Ashworth takes the win at Mytton Fold Golf Club

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Mytton Fold Golf Club held their Frank Hargreaves Trophy competition on Sunday in unseasonably sunny weather.

On a drying course, Matt Ainsworth took the win with 40 points, beating Frank Havard on a card play-off. While Matt swept to a balanced score of 20 points on both the front and back nine holes, Frank peaked early with 25 points on the front nine, only to fade away with three blobs on the homeward run.

With Havard taking the seniors’ award, Peter Kiddie was runner-up, two points in arrears.

The fight for third spot saw five players carding 37 points. After cards in the clubhouse, Chris Chadwick took third, followed by Mick Bryan, Dave Bolton, Tony Wilson and Phil Clegg.

Allison Nuttall headed the ladies home with 31 points after a card play-off with lady captain-elect Patricia Leyland.

In the juniors’ section, Harry Crossley won from Kyle Furlong and Shaud Aldred.

In the twos competition. Tony Wilson took his share at the first hole, while Dave Griffith, Mick Bryan, Steve James and Captain John Berry all took theirs at the ninth. Past Captain Frank Hindle missed out when his playing partner failed to hand in their scorecards!

• AT Stonyhurst Park, last Monday the ladies’ section played the Frances Lee Summer Medal. The winner was Val Fairless with 94-25-69, second was Margaret Duckett with a 74 and third was Sue Kirk with a 75. The ladies also played a nine-hole competition, won by Ruth Seed with 54-18-36, which included an impressive two on the fifth hole.

The ladies’ Invitation was won by Jean Alcock and Pat Brennan, Audrey Barnes and her guest came second and ex-lady captain Sheila Parman and Francis Gierat came third.

On Sunday the men’s Invitation was won by Adam Lakeland, a new member, with his partner T. Williams with 46 points, second was Adam Hayhurst and D.Rodwell with 44 points and third was Steve Clash and Tom Harper with 41 points on a card play-off.

• CLITHEROE Golf Clubs Alan Gillespie took the best gross with a 73 in the Open Singles Competition on Wednesday, and produced another stunning round on Saturday to win the Captain’s Prize. Gillespie’s 72-3-69 in difficult conditions was good enough to win him the top prize.

Mark Ashworth followed up his Harold Ryden Trophy success with another sub par round of 70, but 70+1 only gave him third place in Division One behind Derek Marsh and Gillespie.

John Hacking, Mark Riley and Denis Greenup completed the prize list after cards with Ashworth, all returning nett 71s.

In Division Two, Ian Battersby, on the par four 16th, was putting for a par but finished with a 12, though he still took fifth with a nett 73.

Graeme Edmundson’s impressive nett 66 gave him a two-shot margin over Norman Fielding for the Division Two Captain’s Prize.

Steve Taylor and James Tootle slotted into third and fourth, and Gary Moores took the final spot with 74.

Danny Nutters 73 won the best gross.

Stonyhurst member Steve Cash was the only visitor to win a prize in the Open Singles, topping Division One with a sparkling nett 67.

Home member Nigel Clowes was two shots back, followed by Alex Cave and Tim Stanley.

Charles Donald headed Division Two ahead of Wayne Townley, Ian Walsh and Nigel Schofield.

In Sunday’s Fourball, Mark Riley partnered Chris Smith to a massive 49 points, four better than Dean Braithwaite and Geoff Sutcliffe. Craig Allison and Daniel Turner had 44 points in third and Steve Dean was well rewarded for 43 points with Tim Stanley in fourth.

The Professional’s Prize for juniors saw Bradley Boddie take top honours with 68 nett. Callum Darcy matched the 68 but had to settle for second after cards. Keiran Grimshaw took third with a solid 69 and the nine-hole prize went to Ben Dowds.

The ladies’ section had a busy week, where the major event was the Jane Panter Shield and EWGA Medal.

Six-handicap Tracy Bentley and Michelle Fielding produced nett 74 returns but Jane Hoyle won with a three-shot margin with a nett 71.

Bentley claimed second after a card play-off and Sharon Turner, Emma Clegg and Gill Eddlestone filled the minor places.

A nine-hole Stableford on the same day found Marion Read at the head with 15 points, a one-shot advantage over Judith Bishop.

Barbara Crowther and Patricia Rees had twos on the 5th and Lynda Mercer and Gillian Eddlestone on the 8th.

Bentley again got the better of Fielding in the Doug Joss Shield when they took the top two places with a comfortable margin over Susan Gibson.

Jan Walsh won the nine -hole Stableford with 18 points ahead of Barbara Brown.

In the Sunday Medal, Kris Baldwin took first place with a 77. Kath Bithell’s 77 gave her second place after cards and past captain Lynda Mercer got the better of present lady captain, Jan Burrows for third after a further card play-off.