Clitheroe Golf Club beats the weather

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THUNDER, lightning and heavy showers did their best to spoil Captain John Whowell’s Day at Clitheroe Golf Club but 171 competitors braved the elements and after a late, late finish their response was “Take That”.

Alex Taylor kept his powder dry with birdies on the 5th and 13th and a nett 68 to win the Division One Captains Prize with a two-shot margin over David Enion.

Enion claimed the runners up prize after cards with Nigel Clowes on the same mark.

Craig Allison won the three way duel with Swamy Narayama and Michael Cerami for 4th after cards.

The packed clubhouse responded loudly to the announcement that Keith Allen had taken the Division Two Captains Prize with his impressive nett 68.

Peter Greaves birdied the tricky 2nd but could not match Allen’s score so settled for the runners up spot.

David Fearnley Brown looked to have the trophy in his cabinet after 15 holes but six dropped shots on the run in resulted in a 71 and 3rd place.

David Proos, Jim Sprint and Peter Woods took the remaining prizes and Martin Cane the Best Gross.

Danny Nutter finished -5 CSS with two brilliant rounds to become Club Champion on Sunday with scores of 70 and 71.

Martin Cane continued to illustrate his natural talent with rounds of 71 and 75 to fill the runners up spot with a six-shot margin over Craig Allison.

Allison’s second round 71 was in sharp contrast and a remarkable recovery to his first round 81 for third.

Young guns, Hayden Moorcroft and Sam Geddes caught the eye as they mixed it with the big boys and seven handicap Moorcroft won 5th prize with his 76-79 returns.

Head greenkeeper Andrew Geddes was pleased to see son Sam take home the best nett with a two round total of 143.

The Open Qualifying Course was the venue for Tuesday’s Single Stableford and Clive Wood enjoyed the experience when his 39 points was best of the day.

Steve Credie was two points away in 2nd ahead of a trio on 36. Tom Forrest got the better of Paul Nightingale and the other Andy Murray after cards.

Their was little action from the Ladies last week as Lady Captains Day was affected by the weather but Sophie Lamb recorded the Best Gross to win the Captain’s Prize for Juniors.

George Young and Jack Mercer returned identical 82-10-72 scores and Young won the best nett after countback. Edward James was just one shot away with his 73 in third place.

• LADY Captain’s Day at Stonyhurst Park had to be abandoned on Saturday because of thunder and lightning, however the Junior Captain’s Day went ahead as planned in the late afternoon showers.

The competition for the more experienced junior golfers was reduced to 14 holes because of the weather and was won by 10 handicapper George Young with 62-7.5-54.5 with playing partner Toby Bolton in second place with 79- 24-55.

With George taking the overall winner’s trophy, Louis Phelps was awarded the best gross prize with 76. A separate nine-hole competition organised for the younger, less experienced juniors was won by Finn Gateley with 78-27-51.

In the annual 27-hole Barry Bolton competition greenkeeper Barry and his wife Denise provide lunch for the competitors after the first 18 holes. The 18 hole morning competition was won by Steve Rushton with 85-21-64 and Ian McDonnell, using the following wind to good effect in the afternoon, won the nine-hole competition with 39-5-34. The overall 27 hole competition was won by Ted Crosby with 124-22.5-111.5.

• The ladies at Whalley Golf Club held a South African Scramble Stableford competition on Thursday. Unfortunately, due to torrential rain, the competition was reduced to nine holes. In spite of the challenging conditions, the winning team of Joan Whittaker, Sarah Clemson, Viv Lee and Margaret Breakell came in with a very creditable score of 20 points.

• Mytton Fold Golf Club has a new champion in the form of Ray Standring.

Ray won the club’s highest golfing honour by returning the lowest gross score in this weekend’s Club Championship.

Originally calendared as a two-day competition, Saturday’s heavy rain and thunderstorms forced an early end to the first day. With a backlog of events building the club were forced into making this a single day event, and Ray’s gross 77 was a fitting end to a recent loss of form. Chris Chadwick came in with a gross 80 to finish runner-up with Club Treasurer Frank Tunstall a shot further back in third.

Eoghan Gilbert won the nett competition with an outstanding 85-20-65 with Ray Standring’s 77-8-69 earning him second spot. Frank Tunstall’s 81-12-69 was just not quite good enough, losing out on a card playoff.

In the Order of Merit Past Captain John Berry’s recent run of form has given him a lead of ten points over the chasing Luke Chadwick (36 points), who, in turn, is three ahead of Martin Holden and four ahead of Bob Devine.

Mytton Fold Golf Club’s Ladies’ Open ended on a soggy note when the heavens opened as the competition drew to a close.

Shrugging off the raindrops were the winning team of Jean Sanderson (Mytton Fold), Maggie Harvey (Whalley) and Maureen Board (Whalley) who finished ahead of the team of Lady Captains made up of Jean Dodgson (Great Harwood), Karen Riley (Wilpshire) and Janet Halfpenney (Stonyhurst Park).

Third spot was taken by Tarja Wilson (Mytton Fold), Bee Read (Settle) and Sue Johnson (Settle).

• This week saw Whalley Golf Club members compete in The Veterans Bowl (for players 55+) and the first round of the Arthur Longworth Trophy.

The miserable playing conditions certainly favoured the morning players as the incessant rain made the course more and more difficult to compete in as the day progressed and play even being suspended at one point due to electricity in the local skies, and player safety being paramount.

The victor on the day with a hugely impressive four under total was Bruce Craig 83-15-68 followed two shots behind by Andrew Wray 71-1-70 who nipped second via a card play off from Trevor Thornber in third 79-9-70.