Fine weather, fine food and a round of golf

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THE Rotary Club of Clitheroe and Mytton Fold Golf Club joined forces to support their respective charities – Crossroads Care and Salford Royal Hospital’s Kidney Research Unit – in their annual ‘Taste of Lancashire’ Charity Golf competition.

Blessed with fine weather, the teams faced an 18 hole stableford competition with the reward of a sampling of Lancashire’s finest foods throughout.

From black pudding, sausages and ice cream to Lancashire tea, cider and beer the range of excellent local fare was on offer.

The day was rounded off by a celebratory meal in the hotel followed by a fund-raising auction which was again supported by local, and not-so-local generous sponsors, with everything from a television to watering cans.

The winning team on the day were Mr Captain’s Team, consisting of Captain Gordon Lucas, Garry Davies, Ray Standring and Dave Griffiths, however the biggest win went to both charities who each benefited to the tune of £1100.

•A large yellow unidentified flying object was spotted over Mytton Fold Golf Club on Saturday. A local historian was later able to identify the object as the sun, and the golfers made the most of the brief interlude.

Club captain Gordon Lucas celebrated his charity stableford competition by applying sun cream just 24 hours after the course had been closed due to torrential rain.

Chris Chadwick, playing off 6 led the field home with an outstanding 42 points, one more than runner up Philip Campbell.

The final podium position went to Mark Slater with 39 points who also took a third of the twos pot when he, Captain Elect Phil Hammond and John Kwasniewski all birdied the first hole.

The Ladies’ July Medal was a tight affair, with both Hazel Sellars (35) and Linda Clegg (23) coming in with nett 81s. After a card playoff the win went to Hazel who is making her way up the ladies’ Order of Merit. Jean Havard finished in third position one shot behind the leaders.

• The senior citizens took time out at Clitheroe Golf Club to compete for the Seniors Championship and Alan Gillespie won a head to head with Andrew Walmsley for the F.H.Long, Gross prize. Two dropped shots on the 18th was the only blemish on Gillespie’s card as he matched Walmsleys 75.

Peter Woods, off 17, came back in three over, including a birdie on the 17th to win the Seniors’ Rosebowl with a nett 67.

Steve Dean was in fine fettle and birdies at the 9th and 18th gave him second prize ahead of Mike Gibson with the same nett 70 score.

Alan Houghton started like an express train with two birdies and claimed the 55-59 prize with a 71.

Dave Heesom topped the next category prize list, only dropping one shot on the back nine for his nett 72.

Into the true pensioners category and Dave Warner overcame a heavy blip on the 13th to show some bottle and finish with a 73 for just reward.

The evergreen legend Jack Simmons showed there is life in Simmo yet as he took home the prize for the most Senior Group.

The Medal for those members who do not yet qualify as seniors showed young Tom Forrest in top form. Out in 34 he produced the best gross score of the day but had to settle for third nett prize in Division One after cards with Richard Lowery on 69.

Kevin Rogerson finished well with a one under last six to an impressive 68 and first place.

Chris Brennan came good in Division Two with a solid 69 and Ian Battersby showed true grit after four sevens on his card to birdie the 16th and take second place from John Kenyon with the same 72.

The 6th Midweek Medal found Carl Drinkwater in sober mood with three birds in his nett 70 and a two-shot margin over John Hacking gave him top spot.

Geoff Sutcliffe returned a 70 to leave David Short, short of a prize after cards with the same score.

The seniors were in action again on a wet Wednesday and Chris Vines led the field home with 35 points.

John Naylor had three hic’ups but a good finish gave him the edge over Swamy Narayana after countback for second place.

Norman Entwistle and Keith Pedder shared the two’s pot with birdies on the tricky 17th.

Sundays Club Mixed Invitation was a stroll in the park for Chris Vines and Sue Taylor as they took first prize with 41 points and a comfortable margin over Eileen and Mr Baron in second

Peter Hargreaves was pleased to take third with a little help from playing partner M. Cross.

Lady captain elect, Gill Eddlestone is showing good form in the build up to her year in office and only Elizabeth Narayana returned a better nett score in Thursday’s Chris Stokes Pendant and EWGA Medal.

Eddlestone took second prize ahead of the competitive Michelle Fielding and Pat Murray was just one shot away in 4th.

Kath Tattersall raced into the winners enclosure ahead of Elizabeth Truman and Marian Niven to take the Ladies 9 hole Stableford.

Michelle Fielding featured again in the Ladies Midweek Medal but had to settle for the runners up spot three shots behind Janet Bailey with a winning 72.

Mary Thompson was pleased to take third place after a card play-off with Kath Bithell on the same mark.

The young guns were in action again for the Junior Summer Champion Series and George Nightingale continued his progression with a nett 67 to top the Leaderboard.

Jack Mercer with 80-10-70 was second ahead of George Young who won a card play-off with Tom Riley for third.

• This week saw members compete in Whalley Golf Club – Centenary Captains Day.

Captain John Heap had a glorious day for his competition and his hospitality was enjoyed by all, not least the eventual winner. The champion on the day and double winner, as he won Presidents’ Day last week, was Simon Lightbown with a superb 90-21-69 via a card play off from Bill Banks again with an excellent 84-15-69.

Third went to Peter Fletcher with a 77-7-70. The best front nine went to Richard Robinson. The best back nine went to John Hyde. The longest drive went to Greame Langlands. The nearest the pin went to Peter Fletcher.