Gary edged out after strong challenge in James Braid Open event

Pictured from left are Jan Burrows, Trudy Walne, Chris Stokes, Vic Morris, Jean Holt and Nancy Mortimer (s).
Pictured from left are Jan Burrows, Trudy Walne, Chris Stokes, Vic Morris, Jean Holt and Nancy Mortimer (s).

Clitheroe Golf Club’s James Braid Open attracted entrants from clubs as far apart as Scarborough and Bath.

But Burnley golfer Simon Waterworth from Towneley took the honours on a day that produced some outstanding performances.

Three birdies and six pars in the first nine holes saw home player Gary Byrne lay down a strong challenge to the field of 140, but three consecutive dropped shots at 10,11 and 12 proved costly for the 3-handicapper, whose highly creditable round of 70-3-67 was just one shot behind Waterworth.

The winner’s one-under-par 70 included six birdies and gave him a nett score of 66, one better than Lancaster’s Simon Lang with 77-10-67 relegating Byrne to third place on a card play-off.

In the Seniors’ Open Fourball, North Manchester’s D. Birrane and D. Collins scored 42 points to squeeze out local pairing Norman Fielding and David Knowles on a card play-off. T. Brennan and G. Hargreaves claimed third with 40 points, and the best gross was won by Dennis Greenup and Dave Heesom.

A midweek medal and Tradesman’s Trophy qualifier was won by Tim Stanley with an excellent 74-05-69. George Nightingale was runner-up with 80-09-71, and, despite having two 9s on his card, Phil Bishop made it into third and a two-stroke handicap reduction with his 98-27-71. Club Champion Mark Ashworth had the best gross score of 71.

Andrew Driver won Sunday’s Single Stableford competition with 39 points after a card play-off with Andrew Blockeel. Third was John Fryer with 37 points and the Divisional winners were Julian Troup (Division One), Mark Ashton (Division Two) and Allan Hacking (Division Three).

Sam Geddes and Josh Connelly battled it out in the Junior Summer Champion Medal 4, with Sam just getting the better of Josh by one shot with a 79-05-74.

It was a big day for Clitheroe ladies last Thursday with 57 golfers competing for Vic Morris’s President Day’s Prize. A card play-off was required to separate the two leading scores but an excellent back nine in level par by 4 handicap Chris Stokes gave her the edge over Jean Holt with a score of 78-04-74.

The best gross prize went to Jan Burrows with her 86.

The nine hole competition was won by Nancy Mortimer with 18 points.

During the prize presentation ceremony, the President and the lady members stood for a minute’s silence in memory of Peter Chanter, a former President of Clitheroe Golf Club who died recently.

The Ladies’ Two Division Stableford last Wednesday was won by Jean Holt (Division One) with 26 points, and Rosemary Sims (Division Two) with 27 points.