Karen makes it a hat-trick of wins for Whalley!

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Whalley’s Karen Thompson is pictured with the spoils of success after winning the Observer Ladies’ Golf Trophy Final at Green Haworth Golf Club last Sunday in cold and blustery conditions.

The competition is played on a knockout basis between seven local clubs over the summer.

In spite of the conditions, Karen was in superb form and played a steady and solid round, beating Pam Woodhouse of Accrington on the 15th hole, 4&3.

Karen’s excellent win makes it a hat-trick for Whalley who have now won the trophy for the last three consecutive years.

The subsidiary competition played on the same day was won by Linda Shewan and Sue Blades (Accrington) with 44 points followed by Ann Peill (Rishton) and Margaret Calvert (Whalley) with 39 points.

• CLITHEROE captain-elect Paul Wood found the heavy going to his liking when he was victorious in Saturday’s Single Stableford.

A birdie on the 1st and three pars to finish resulted in a match-winning total of 40 points.

Mark Beaumont followed Wood into the Division Two winners’ enclosure with a storming finish of two pars and a birdie on the 18th for 38 points.

John Ashworth found 14 points on the last six holes to take third with 36.

The resilient Brian Stokes was just out of the prizes in fifth spot as David Proos, courtesy of a 3 on the tricky 17th won a countback with the same 35 points

Craig Alison had a runaway victory in Division One with five birdies and 10 pars in his 41 points.

David Parkinson headed a trio on 36 when, in spite of a blob on the 14th, he came back with 20 points to pip Steve Poulter Ackers for second place.

Paul Nightingale had a purple patch around the turn with four birdies but had to settle for fourth after cards.

Dave Heesom was just one point off the pace with the same 35 points as the other Wood, Clive.

The experience of club president Chris Stokes and her partner Brian overcame a plucky challenge from the Fieldings to win the Mixed Doubles KO Trophy, and the Hamers, Chris and Paul took home the Men’s Foursomes prize.

Harry Ingram is Singles KO champion and Andrew Fish won the Castle Cup.