Ribble Valley golf round-up

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Members of Stonyhurst Park Golf Club came out of hibernation last Saturday - two weeks later than planned due to the weather - for new captain Hugh Pennant-Williams’ drive in.

This was preceded by a Mixed Texas Scramble with 10 teams, won by Ann Hudson, MikeLaking, Ian Topping and Peter Halpin with a score of nett 60. The runners-up with a score of 60.1 were Val Fairless, Ray Robinson, Richard Moody and Graham Monk.

The following day, the Medal Competition was won in category one by Peter Thompson, and category two by Andrew Driver, both with a score of nett 61.

The ladies at Whalley Golf Club held a fun five-club, nine-hole Stableford in teams of three, with two scores to count , last Thursday, won by Karen Thompson, Linda Rhodes and Margaret Breakell with 41 points, followed by Betty Rostron, Marion Chambers and Jennifer Eastwood with 38 points. On their heals in third place were Jean Sanderson, Maureen Board and Margaret Calvert , with 35 points.

Lady captain Wendy Green took part in her first competition of the season, managing seven holes before having to rest due to her injured arm.

The previous Thursday saw a Lady Captain’s team take on a Lady Secretary’s team. Each group of ladies had been drawn by their respective leaders, lady captain Wendy Green and president Lorna Slinger.

The Match Play competition was shortened to nine holes due to extremely cold conditions, and the overall result was a win for the Lady Captain’s team, 5.5 points to 2.5.

Last Monday, Whalley held their first mixed event of the season, the J. C. Penny Classic. Jean Sanderson and Bryan Bradshaw won with a score of 67.1, followed by Mel Earle and Leslie Lohou with 71.4 . In third place were Mike Fletcher and Carol Ashley with 72.3 .

Saturday saw members at Whalley competing in a Three-Man Team event - a stableford scoring format, with the best two scores to count on each hole.

Over 20 teams engaged in the hostilities and some very good scores were posted.

Again the weather played it’s part in the scoring with the morning frost making conditions much more difficult, particularly when trying to stop the ball on the greens.

Afternoon conditions improved dramatically with warm sunshine softening the greens.

Danny Rogers, who won the Captain’s Drive-In last week with a sensational hole-in-one on the last hole, continued his winning streak as part of the victorious team, along with Trevor Thornber and Steve Shoreman with 85 points. Runners-up with 84 points were Vice Captain John Rostron, Dave Flanagan and new member Dave Hanson.

There were twos for Thornber, Hanson and S. Farnsworth.