Tables turned at Mytton Fold as ‘duffer’ wins

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Tables were turned when Mytton Fold Golf Club played their Champion of Champions and Duffer’s Cup on Saturday.

Two simultaneous competitions to settle the club’s Champion of Champions – taken from the winners and runners-up of the summer competitions – and the ‘duffers’ who had failed to make their mark this year – once again showed that past form was not the best predictor of future performance when a ‘duffer’ beat a ‘champ’.

Duffer’s Cup entrant Oliver Kenyon shot an outstanding 93-26-67 to to take the outright win, four shots clear of fellow duffer Dave Griffith (85-14-71).

The honour of being best Champion fell to Darryl Mankowski, whose 93-22-71just held off Wayne Ivinson (77-6-71) by way of a card play-off.

Just a further shot in arrears came Chris Chadwick (77-5-72) and John Welch (93-21-72).

There were just four twos, with Wayne Ivinson and Barry Hargreaves birdying the first, while Mick Mahon and Mankowski followed their lead on the ninth.

With just one round remaining in the summer Order of Merit, it’s a three way fight between leader Gary Aldred (71 points), Nigel Fairhurst (64 points) and John Parkinson (62 points).

Another version of the Mytton Fold Junior/Adult competition was held on Sunday, with teams playing for points over nine holes so that our younger members could learn how to score in a Stableford format.

The final result was very close with only three points separating the five teams.

Winners for a second time this year were Ciaran Halsall partnering Captain-Elect Peter Main, with Joshua Tunstall and Eoghan Gilbert a close second just one point behind.

The third round of the Kevin Shanley Charity Golf Competition was played last week.

With the best two scores to count, several seniors were in the hunt for the overall win.

Phil Chadwick led the field home in the first round with an excellent 80-14-66, the only player to break the 70 barrier.

Dave Jackson’s second round score of 86-19-67 just pipped Mick Bryan’s 81-13-68 in round two.

With the best two scores from the three rounds to count for the overall trophy, a number of seniors suffered from unsigned scorecards and other minor ailments and disqualifications.

Last week’s final round saw a rash of low scoring, with Ray Standring shooting an outstanding 72-8-64 to finish just ahead of regular playing partner Garry Davies (80-14-66).

Back in the clubhouse, the scores were computed and showed that Phil Chadwick’s 66+71=137 made him the winner of the Kevin Shanley Charity Trophy, three strokes ahead of Mick Bryan, Kevin Shanley and Ray Standring.

The real winner, however was Derian House Children’s Hospice, as all entry fees contribute to the local charity.

Alan Clarke B.E.M. was on fire in Clitheroe Golf Club’s Seniors Final Stableford.

Solid all through, Clarke got the better of the plucky John Marsden, who had a cracking front nine but faded on the run in to miss out after cards with the same total.

Steve Cunliffe slipped into third place after count-back with Keith Pedder.

Ian Murray dropped five shots on the first three holes in Saturday’s Medal but made no mistakes on the remainder with a back to back birdie finish to win the day with a nett 67.

Kevin Rogerson’s birdie on the 18th gave him the edge in a three way play-off for second place over Peter Catlow and Nigel Fitton with nett 68s.

A level par back nine put Mark Jones on the Leader Board with his 74-5-69 return.

The most remarkable round was Clive Richard’s nett 70 as he recovered from a nine on the first and shot a birdie par finish for his just reward.

A three way play-off for the Division One Prize put Michael Cook on top ahead of Ralph Postlethwaite and Geoff Sutcliffe with nett 70s.

Two more 70s in Division Two and Norman Fielding got the nod over David Coupe.

Peter Bell’s birdie on the 18th allowed him to match Peter Hargreaves and take third place with the same nett 71.

Phil Bishop battled on after a shaky start and fell one point short of the winning score of Nick Brice for the Division Three Prize.

Colin Mustoe put the seal on a winning score with a par/birdie finish in Sunday’s Fourball, but partner John Wetton played his part with an eagle 2 on the 15th and the duo stormed in with 44 points.

The other Wetton,Andrew, and Alf England from Scotland took second prize just two points behind.

Garry Speak showed his class with two birdies and an eagle on the back nine as he and Chris Vines slipped into third place with the same 42.

George Nightingale was a comfortable winner of the Junior Medal with his 81-11-70 score.

Sebastian Cave was best of the rest with his solid nett 75.

Jean Holt and Elizabeth Narayana were only one over after nine and coasted in for a winning 39 points total in last week’s Ladies’ Stableford.

Lady Captain Gillian and Chris Stokes gelled well with a good finish to score 38 points and claim second place.

Tracy Bentley and Michelle Fieldin’s 37 points gave them a one-shot margin over Gail Clifford and Jan Revis for third prize.

Sue Cartledge and Irene Hinks found twos on the 5th and Tracey Bentley and Kath Bithell did likewise on the 8th.