Donna holds on to claim the Gilbert Benson Trophy

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A birdie birdie finish by Tracey Bentley was not quite enough to prevent Donna Cooper-Holmes taking the Gilbert Benson Trophy by one shot at Clitheroe Golf Club.

Seven-handicapper Tracey covered the back nine in a one over par 38 to take the prize for the best gross with a 79, but par 3s at the 14th and 17th holes saw Donna complete her round with a 106-35-71.

Deborah Catlow was third with a score of 86-12-74.

In a combined Medal and Castle Cup Qualifier on Saturday at Clitheroe, Chris Silverwood headed the list with a score of 79-12-67. After covering the first nine in a steady 40 strokes, a birdie 3 at the 10th got his back nine off to a flying start and despite dropping four shots in three holes from 12 through 14, the last four holes were covered in level par to complete his win over Ian Williams on a card play-off.

Andy Fish took the third spot with a nett 68.

Dennis Greenup had the best gross with a 74.

Divisional winners were: Division One: Simon Swindells (75-4-71); Division Two: Richard Walsham (85-15-70); Division Three: Hubert Hemmingway (95-24-71).