Former club greenkeeper Jonny wins prestigious competition

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Former greenkeeper Jonny McGeachie laid down the gauntlet with a combative 71-6-65 at Ghyll Golf Club to take the Denis Robinson Memorial Trophy.

He finished three shots ahead of Sheldan Pickles (73-5-68), who headed Division One on the card from John Blackmore (75-7-68).

Adam Rowley (83-14-69) took the Division 2 prize on the card from Ivan Rhodes (81-12-69), while Ian Heald (85-17-68) led Division Three.

Ghyll seniors have kept a clean sheet in all their matches against other clubs so far this season with home victories against Settle and Great Harwood, then beating Bracken Ghyll away as well as Green Haworth both home and away.

Individually Bill Eccles (85-18-67) took the April senior medal from Ivan Rhodes (82-12-70) and Jack Farnell (82-11-71) in second and third place respectively.

He then took on all-comers to win the Ford Trophy with a 84-17-67 on the card from Craig Lemon (75-8-67), while Andrew Harling (72-3-69) took third spot on the card from Ghyll’s scratch team captain – Steve Greenwood (73-4-69).

In the Seniors Championship Keith Whittingham (82-15-67) was the pick of the bunch, while Keith Nash (84-15-68) and the rapidly improving Dave Perry (97-28-69) completed the leaderboard.

The in-form Graham Reeder (84-18-66) was more than happy to lose a shot to handicap in taking the May senior medal, with Graham Whipp (83-13-68) less than happy to lose a shot to handicap in second place.

Jack Farnhill (81-11-70) took third place on the card from Ken Davison (91-21-70).

In the April Monthly Stableford, Liam Bowditch shot 42 points to secure a comfortable victory over Richard Eyton-Jones (38 points), while Carl Nevison (37 points) took third place on the card from Joe Pizer.

On the junior front Spencer Datkiewicz returned 43 points to lift the Pennine Tools Trophy, with Matt Stevens (40 points) coming in second ahead of Freddie Paxton (36 points).