Marsden Park are denied

Pictured are Pleasington duo Kevin Stanton and Martyn Brooks proudly accept the winners' trophy, watched by Marsden Park captain John Earnshaw (far left) and ELGA President Kevin Lynch (far right)

Pictured are Pleasington duo Kevin Stanton and Martyn Brooks proudly accept the winners' trophy, watched by Marsden Park captain John Earnshaw (far left) and ELGA President Kevin Lynch (far right)

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Marsden Park played host to the East Lancashire Golf Association Handicap Trophy for the first time - with the hosts missing out on victory by just one point.

The Nelson club finished runners-up to Pleasington, who scored 291 points.

Phil Storey, Chief Executive of Pendle Leisure Trust, which runs Marsden Park Golf Course, said: “We were very pleased to welcome the East Lancashire Golf Association to Marsden Park.

“It gave us a good opportunity to show off the course to other East Lancashire clubs.

“It is in superb condition thanks to the good work done by Tim Randall and his team.”

Still at Marsden Park, and on Saturday, the Open Four-Person Team competition was won by M. Brandwood, L. Bond, G. Tounge and G. Pollock.

Second were C. Clarkin, N. Ormerod, J. Rigby and D. Clarkin, ahead of G. Holden, S. Davenport, S. Holden and S. Davenport.

There were twos for M. Brandwood, L. Bond, G. Tounge and G. Pollock.

• NELSON lost the Leggate Putter when they played their annual match against Burnley on Saturday.

With 30 pairs representing each club at Glen View, the match was close all day with Burnley eventually winning by 39 stableford points.

Star performers for Nelson were Nick Uttley and Chris Hartley with 43 points, five more than second-placed Luke Ormerod and Gareth Jones.

The following day John and Sandra Driver won the Centenary Mixed Salver by almost five shots.

They returned 80-16.4-63.2 to eclipse the efforts of Edward Lee and Alison Short (81-12.8-68.2).

There was a three-way card play-off for third place with Gordon and Pat Cayley (90-19.6-70.4) taking the final prize.

Last Monday, Nelson sent a team of ladies to compete in the LLCGA Interclub Handicap Divisional meeting at Breightmet Golf Club.

They survived high winds, rain and occasional lightening, but, unfortunately, failed to qualify for the finals.

The team was Lynne Grandfield, Jan Brown, Marion Wilkinson and Vena Eastwood.

On the same day, the Bronze team played Walmesley at home, and recorded a decisive 4-1 win.

The team was captain Joyce Aikman, Wendy Collins, Penny Stanworth, Janet Thompson and Jean Lewis

And last Thursday, in the Medal and ELLGA qualifier, Kate Dennis returned a remarkable 67, reducing her handicap by two shots to 16 - an excellent start to her season.

Lynn Hepworth, returned a 69 and reduced her handicap by a shot. She beat Sandra Driver on a card play-off. Sandra is just returning to form after a break of 13 years!

• AT Colne, very windy conditions greeted the competitors for the first 18 holes of the Hewitt Bowl, the first 36-hole competition of the year, with the concluding round to be played tomorrow.

Leading the way is Matthew Birt, who recorded 79-12-67, in second place is Gary Boucher with 88-20-68 and third Jason Spain with 89-20-69.

The Derek Tattersall Memorial Trophy on Saturday was a keenly contested competition, with the top three places going to three very talented golfers playing off single figures.

The winner on a card play-off, who won with a great score of nett 66, was Steve Greenwood, playing off six.

He beat John Riley, who also had a 66 and plays off seven.

In third place, one shot behind with a nett 67, was Tony Turner, playing off three.

• GHYLL Ladies played for their second trophy competition of the season, the Lady Nelson Bowl, last Tuesday.

The winner was Anne Maud with 90-21-69, who dropped one shot to handicap as a result.

Second was Lesley Nash with 82-12-70, and third was Eva Brown with 98-26-72.