NICK Uttley chalked up yet another success at Nelson Golf Club on Sunday – and in doing so created a slice of club history.
Nelson have staged the Trafalgar Trophy as part of the Northern Order of Merit for more than two decades.
And in that time three players had chalked up three wins.
But on Sunday Uttley carded rounds of 70 and 68 to win on a card play-off from Craig Fort and become the first person to record four wins.
Fort, with rounds of 69 and 69, had to settle for runners-up spot and missed out on the chance to become the first to four wins by the slenderest of margins.
The other of the trio with three wins, Daniel Nutter (71 and 69), finished fourth one shot behind former winner Steve McGlynn (Blackburn), the winner in 2008.
Tony Flanagan carded two level-par 70s to take fifth spot and James Bowditch (The Adlington) returned 69 and 73 to win the last of the 36-hole gross prizes.
Former Nelson member Jonathon Whalley (Haydock Park) had the best 36-hole nett after returning 147-10-137; the best morning gross was scored by Ritchie Blundell (Hillside) with a 67 and Marsden Park’s Adam Fothergill had the best afternoon round with a score of 71.
Last Tuesday, Nelson ladies took on Colne in the Colne and Nelson Salver, donated by Winnie Stiff, past captain of Marsden Park and Colne, to further relations between the two clubs.
Unfortunately, the weather was so extreme that conversation was limited to indoors!
Always a competetive event, which has now been extended to a four-ball matchplay, Nelson won 5.5-1.5.
The Nelson team was Margaret Taylor and Lynne Grandfield, Liz Duckworth and Jill Thomason, Kate Dennis and Lynne Hepworth, Marion Wilkinson and Joyce Holgate, Frances Sparks and Pauline Burrows, Jackie Swift and Pat Cayley, and Vena Eastwood and Carol Jeffries
On Thursday, summer returned for one day only for the Medal and LGU Brooch, which was won by Marion Wilkinson (92-17-75), who earned a one-shot handicap reduction.
The hard-working, long-term team captain played well to win after a card play-off from Yuk Yui (92-17-75), with lady captain Margaret Taylor third (103-28-75) also after cards.
After Stableford adjustments, lady vice captain Anne Dugdale and Christine Fletcher also had their handicaps reduced by a shot.
• COLNE Golf Course held up well after the heavy rainfalls, and Thursday’s sunshine came as a welcome change for the ladies’ waltz format competition.
Winners, with a runaway score of 81 points, were Anne Bradbury, Val Turpin and Sandra Harris, followed by the team of Anne Black, Sue Burgoyne and Ingrid Massie with 72 points, one shot ahead of Sophie Potter, Eva Pinder and Tina Fishwick.
• IN the Ghyll Windle Bowl, in difficult conditions there were some very good scores on Sunday.
The winner was Shaun Hills with a great score of nett 65.
The division one Winner was Tony Turner, the Division Two winner was Billy Ireland and the Division Three winner was Charles Steer.
Each one had a score of net 66, so near and yet so far!
Trevor Dickinson (pictured) won the Bradford and District Union of Golf Clubs’ prestigious Seniors Championship at Cleackheaton Golf Club with a gross 73.
This was three over par on a course he played for the first time, and from a field of 70 competitors. A great achievement!