First win for Val at Colne Golf Club

FIRST WIN: Val Standage receives the Charity Shield from lady captain Stella Kitson.
FIRST WIN: Val Standage receives the Charity Shield from lady captain Stella Kitson.
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IN hot, sunny conditions, the ladies at Colne Golf Club competed for the Charity Shield, with all proceeds going to lady captain Stella Kitson’s chosen charity Pendleside Hospice.

Val Standage’s score of 104-33-71 not only recorded her first win, she also reduced her handicap by one shot.

Val came in three shots ahead of second place Linda Ryder, whose score of 101-27-74 beat Dorothy Slater’s 103-29-74 on a card play-off.

Colne Bronze got back to winning ways with an excellent win at Chorley.

The team, consisting of Kitson, Freda Lester, Jennifer Sims and Janet Ferguson recorded a win of 4-1, leaving Colne in a healthy position in the league.

Meanwhile, Tina Fishwick came a creditable 25th out of 101 in the EWGA Regional Medal Final - North Region held at York Golf Club.

The event brought ladies from as far afield as Merseyside to Newcastle to compete for a place in the top 10 and represent the North in the EWGA 2012 Medal Final.

Last year was Tina’s first competitive year playing golf and not only did she improve her handicap by five shots, she gained the prestigious honour of representing Colne Ladies in the EWGA event.

On the day, in hot, sultry conditions, Tina struggled on the greens on the front nine but adjusted well on the back and parred three holes, bringing her in with a score of 77.

Still at Colne, on Saturday, Alan Lonsdale held the final President’s Day Competition of his three-year tenure, played in very warm but windy conditions.

The course, in excellent conditions, played very tough.

The winner on the day was Stuart Pratt, brother of Martin, who last week picked up the prize of the 36-hole Hewitt Bowl. Stuart recorded a score of 88-18-70 to win by one from Ken Finley 87-16-71, who in turn beat George Bradbury on countback.

The gross prize went to Brian Earnshaw.

Nearest the pin at the seventh hole was Ken Finley, and at the 14th, Keith Wilson.

On Sunday, the President held his mixed Greensome event which again was played in warm but windy conditions.

The husband and wife partnership of Tony and Liz Gornall were victorious with a net score of 68.2.

In second place were Rae Halstead and Jimmy Hartley with a score of 70.4, and in third place, husband and wife Phil and Kath Vernon.

• IN the Ghyll May Medal, with four golfers getting 37 points, the winner was Brian Wright, on count back.

In second place was Liam Willingham, third Liam Bowditch and fourth Dave Cockell.

On Sunday, the S. Kynaston Memorial Trophy was held on a glorious day, and the winner with a net 66 was Stuart Airdrie, beating Jack Farnill on countback.

Jack was the the Category Two winner.

The Category One winner was John McGeachie with 67, and the Category Three winner was Jamie Fox with a net 72.

The Ghyll ladies played in the sunshine last Tuesday for the Slater Shield, and it was won by last year’s lady captain, SueTaylforth, with 33 points.

Second was Pat Parrington, and third was Lesley Nash both with 30 points.

The A team drew their match away at Bingley St Ives on Thursday, on another scorching hot day, during which Barbara Chapman scored a hole in one on the 10th!

Last Saturday, Ghyll played the first round of the Bader Mixed Greensome Stableford, and the winning couple going forward to the next round are Anne and Colin Maud.

On the Sunday, the Derek Tattersall Memorial Trophy was held, and a very tight but enjoyable competition was won by David Cockell with a net 69, beating Martin Robinson on a card play-off.

The Division Two winner was Matthew Heald with a net 71 and the Division Three winner was Paul Barnes with a net 70.

Last Tuesday the Ghyll ladies played for the Lady Nelson Trophy.

This was won by Hilary Hardaker, second was the in-form junior Emma Blades and third was Lesley Nash.

• IN glorious weather conditions, the vice captains Martin Shaw and Michelle Lingard had a full competition field at Marsden Park.

The men’s winner was Robert Stanton (85-18-67) from Billy Ireland (80-12-68), on the card from Sean Brearley (85-17-68).

Fourth was Russel Shaun (81-12-69), on the card from Michael Whalley (78-9-69), with Sam Balderstone (75-6-69) sixth, Mark Eastwood (79-10-69) seventh and Philip Marlow (84-14-70) eighth.

Best gross was Balderstone’s 75.

The ladies’ competition was won by Janet Kelly (92-19-73) on the card from Cheryl Gorman (105-32-73), with Michelle Lingard (102-25-77) third.

Ryan McGinty (89-28-61) was the junior winner from Tyler Baxter (84-18-66).

• HOME advantage was decisive as the Nelson Handicap team lost 6-1 at Accrington last Monday.

The team was Lynne Grandfield, Jan Brown, Kate Dennis, Marion Wilkinson, Anne Kendra, Vena Eastwood and Helen Varley.

On Wednesday, the Bronze team avenged last week’s defeat, winning 5-0 at home to Stoneyhurst.

The team was Pauline Burrows, Sheila Birchall, Penny Stanworth, Joyce Aikman and Margaret Pickles.

The following day, the Golf Foundation Brooch and Medal saw six ladies in the club house all on 71, with card play-offs being worked out, and the last lady in scored 66!

Sandra Driver took advantage of the super conditions and was rewarded with a handicap reduction of two shots.

Kirsty O’Connor’s round of gross 72, nett 71, showed an excellent return to form as she finished fourth.

Margaret Pickles (107-36-71) was second, earning a handicap reduction to 35, and Vena Eastwood (90-19-71) was third.

Fifth was Stella Newton (89-18-71) from Cath Walne (84-13-71) and Joyce Aikman (99-28-71).

The Darrel Cockroft Trophy, played in gale-force winds, was won by Lewis Bancroft’s 100-27-71 - four shots clear of Matthew Halstead (91-16-75), who was runner-up on the card from Sophie Potter (86-11-75).

Best gross was Curtis Clarkin’s 80.

The nine-hole competition was won by Travis Holt (51-20-31), 10 clear of Jacob Thomason (64-23-41) and Morgan Myers (63-20-43).

Meanwhile, in the third round of the Blackburn League, Nelson beat Clitheroe 4-0.

And Ben Short claimed the third gross with an overall 142, after a 72 and a 70 in the Penwortham Rose Bowl.