Snow finally melts at Colne Golf Club

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The ELGA qualifier at Colne was played at the second time of asking on Saturday after the snow melted from the 8th and 9th fairways.

Winner was Andrew Smith ( 79-12-67) from Kevin Valentine (80-12-68) and captain Stephen Barnes (87-18-69).

Completing the quartet to represent Colne at the ELGA final at Baxenden on May 11th is Alan Harker. The gross prize was won by Robert Nesbitt.

Colne ladies played out a close encounter with the first three places all having nett 74. Liz Gornall won on a card play-off , with Anne Graham second and 2012 Merit Winner Irene Lonsdale third.

The Bronze team - captain Marie Lonsdale, Tina Fishwick, Janet Ferguson, Jennifer Sims and Anne Graham - played their first match of the season but lost 6-1 at Mytton Fold. Meanwhile the Handicap team, represented by captain Eva Pinder, Bev Wellock, Anne Bradbury, Liz Gornall Liz Reddy, Freda Lester and Eileen Foulds, played host to a strong Accrington side and lost 4 1/2, 1 1/2.