On the very day marking the centenary of the naval Battle of Jutland in the Great War Roy Spragg achieved the third hole-in-one of his golfing career.
Playing in a three-man team senior competition alongside Ray Duckworth and Ken Wilkinson on the 175 yard par three ‘County Brook’ hole and using his ‘gentleman’s persuader’, a trusty seven wood, he not only carried the beck guarding the front and side of the green but also landed the ball on the proverbial sixpence for it eventually to roll up into the cup positioned very close to the water. His two previous successes, over 10 years ago and within weeks of each other, had been on the same hole and on the 130 yard ‘Curlew’s Cry’ hole.
Elsewhere at the club, under sunny skies and with the course in superb condition at Ghyll on Saturday, David Walling posted 43 points, the equivalent of a one over gross score of 71 to take the May Stableford .
His scintillating round included three birdies and 11 pars to leave the field of 50 trailing in his wake.
Sean Nutter (38 points) took a distant second place on the card from Joe Pizer. On the junior front Josh Carlos returned 38 stableford points to lift the Alan Preston Memorial Trophy, while Jake Barnes (35 pts) shaded second place on the card from Freddie Paxton.
A card play-off was required to determine the winner of Captain Alec Russell’s Junior Prize.
The laurels went to Ben Jolly with a score of 38 stableford points ahead of Spencer Datkiewicz. Freddie Paxton was two points behind in third.
Playing in Division Two of the Bradford Union Scratch League, Ghyll under the captaincy of Steve Greenwood have made a steady start– beating The Manor GC by six points to two, losing to South Bradford by the same margin and halving their match with Bradford GC.
Liam Bowditch has won two matches while Steve Greenwood, Jonny McGeachie and Jason Wright have recorded one victory each.
Judith Blades, Ghyll’s Lady Captain, recorded her second victory of the season in taking the Slater Shield with a runaway score of 42 stableford points. Susan Tattersall (36 pts) and Eileen Chapple (34 pts) completed the leader board.