Golf: All this week's news from around the district clubs

Harrogate Golf Club

CONGRATULATIONS to Sheila Williams for winning the Centenary Salver and Bronze A division of the May Medal.

With this success Sheila reduced her handicap to 22.

The winner of Silver division in the May Medal was Pat Benson, three shots clear of the rest of the field. Vanessa Newman had the best score in Bronze B, where the top places were keenly contested. There were three ladies who managed to get twos: Margaret Brown, Maggie Gobbi and Celia Fowler. Anne Lawson recorded the best gross of the day in the Medal and Judy Leake in the Centenary Salver.

Results - Silver division: 1, Pat Benson 89 17 72; 2, Anne Lawson 86 11 75; 3, Audrey Craven 96 20 76.

Bronze A:1, Sheila Williams 97 23 74; 2, Fiona Gillies 103 25 78; 3, Liz Helme 107 28 79.

Bronze B:1, Vanessa Newman 112 36 76; 2 Dawn Eades 112 36 76 bb9; 3, Elizabeth Goody 117 36 81.

Centenary Salver: 1, Sheila Williams 97 23 74;2, Audrey Craven 96 20 76;3, Judy Leake 91 14 77.

Pannal Golf Club

Ladies’ Spring Meeting: This is a traditional 36 hole medal competition, held to mark the commencement of the summer competitive season.

The first round experienced winter conditions, driving rain, and a waterlogged course, in the early stages. The concluding medal round experienced warm sunshine, and the first hint of the notorious Pannal “rough.”

Mrs Swarbrick, handicap 24, led the field after the first demanding round, with a battling nett 79, then found the summer conditions more to her liking, and returned a second round nett 72, winning the trophy outright, and also a handicap reduction to 21.

Individual round winners were Mrs E Corn, and Mrs J Cropper, in Div One, Mrs Swarbrick dominating the leader board in Div Two, to take the major prize.

Flaxby Park Golf Club

Temperatures rising to 26 degrees on Saturday enticed 84 competitors to take part in the May monthly medal.

Over the previous 10 days the warm weather has brought real growth to the course and so the players faced new challenges both in the rough and on the greens.

Leading the way in Division 1 was Ian Backhouse - 74-5-69, Newcomer Matthew Dowdall 75-6-69, Ian Garside 84-14-70.

Division 2 - Jimmy Elvidge 87-18-69, Richard Miller 91-20-71, Paul Martin 92-20-72.

Division 3 - well connected George Armstrong 93-27-66, Christopher Nixon 93-24-69, Alexander Elliot 96-27-69. In the Ladies division - Christina Grayson - 108-34-74, Lady Captain Sam Potter 100-25-75, Debra Logue 97-22-75. The best Gross score was won by James Lagan with 74 on countback from Ian Backhouse.

Bedale Golf Club

Seniors Open: The first Seniors Open stableford competition was played last Friday and as usual entries were received from clubs not only from Clubs in Yorkshire, Durham, and Northumberland but also included a strong contingent from Lancashire.

Play started at 7.20am and the last pairings went out after 4pm.

The weather was perfect which was a welcome change after the recent rain and cold.

With six net and one gross prize together with Longest drive and nearest the pin there was plenty for competitors to try for.

Close scoring required countbacks for players with 45 and 41 points respectively.

Prize winners 45 points Robin.Smith & Jack Wilson (Roundhay & Temple Newsam Golf Clubs). Also Howard .Dawson & Dave.Fenwick (Bedale & Stocksfield G.C ) 43 points Colin .Baines & Bob.Patterson ( Bedale G.C.) 41 points Gareth.Jones & Dave.Auty (Bedale & Billingham G.C.). Colin. & Ian. Tipton (Bedale G.C.). M.Wrigley & J.Kowal (Fulneck G.C.)

Best Gross 70 John .Webster & Mike.Canterbury ( Bedale).

Longest Drive Les.Kitching (Bedale). Nearest the pin Mike .Canterbury (Bedale)

Red Cross Cup No 2: A fine warm night this week for competitors 42 points Bob Patterson (12). 40 points Lee Broadway (22). 39 points Howard Dawson (17). 38 points Kevin Rayner (5).

Seniors: A white tee monthly medal for the ‘riper years brigade’ this week . Leading scores 72 Jim Brunskill (23). 73 Jim Nicholson. (15). 75 Chris Griffiths (26). 76 Stan Suggitt (13).

Ripon City Golf Club

Three Open Championships In One Week at Ripon: After months of weather conditions ranging from the indifferent to the downright arctic, Ripon’s Spring Open was contested in the high twenties centigrade with little or no sign of wind for a (less than) refreshing change; so expectations were high from a strong field of members and visitors.

There was a generous number of prizes on offer for achievements in this better ball event for pairs of gentlemen, amongst which was the prestigious award for the best gross of the day, which went to Paul Henson and his son, Chris, a member at Oakdale.

It’s the team score that matters (and theirs was 68) so it’s not important that Paul only came in on one hole.

One assumes that he let his son make all the putts first as any doting father should.

There were two ‘nearest the pin’ prizes won by Jason Norwood for the second shot in on the 9th and Jim Willis, from Hartlepool, with his tee shot over the lake on Ripon’s signature 14th.

Despite pitching his second to within 3 feet, Jason failed to secure his birdie; such is our wonderful game as Tyche vies for superiority over Poena to dash the hopes delivered by Morpheus.

Recognition was also available for the best scores on the front and back nines. Honours went to Ian Sherwin and John Snowdon recording a superb 24 points coming home and picking up some welcome whisky. Scott Grant and David Blakeburn burned up the course going out with 27 points but, because of some conveniently arranged ruling about no pairing winning more than one prize, were not allowed to secure their front nine trophy which defaulted to (surprise, surprise) Micky Doig and Vice Captain, Andy Marshall with their measly 24 points.

The front nine prize was also two bottles of Ripon City Golf Club Centenary scotch – funny, that. Within this round, Andy chipped in for an Eagle 2 on the 6th.

And so to the leader-board honours.

Both first and second places, along with third and fourth were decided on count-backs. Miles Canavan and George Livingston found themselves on the wrong end of a decider over 43 points, and finished fourth behind Gerald Shervington and his partner, Mr B Wilson, one of our welcome visitors, in third.

Having failed to maintain their front nine momentum, Grant and Blakeburn pretty much choked it between 10 and 13 and only finished on 46, but that was enough to lead in the clubhouse.

Scott volunteered (heroically) to remain in the clubhouse bar for six hours and watch the incoming scores that consistently failed to be better than theirs, as card after card was recorded.

That is, until the very last pair came in late in the evening. Johnny Munson and Wayne Cotton had scored 46 points also, but trumped their challengers’ back nine by 5 clear shots and lifted the matching crystal rose bowls in victory. By this time, Mr Grant was too “tired and emotional” to comment on his loss but took succour in a load of balls from his pairing’s three birdie 2s during their second-placed round and then continued to relieve the steward of the remaining contents of the clubhouse bar and cellar. His partner went to ground elsewhere hoping that Mr M Doig, MBE, would have the good grace to hand over the whisky at some point (some hope).

It was another great week for Ripon’s first and second teams, securing wins over Romanby and Harrogate respectively, the first team fairly flattening their opposition by 14-2.

The Seniors’ Spring Open was played out on May 8. Again this was a 4BBB off three quarters handicap but using the yellow tees. Winners, with a handsome 46 points, were Alan Kitson and Gavin Little.

Men’s Results – Spring Open: 1, J L Munson & W Cotton (46); 2, D Blakeburn & S Grant (46); 3, G Shervington & B Wilson (43); 4, M Canavan & G Livingstone (43).

Ladies Section: The Lady Vice-Captain, Pat Bean, continued her winning streak with a victory in the Ping 4BBB qualifying competition last week. She was ably supported by her partner Joyce Dowson, in scoring 37pts, a four-point margin over the next couple Faith Bishop and Cathy Lightfoot. Joyce and Pat gave a very good demonstration of how to play this competition with both of them coming on the card on alternate holes. They will now go through to the next round at Hollins Hall Golf Club in August.

The Ladies Spring Open was played on Friday and was well supported. The format was a team of three, with two to count on all holes except for the SI 1 hole, where everyone was to count. The winning team from Richmond Golf Club with an excellent score of 86pts was S Town, S. Stoney and M. Pettit. In second place with 82pts were J. White, M. Burleigh and B. Webster from Bedale Golf Club, followed by the home team of M. Brown, S Clark and A. Shepherd with 77 pts. The fourth place was won by the team from Dinsdale Spa, A. Deboo, M. Hall and A. Kirby (76pts).

Nearest the pin on the 14th hole was J. Tanner (9’0”) Dinsdale Spa, and the longest drive on the 3rd. hole was won by Tracy Clarvis (Ripon City).

There were two winners in the 2Club, S. Town (Richmond) and B. Shannon (Bedale), who each received 33 balls.

The ladies Centenary Event taking place on Sunday, June 8 promises to be an excellent social occasion with Continental themes.

A good field is anticipated from Ripon membership; more details are available on the notice boards.

Catterick Golf Club

Ladies Section: The Catterick Golf club Ladies Open Day was held on Monday. One hundred and sixteen competitors from 20 different clubs took part

The course itself was in magnificent condition and that together with the catering provisions, friendly administration and the complimentary drinks at the halfway house all helped to make the competition a huge success.

The format of the competition (stableford off three quarters handicap) meant that four ladies formed a team with two scores to count on every hole except the three short holes where all four scores had to count, there was also a prize for” nearest the pin” at the 13th hole.

Marks & Spencers Simply Food store in Northallerton had generously donated prizes and it is great to see the local stores supporting local events, well done.

The winners of the competition was the team from Skipton golf club (Eastwood, Hinkles, Weatherall and Oversby) with a total of seventy eight points, they won it on count back from the Beamish team.

However, a member of the Beamish team (McGee) did win the nearest the pin.

The photograph shows four ladies (Clasper,Turner,Naisby and Teasdale) from the Wearside golf club standing on the first tee at Catterick prior to them starting their round and the individual photo shows the presentation of the Nearest the pin prize to McGee which was donated by Marks & Spencer.

On May 1 Catterick Ladies were entertained with a Fashion Show by Larches of Richmond. 180 was raised for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and everyone had a very enjoyable night.

The Kathleen Fogarty Trophy was played for on Saturday, May 3 and the winners of the Trophy were Joan Braginton and Pat Weymes. The Bronze Division prize was won by Carole-Anne Lennon and Val Carveth.

Gents: On April 27 the CD Bramall trophy was played for and the overall winner was Alan Martin, a division one player with a fine round of 78 – 10 – 68, Scott Rankin the Junior Captain won Division two with a score of 82 – 13 – 69 and Peter Anderson won Division three with a score of 100 – 25 -75. Well done to you all and I am sure that the handicap secretary will be a busy man.

On May 4 the May medal was combined with the EGU gold medal event and division one and the gold medal event was won by another of the club’s Juniors Jake Davies with a score of 80 – 12 – 68, Division Two was won by Phil Busfield with a score of 83 – 18 – 65 and division three was won by Ken Rostron with a score of 94 – 25 – 69.

It is great to see the juniors doing so well in the club; of course another of the clubs younger players is Jodie Ewart who is representing GB and Ireland in the Curtis Cup against the United States at St. Andrews later this month.

Jodie has been and will continue to be a source of pride and great inspiration to all the golfers at Catterick.

Romanby Golf Club

May 6 Bainbridge Shield - Romanby beat Oakdale GC at home by 31/2 pts to 21/2.

On Wednesday May 7 Romanby held their annual Ladies Triam Stableford with 40 teams taking part.

The weather was wonderful and the course was in very good condition.

The greens were particularly impressive for the time of year, thanks to the long term planning of greenkeeper Robert Upton.

The event was won comfortably, for the second year running, by the team of June Stobo (24), Pam Henderson (14) and Viv Hutchinson (19) from Matfen Hall with 85 pts; 2nd Jane Robinson (13), Sue Mayman (8) and Gillian Petrie (5) of Bedale 80 pts; 3rd Pat Watts (17), Anne Stebbing (9) and Judy Houlbrook (14) of Masham 78 pts (B9); 4th Marilyn Dawson (14), Dorothy Hill (24) and Angela Clinkard (16) of Bedale also with 78 pts.

On Thursday, May 8 the ladies played their first 9 hole qualifying stableford competition (an innovation by golf's governing body to encourage more participation by players who cannot manage the full 18 holes either because of time or fitness). 1st Maggie Short (33) 18 pts; 2nd Ann Phillips (26) 17 pts (B6); 3rd Lois Andrew (30) 17 pts.

Oakdale Golf Club

What a difference a week makes in the golfing calendar at Oakdale. In early May the course was still very wet with the greenstaff struggling to tidy up around the new bunkers and mow the fairways but thanks to some seasonally warm and sunny weather the course is now looking in excellent condition and members have been treated to something akin to summer golf even though preferred lies are still in place.

The May Wednesday medal was played on May 7 with 152 players taking part.

Div 1. Winner Mark J Ward with a nett 69, second on countback Matt Edmiston nett 70, from Ian Somerville 3rd and Scott Brown 4th also on nett 70. Lowest gross was Tom Hesketh with a gross 74.

Div 2. Winner Tony Onslow with a nett 68, second with nett 69 Peter Miller and 3rd with nett 70 Mike Reilly.

Div 3. Winner Graham T Smith with a nett 67.

Second with nett 70 John Webster and 3rd with nett 73 Lynn Musselman.

A total of 21 twos were scored on the day.

The MAP Cup 2008 qualifying round was played on Sunday with 114 players taking part.

Results: 1st with 43 points after countback John Robson who wins the Jack Moncaster Trophy.

Second also with 43 points Jack Walls. 3rd Mike Regan with 40 points after countback over Greg Kidd also with 40 points.

The next 12 players join the first 4 to compete in a matchplay knockout (see noticeboard) and include Wayne Crick, G Russell Thompson, Stewart Milligan, Brian Black, Patrick W Kidd, Graham Horn, Philip Wilding, Stuart Fountain, Eric Winterburn, Peter Chambers, Ian Lovatt and Michael Hickling.

The top 16 players scores ranged from 37 to 43 points.

A total of 24 players scored 30 twos on the day with Phil Bond scoring 3 on his own at the 3rd, 6th and also on the 12th.

Other match results: Presidents Prize Preliminary round: Simon Daly beat Sean Ramplin, Mike Cross beat R Scahill. Roger Pygott beat Dave Smart. John Wade beat Bob Fagan. Ian Somerville beat Peter Bell. E Rivera beat James Bell.

Scratch Matchplay: Wayne Crick beat James Bell. Dougie Whyte beat Carl Westerman.

Freeholders Trophy: Rob Edmiston and Matt Edmiston beat Peter Bell and Mike Cross

Rabbits: In the Nelson Trophy John Cowan beat A Gove.

The Oakdale Ladies B team have had a very good start to the 2008 season, following on from the success of 2007. The team had a convincing win against Allerthorpe Park by 6 to and were represented by Andrea Draper, Lyndsey Graham, Maureen Atkinson, Geraldine Nuttall, Lorraine Venters, Barbara Cargill and Patsy Rochester.

In the club competitions’ the Coronation Fours matches were played over May 4-6. Results: 1, Joyce Fountain and Denise Fagan (35 points); 2, Jane Henderson and Patsy Rochester (32 points).

Moortown Golf Club

Lady Captain and Pro Challenge Competition had an excellent turn out on Sunday May 4 despite the atrocious weather, as 32 players turned out all trying to beat Lady Captain (Caroline Learoyd) and Pro (Martin Heggie) in this annual competition.

The players were split into teams of two and the format was greensomes.

Only one team managed to beat the score of Lady Captain and Pros 37 points that was Cheryl Hill and Derek Fieldhouse with a magnificent 40 points.

The competition was followed by a well deserved Sunday Lunch.

Moortown's Didi Powers and Beverley Burrows finished 2nd in the Yorkshire Championship foursomes at Alwoodley on Wednesday.

Harrogate and District

Union of Golf Clubs

Temperatures were in the seventies on Sunday for the Harrogate Union Third Division Championships.

The participating golfers found their blood pressures rising for what is one of the hardest competitions - a medal team event with all gross scores to count.

The par 5 11th proved to be the nemesis for many, with scores in the mid-teens recorded.

Local golfer, Frank Foy, achieved the only two of the day. Going out in the first group he scored his birdie at the par 3 third, earning him a nestegg of 40 balls.

Harrogate B headed the leaderboard for sometime with 406 points.

Their best performer was 16 years old Russell Heatley, whose 94 was the second best individual score.

This was later matched by Knaresborough A, and the rulebook was examined to see what happens in the event of a tie, (the trophy is shared).

However, Pannal, who have dominated the competition in recent years, ended all speculation when their A team posted a score of 391 to win by a clear 15 strokes. Captain, Mike Needham, led the way with 95.

Charlie Andrew (Masham) with 93, won the prize for the best individual gross, with nothing worse than a 7 on his card. His back nine of 45 included a birdie at the par 5 13th.

Result: 1. 391 Pannal A (P Louden 96, M Needham 95, R Kershaw 101, H Samuels 99). 2. Harrogate B (G Sawyer 97, J Dobson 110, D Richards 105, R Heatley 94). Knaresborough A (M McKay 105, S McVey 104, G Carr 98, M Foster 99). 4. Masham A (C Andrew 93, K Paddison 115, M Ellis 103, E Clark 96).

League tables at May 10


ClubPPtsMatch pts

Ripon City2424



Rudding Park2219









Scratch League

ClubPPtsMatch pts


Ripon City2412

Rudding Park2312










Player of the Year

N FeganHar20

N BensteadIlk20

J BassittRip20

K ParkerRip20

J McNamaraRud20

C ClarkeRud20

Knaresborough Golf Club

By his own account, Peter Robinson’s putter has never been his ‘ace in the hole’ club. More than one prize has possibly eluded him because of undue time spent holing out. But in the Senior Salver he struck a vein of form with the unpredictable club and cruised to victory with a 68, five under competition scratch.

A broken cutting machine hampered greens preparation, taking a deal of pace off many of them, but Peter Robinson (10) secured a shot reduction by ensuring he read them right and never taking more than two putts to get down. His first four holes set him up for the day – birdie, par, par, birdie. An eight iron into the green and a 20-foot single putt at the first was followed by pars at the second and the third; then another birdie at the fourth courtesy of a chip in from rough after his ball had slid off the green.

A six at the par five ninth was his biggest number of the day and five gross pars over the last six holes polished off a round he said was, from tee to green, simply “a steady” performance. When he ran up a quadruple bogey eight at the second, Moss Walker (19) probably privately discounted his chances of being anywhere near at the end of the day. But he took control of his game and with a nett three under on the back nine, came home in second place on a countback with 71. Keith Dobson (12) was just shaded into third place with a round which notched up eight gross pars. Rather like the first cuckoo, the Walter Bowman mixed foursomes signals the definite arrival of Spring - as well as requiring generous tolerance in successful partnerships. And in Jenny Jones (33) and Eddie Thompson (19), that’s exactly what it had. Not that their generally economic scoring needed much mutual forgiving. A net score of 72 – four clear of their second-place rivals – was enough to ensure a popular win. ‘Fast Eddie’ – blink and you miss his swing – is also ‘Straight Eddie’ and apart from the moment when overly-modest Jenny knocked one into a bunker, the two dove-tailed well for their victory.

As the club’s lowest-handicap regular lady competitor, Julie Johnstone (6), comes from good golfing stock.

Dad Keith was the KGC Pro for many years but ill-health has limited his retirement playing opportunities.

Julie however still knows to pick his brains when encountering a problem.

In Keith’s back-garden, using a practice mat, he quickly analysed the reason for a loss of distance in Julie’s driving – not enough upper body rotation.

Lo and behold, application of this sound advice helped Julie win the May Medal in Silver division with a nett 77.

Had she not three-putted four times the score might have been even better. Time for a putting tip, Keith?

Maureen Thorndyke (21), in Bronze one, produced the best nett win of the day with a 76, acknowledging that the fast-growing rough had put a premium on good club selection. Fortunately, she escaped its clutches with minimum damage and a steady putting game helped gain her three-shot victory. In Bronze two Clare Hollis (31) topped the division with a nett 81.

Fourteen-year-old Jason Taylor (21) made a great start in the juniors’ Ted Driver trophy, gross parring the first four holes, reaching the turn in a nett three under despite an eight at the ninth.

A drive, a mid-iron and a wedge for two putts earned him a nett eagle on the stroke one 12th and he finished in fine style with a 68 after a powerful drive down the middle and a seven iron to the green for two putts for par.

Seniors Salver – May 11 1, Peter Robinson 78-10-68; 2, Moss Walker 90-19-71; 3, Keith Dobson 83-12-71.

Midweek Qualifier – May 8: 1, Will Helsby 100-27-73; 2, Roger Thomson 78-5-73; 3, Philip Senior 91-17-74.

Ladies May Medal – May 6Silver Division: 1, Julie Johnstone 83-6-77; 2, Lindsey Bradley 96-18-78; 3, Pam Hillas 102-19-83.

Bronze Division (Hcps 21-28): 1, Maureen Thorndyke 97-21-76; 2, Margaret Reed 105-26-79; 3, Pamela Hunter 105-23-82.

Bronze Division (Hcps 29-36):1, Clare Hollis 112-31-81; 2, Christine Hauser 114-31-83; 3, Judith Haigh 118-29-89.

Masham Golf Club

Tuesday April 29 saw the first nine-hole stableford qualifier played at Masham, and 12 ladies entered.

Results: 1, Jackie Meakin 19pts. 2, Judith Hogan 18; 3, Jo Polito 17.

Thursday May 1 the Lady Captain held her Charity Plate competition, proceeds going to support the Captains’ charities which this year are the Motor Neurons Society and Downs Syndrome.

The competition was well supported and the weather was wonderful. Over 200 was raised for the charities.

Results: 1, Jeanne Banham 34; 2, Jo Polito. 33; 3, Anne Stebbing 32.

Saturday May 3. LGU Medal. 1, Jacqui Ellis. 75 2, Pat Watts. 76. 3, Jeanne Banham. 80.

Monday May 5 Bank Holiday Stableford. 1, R Ann Hunter 36pts. 2, Jackie Meakin 34; 3, Karen Myers 31.

Ladies LGU Medal Silver Division: 1, P Watts 76; 2, J Meakin 81.

Bronze Div 1: 1, M Willis 83; 2, B Loveday 87.

Bronze Div 2: 1, J Ellis 75; 2, J Banham 80.

Wetherby Golf Club

The qualifying event for the Country Members Cup produced a huge entry despite the handicap limit of 18 and only eight places available for the knock-out.

The successful score was 71, two lower than standard scratch with three players coming from Division One, four from Division Two.

Plus Euan O'Hara, a 22-handicapper from the third division who carded a net 66, which off an 18 limit qualifies as a 70.

Leader from the premier division was Ben Ragg with a net 67.

Playing off eight he is hoping for a professional career so his handicap reduction to six has come at an opportune moment.

Sunday's performance by the Men's team in the fourth round of the Mail on Sunday Classic was almost as hot as the weather.

New players to the squad Ian McIlroy, Andy Jones and Benn Ragg joined Tony Page and Mike Butterworth to take on a tough team from Hornsea in their fourth round match with the advantage of a home draw.

Ian McIlroy headed the field for Wetherby and despite conceding five shots achieved a great 6&4 victory.

Second out was Tony Page, who also had to give five shots to his East Coast rival, but fought a close match with considerable determination to seal victory on the 18th. Club Captain Royce Hoodless caddied, Kathy Page and Ann Hoodless provided the additional support to see Tony and the team through to the fifth round.

Mike Butterworth playing off the ‘stick end’ managed a half against a dogged opponent and fourth man Ben Ragg took on a 2 handicapper who proved a little too strong and he lost 3&2.

However the loss was academic as Andy Jones had already wrapped up the match with a splendid 6&5 victory out in the country.

The men go through to the 5th round, as do the Ladies team having won their 4th round match the previous week.

The qualifying round for the Rabbits Cup was a net 77 despite being played off the forward markers.

Sixteen competitors will be involved in the knock-out including the Rabbits Captain Ian Nicholls who headed the field with a net 68.

Just making the draw on 77 were previous Rabbits Captain Malcolm Winterburn and Ernest Gilchrist, the winner of the trophy during his year as Club Captain.

Eleven couples in the Ladies Section have qualified to play in the District Finals of the Yorkshire Foursomes to be played at Scarthingwell in June.

Bernadette Clark and Jean Thornton will be representing the club at Rudding Park at the area finals of the Coronation Foursomes, whilst Susan Lupton and Pat Forster will be going to Worsley Golf Club as Wetherby's representatives in the Australian Spoons Competition.

Club Manager Matthew Streets spent last weekend at Frilford Heath, not playing but 'on the bag' for England's and the World's leading amateur Dan Willett for the match against France.

'Streetsy' as he is known in caddying circles cut his teeth on Jonathan Lomas' bag in the Dubai Desert Classic. Since then England Captain John Plaxton has been using his brawn and golf knowledge for the amateur International matches first with John Parry and now Dan Willett.

For the record, Dan won his opening 4-somes 4&3, then the afternoon singles easily.

The second day 4-somes were halved , then in the final singles after being all square at the 11th, Dan shot five consecutive birdies to win 3&2.

'Streetsy' can now be seen in an England shirt, courtesy of Dan Willett.

Rabbits Cup/Qualifier: 1, I Nicholls(28), 68; 2, A Little(26), 68, 3, M Exley(17), 68

Ladies May Medal/Burnley Cup Qualifier (86 entries) Div1: . A Gardiner (6),76; 2. M Nichols (12),79, 3. D Murray (16),80.

Div 2: 1. M Sissons (22),74; 2. P Forster (28),75, 3. K Easterby (22),77.

Div 3: 1. L Pearson (33),77; 2. C Lister (31),84, 3. M McGettigan (36),86.

Country Members Cup/May Medal Div.1. 1. B Ragg(8) 67; 2. AJ Page(5), 68, 3. C Struthers(9), 69.

Div.2: 1. M Wilkinson(14), 70; 2. J Woodward(13), 71, 3. K Sivajoti(11), 71.

Div.3: 1. S Jackson(27), 65; 2. E O'Hara(22), 66, 3. D Howard(22), 70.

Rudding Park Golf Club

On Tuesday May 6 the Ladies EGU Medal took place. Suzanne Robertson claimed her first top place finish of the season, just pipped into second place by Anne Brewster whose return to form continues to impress.

First place, however, was taken by the inspiring youngster Alice Boothroyd.

Alice continues to show remarkable form in the ladies’ events with yet another top place finish, which secures her maximum Ladies Order of Merit points.

Twos recorded in the event were carded by Hazel Spinlove, Alice Boothroyd and Anne Brewster.

The Midweek Medal for May was held the day after.

In Division Two, Chris Warren secured third place with an impressive nett total, just missing out on second place which was secured by Stewart Carr. Grabbing first place in the Division was Jonathon Brown, recording his opening divisional win.

In Division One, Paul Hepworth took the third spot with Stephen Bailey finishing in second. Michael Boothroyd secured first place with his first top divisional win, which secures Michael a place in this summer’s Club Championships. Although the weather resembled that of the Algarve, twos recorded on the day were sparse, but the lucky few were carded by Jeff Cooper, Kieran McGowan and Daniel Foster. The improvement in the weather is being reflected on both the Hawtree and Repton courses, which are flourishing. Now could not be a better time to try the fantastic golf facilities - for more information please contact Golf Reception on 01423 872100.

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