Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Petrie finishs five shots clear in Lovell Bowl

MARCEL PETRIE hung on in the face of some fierce competition to claim HENLEY GOLF CLUB’S annual Lovell Bowl.

MARCEL PETRIE hung on in the face of some fierce competition to claim HENLEY GOLF CLUB’S annual Lovell Bowl.

The trophy, contested over 36 holes, is equivalent to the club championship but with handicaps taken into consideration.

After the morning round Adrian Rayner was leading with a score of net 67, a shot better than Alistair Goulden with Petrie in third place with net 69.

However the afternoon round saw Petrie keep his form going as he returned with an improved score of net 67 to take the competition and the trophy from Rayner by five shots with an aggregate score of net 136.

Alan Wilson was third with a score of 143 (three over par) on countback from Graham Horner, while Phil Amy had the best afternoon score of net 67 to finish in fifth place with a score of 144. Mick Hilditch recorded a hole in one on the tough 16th par three.

The ladies’ monthly medal also took place recently and coming out on top in Division One was county player Sarah Arnold with a score of 77-7 = net 70. Jocelyn Brown was runner-up with a net 73 which was three shots better than third-placed Helga Keay. Christine Valentine took Division Two with a net 69 which was three shots better than runner-up Suzy Smith, while Gail Henderson was third with a net 74.

Division Three was claimed by Josie Heayns with a net 69 which was two shots better than Miriam Dalton, with Delia Norris recording a net 74 to take third place.

A fantastic score of net 63 from Jane Packham took Division Four, three shots better than another good score of net 66 by Jillie Drucker.

Mary Jacobs was third with a net 68, while Nicoletta Hartin and Cindy Weight both beat their handicaps with net 69s.

The sun shone for the BADGEMORE LADIES’ Invitation Day which saw competitors from 24 other clubs taking part in a four ball better ball Stableford competition off 7/8th handicap.

There were prizes for the first four teams. First prize went to Badgemore’s Gill Bertram and her partner Ruth Wells from Bearwood Lakes with 44 points. Second was Liz Barradell-Pither and her guest Angela Loveday from The Springs. Helen Upson and her guest Margaret Denham from Castle Royale were third, while fourth position was claimed by Anne Lloyd and her guest Joan Fletcher from Henley.

There was a separate prize for the couple with the best score on the four par threes and this went to Pauline Bishop and Carol Ponchaud with 17 points on countback.

A raffle was also held, rasing £400 for captain Marion Denby’s charity, the Stillborn Fund.

John Balague is the new Club Champion at CAVERSHAM HEATH.

The three handicapper claimed the trophy after two days of play at the weekend.

Balague shot rounds of 77 and 78 to finish on 155 four shots clear of his nearest rival.

Runner-up was club general manager Martin Robinson (1hcp), who recorded rounds of 78 and 81= 159.

Last season’s champion, Darren Bonney (4hcp), had to be content with third place, on countback from Dave Williams, both finishing with a combined total of 163. Bonney had a disastrous first day, his score of 85 putting him down in 10th spot. However, he shot an equal best score of the day 78 on the Sunday to clinch third place. Williams recorded 83 and 80.

Balague and Robinson led the way on day one, closely followed by John Downey (7hcp) and Alex Easter (3hcp), who both shot 79s.

However, Downey and Easter were unable to maintain their form into the second day and faded with rounds of 85 and 86.

Downey finished with 164 for fifth place with Easter sixth with 165.

Michael Beaumont (6hcp) was another player who had a disastrous day one, scoring 91. However, a 79 on Sunday moved him up to ninth position.

Net club champion is Gary King (16hcp). He shot net rounds of 70 and 78=148. Net runner-up was John Balague 74 and 75=149. Derek Foley (11hcp) was third with 77 and 73=150 on countback from John Downey (72 and 78=150) and Philip Bereford (72 and 78=150).

Anne Smith (9hcp) retained her Ladies’ Club Championship with a score of 85 and 87=172 15 shots ahead of her nearest rival. The runner-up was Lynn Rumbold (17hcp) with 98 and 89=187 and third was Julie Daniels (15hcp) 93 and 100=193. Lady net winner was Lynne Rumbold (81 and 72=153, just ahead of Anne Smith 76 and 78=154. Third was Kjersti Cannon 79 and 80=159.

Fung Yee Sarah Lau (21hcp) and Issy Wiggins-Turner were both in with a chance of the net prize after recording net 78s on day one.

However, they both faded with Lau recording a net 85 on the Sunday and Wiggins-Turner scoring a net 88.

James Murphy (8hcp) was crowned the new Junior Champion after rounds of 88 and 77=165. Second was James Millard (12hcp) with 88 and 89=177, while last year’s champion, Jamie Reid, (11hcp) was third with 89 and 89=178.

Callum Peart (20hcp) had topped the field after day one with a round of 86 but he recorded 104 on day two to fall back into the pack.

Junior net champion was James Murphy with 80 and 69=149. Runner-up was Archie Smith 77 and 73=150, on countback from Callum Peart 66 and 84=150.

David Brown (4hcp) is the Caversham Heath Senior Club champion, scoring a gross 72 to take the title. Sam Weller (8hcp) was runner-up with 79, Peter Collins (13hcp) third on 85. They finished in the same order in the net championship.

AN athlete from Henley was part of a team that took part in Blenheim Triathlon.

Nicholas Golding ran the 4.5km anchor leg for the Phoenixes, which finished 10th in the team sprint and was in the top 20 overall.

The team also included Tamara Taylor, from Woodcote, who completed the 750m open- water swim, and John Heaton-Armstrong, from Oxford, who took on the 20km bike leg.

The event drew more than 6,000 competitors. Meanwhile, places are still available in this year’s Challenge Henley event on Sunday, September 8.

The event comprises a 3.8km swim on the royal regatta course, a 180km bike race through the Chilterns and a 42km run through Henley and along the Thames footpath.

To enter, visit

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