Friday, 19 August 2022

Williams’ birdies help him take top prize

HENLEY Golf Club president Geoff Luckett held his second President’s Day celebrations last week in which

HENLEY Golf Club president Geoff Luckett held his second President’s Day celebrations last week in which five handicapper Dave Williams recorded 40 Stableford points, claiming four birdies on the back nine, to claim top prize.

Nigel Woolven was runner-up with 39 points which was one better than David Voss and Jason Livy.

The Wetton Cup was won by four handicapper Mark Farina with a net 67 which was one better than Ian Norris, Adam Taylor and Nigel Hawkins.

The ladies held the Daily Mail foursomes competition in which Jane Atkin and Sally Birkett were the successful pairing with a better ball Stableford score of 38 points which was one better than Gay Bentley-Coleman and Caroline Thomas.

The pairings of Caroline Archibald and Gill Mitchell and Tina Dalzell and Christine Valentine also recorded 37 points but missed out on the countback rule. Elsewhere Clare Dodds recorded her first hole-in-one on the 13th green.

Badgemore Park retained the Bad-Har Plate on Saturday with a 3-3 draw at Harleyford, resulting in a 8.5-5.5 win over the two legs.

On the same day the annual Bill Fairbanks Trophy was played for with the winning team of Sheila Spreadborough, David Carr and Gordon Hannam returning a score of 82 points, taking first place on count back from Lesley Shurman, Theo Ziffo and Paul Woolard.

The annual men’s invitation took place on Sunday, attracting a field of 42 teams of two from which Manjit Ahluwalia and partner Adam Seaman triumphed with a net score of 59, narrowly beating the pairing of Scott Arlett and Paul Vines into second place on countback.

The early bird caught the worm last Wednesday at Caversham Heath when scratch team captain Darren Bonney, one of the first competitors out on the course, stormed to victory in Division 1. Bonney scored 37 points and played the back nine in just one over. Steve Streak and Roger Landon fought out the runners-up spot with Streak taking it on countback, both with 35 points.

Division 2 saw Simon Dicketts make the best score of the competition with 38 points â?? 21 of them coming on the back nine, including a par on the long 14th hole.

Audrey Fox had a fine round â?? a consistent front nine was matched by an even better back nine â?? for 37 points. Third was Robin McEvoy, who birdied both the eighth and 17th holes on his way to 34 points.

Caversham ladies enjoyed a 3-1 victory away to Sherfield Oaks. The opening two matches saw a win for each team and both the remaining matches went down to the 18th. The team was made up of Jane Weller and Jeanette Taylor, Kathy North and Issy Wiggins-Turner, Daphne Barker and Sarah Lau and Caroline Dover and Lynne Rumbold.

The Central Sevens league is close this season with the Caversham team performing well to come away from Carswell with a 6-1 victory. The seven-man team consisted of Dave Stankard, John Downey, Carl Bache, Gareth Ford, Barry Reynolds, Chris Stacey and Colin Stoute. Caversham have now played all their games and must wait for other results to come in to see their final league position.

The Concorde League team also travelled, away to Donnington Grove, and secured a 4-4 draw to pick up a valuable bonus point. The man team was made up of John Downey, Matt Ackerman, Andrew Parker, Deighton Sear, Gareth Ford, Nick Ford, Gary King and Duncan Mee.

Caversham men hosted Lambourne in a friendly match and were convincing 4½-1½ winners. The pairings were Danny Dover and John Downey, Luis Mesquita and Nick Ford, Jim McGiveron and Andy Holmes, Carl Rapley and James Murphy, Carl Bache and Chris Bennett and Richard McEvoy and Richard Drury.

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