Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Barton secures Gardner Trophy to become Mapledurham champion of champions

A FORMER Henley mayor took the honours at Henley Golf Club’s annual running of the SSAFA

A FORMER Henley mayor took the honours at Henley Golf Club’s annual running of the SSAFA Stableford competition last week.

The competition, to raise money for dependants of the armed forces, saw Chris Pye as the overall winner with a score of 37 points which was one better than runner-up Andy Fairhall. Erica Brady was the top lady in the competition and third overall with a score of 35 points, a score that was matched by fourth placed Simon Lawson. Adam Taylor was fifth with 34 points.

The ladies’ Stableford played the week before saw Rachel Hall successful in the top division with 37 points on countback from Clare Dodds. Division 2 was claimed by Gill Mitchell with 35 points which was four better than Caroline Archibald. Miriam Dalton took Division 3 with the best score of the day, 37 points, which was a single point better than runner-up Erica Brady whilst Noel Morgan took Division 4 with 34 points which was two better than Elaine Dudeney.

Gary Barton became the champion of champions with a net 64 score as he won the Gardner Trophy at Mapledurham Golf Club. The invitation competition open to all the midweek and major winners saw John Daniels runner-up with a score of 66. The midweek order of merit went to the club vice-captain Simon Sawyer who pipped the midweek chairman Frank Perkins to the title followed by Gary Barton.

The final seniors match of the season between the chairman’s team against the senior match captain resulted in a 3-3 halved match. Match player-of-the-year John Cook was awarded the Graham Ovenden Trophy for his record of five wins and two halves and was unbeaten in his last six matches.

After a long season of senior awayday competitions on nine different courses only three points separated Dave Bamford and Malcolm Smailes for the Alan Parker Trophy. This takes the sum of the five best Stableford scores. Bamford took the trophy with 170 points followed by Malcolm Smailes on 167.

The midweek medal was won by John Cantwell with a net 63. Runner-up was Peter Ambrose on 65 followed by Theodora Farley on 66. Best gross score of 77 was carded by Paul Scrivens.

The benefit of having regular coaching was proved at Caversham Heath last week as both divisional winners in the midweek Stableford are currently receiving tuition from club professional Darren Bartlett. Division I winner Jack Russell was level par through six holes, and scored 22 points on his front nine. He kept his form on the back nine with just four bogeys to record a total of 42 points and a cut in handicap from 12 to 11.

Peter King birdied the third hole to gallop to 23 points for his front nine. A couple of costly double bogeys on the back nine saw top spot evaporate from his grasp, but he still returned am impressive 40 points. Steve Streak was third on countback from Stephen Gelsthorpe, both players with 37 points â?? a bogey on the last proved costly for Gelsthorpe. In Division 2 Simon Dicketts had another good round to add to his 2015 collection. A front nine of 20 points was bettered with a back nine of 21 points for a winning 41 points total. In less than a year, Dicketts has reduced his handicap by 10 shots.

Javier Dieguez had matching nine hole totals of 19 points to finish a worthy runner-up with 38 points, including a birdie on the fifth hole. Adrian Ford was third with 37 points, but it could have been much better as he ended with a bogey and two doubles.

Callum Peart won his second consecutive junior competition on Sunday with 34 points in the junior Stableford. Runner-up was Will Tate on countback from Jack Bristow, both with 27 points.

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