James keeps his cool to win by one shot

Willingdon club champ James Redmond
Willingdon club champ James Redmond

Last weekend saw Willingdon Golf Club host the second and final round of its Club Championship.

The leader from the first round with a gross 66 was James Redmond. His nearest rival was Calvin Jarvis, who shot a gross 71 in the opening stage.

However, Calvin shot a gross 70 in the afternoon to leave James with a target of 141 to beat.

Things started to become a little tight and it required a birdie on 17 to bring James back on line and a par down 18 to win the competition.

On 18, he left a 15-feet putt and calmly slotted it in to take the Championship by one shot from Calvin.

In third place was Dean Jarvis with gross scores of 76 and 73, total 149.

The handicap event the Frank Ward Cup was also played at the same time.

The winner, with excellent nett scores of 63 and 68 total 131, was Jordan Brown.

In second spot with nett scores of 71 and 66, total 137 was Alan Norwood and in third spot with very respectable nett scores of 73 and 66, total 139 was Michael Carter.

The David Crook Trophy, played for by those players with a 19 – 28 handicap, was won by Derek Smith with nett scores of 75 and 78, total 153.

Runner-up was David Burnett with nett scores of 73 and 83, total 156 and in third spot was Tony Uden with nett scores of 70 and 77, total 157.

Three more competitions were played over the weekend in glorious sunshine.

The winner of the Cooper Trophy for handicaps 1 – 9 was Calvin Jarvis with a gross 68, nett 66.

The Chester Hillman Trophy for those with handicaps 10 – 18 was won by Darren Jarvis with a gross 76, nett 64.

The Tibbar Trophy for handicaps 19 – 28 was won by Mark Sellings with an exceptional gross 86, nett 61.

Mike Lipscombe topped the field at the Lottbridge with a stonking 49 points to claim the Terry Thow Trophy.

Rob Calcott was second with 47 and Geoff Hart (47) placed third.

Nearest the pin on the second was Alf Beney while Ben Green took the honours on the sixth and Geoff Rowlands on the ninth. Peter Byiers was nearest in two on the fourth.

All the competitors enjoyed the buffett afterwards prepared by Sharon and Carol.

Terry Thow passed away in 2007 and was stalwart of the seniors section. He left the seniors some funds with a message ‘Have a wee dram on me.’ The committe soon decided to set up a stableford competion in his name and it has proved a popular event since.