Consistent Longford clinches Colmer Cup
LANSDOWN Martin Longford took home the Colmer Cup after two consistent days of competition at Lansdown.
His two-under-par total of 14 was the best aggregate nett score over the two rounds last weekend, putting him a shot ahead of junior Tom Hamilton. Tim Rickards was third with 145.
The first day of competition saw Longford finish second in Division 1 on countback from Abi Bakali after both scored nett 69, with Dave Newport third on 71.
Division 2 also had to be decided on countback, with Andy Lee edging out Eddie McDonald after both carded nett 68. Ian Shone was a shot back in third.
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The top two in Division 3 both scored 75, with Maurice Anstey taking the honours on countback from Anthony Caddick. James Evans was third on 78.
Sunday saw Hamilton produce the best nett round of the weekend to win Division 1 with nett 67. Longford was four shots back in second and Rob Braund was third on 72.
The in-form Dave Price topped Division 2 with nett 69, two clear of Mike Tippett and three ahead of Rickards. Grant Whitehead won Division 1 with nett 70, Terry Mallon was second on 73 and Shaun Kessler third on 75.
Meanwhile, the Winifred Bowl had a very clear winner as Suzanne Wheeler's score of nett 71 put her eight shots ahead of the field.
Val McFarlane was runner-up and Jenny Catchpole took third place with nett 81.
The pairing of current Lansdown ladies' captain Tracy Scully and Laura Leach have reached the fifth round of the regional Daily Mail Foursomes following a convincing 4&3 home win over Enmore Park last Friday.
The seniors' medal saw a very orderly leaderboard, with each player being one shot ahead of the next. Winner on nett 67 was Ken Watson, with Mike Bull, Geoff Tovey, Dave Pollinger and Paul Patten completing the top five.
The first team had a very successful week, winning two matches to put Lansdown top of the league at the midway point of the season.
A hard-fought home game against Kingsdown saw Lansdown triumph 3.5-1.5, with the big guns – Paul Garland with Steve Maddison and Ken Madden with Bryan Lindsey – winning their matches easily.
However, it all came down to the match involving Simon Hale and Tom Hamilton, who recovered from 3-down at the turn to win on the final hole and secure victory for their team.
Lansdown then had an away match at Wells and, in very difficult conditions, won 3-2 as Maddison and Garland recorded their 12th straight victory in the league.
The find for the future was the pairing of young Hamilton with greenkeeper Lewis Pristo, who won their match to see Lansdown home.
Cliffy Davies, who injured his back during the match and had to concede his game, will be out for the next couple of games including a tough away match with The Players.
Lansdown still has membership available in all categories and anyone interested should call Terry Mercer on 01225 422138 or visit the club.