Golf: Masterful Joe bags another trophy
LANSDOWN Junior Joe Long completed an excellent year by adding the Masters Trophy to his list of successes on Saturday.
Long won the competition, for single-figure handicappers, with a nett 68, one shot ahead of veteran Tony Gough after both recorded gross scores of 73. Third place went to club champion Ken Madden with a nett 70.
The rest of the field played for the Frankcom Trophy, which went to John Mountain after his nett 69 put him one shot ahead of Bob White.
There were ten players on nett 71 so third place was decided on countback, with former club captain Alan Veitch taking the prize.
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The midweek stableford had a very clear winner in Mike Kempster, his 41 points putting him four shots ahead of the field.
Division 1 was decided on countback, with Eddie Watson taking the honours from Mambo Necco after both carded 35 points.
Andy Matthews had the same score to claim second spot behind Kempster in Division 2 and Division 3 went to Troy Love on countback after he and Mike Webb both scored 37.
The latest ladies medal was won by captain Tracy Scully with a nett 75, four shots ahead of second-placed Laura Leach.
Watson Financial held their charity day at Lansdown on Friday and raised more than £5,000, which will be split between Help the Heroes and Friends of Young Carers.
The day took the form of a Texas Scramble, with a couple of holes played in bowmaker format, and had a shotgun start for around 100 competitors.
This usually means a klaxon sounding but former RAF man Martin Watson was able to arrange a special treat for the players as two Tornados flew by at low level at 505 knots to start the event.
Anthony Lawrenson's brother in law, Wing Commander Mark Rodden, flew lead Tornado and managed to divert his training flight plan over Lansdown at the precise moment to show his support for Help the Heroes.
The winning team was Abi Bakali, Rupert Sadler, Ian Shone and John Baker with a nett 69.2, one shot ahead of Lewis Pristo, Rob Braund, Wayne Hobson and Julian Orzabal – brother of Tears for Fears star Roland.
Third spot went to Paul Whiteman, Charlie Angear, Peter Stevens and Rich Hall, while Graham Pristo, Martin O'Kane, Pete Robson and Mark Burton were fourth.
In fifth spot were former Welsh international Chris Davies, Mark Keen and Tony and Paul Perry. The latter was one of the nearest the pin prize winners on the par threes, along with Shaun Dickson, head greenkeeper Jon Jarvis and Paul Whiteman.
Martin Davey also took one of the prizes and, alongside Rupert Sadler, produced the longest drive after striking his ball a magnificent 320 yards down the 18th.
The putting and chipping prizes went to Gennaro Trezza and Whiteman.
Last week, members of the MCC took on the Women's Cricket Association in their annual event at Lansdown, captained by Alan Shine and Pip Vyvyan respectively.
The MCC were clear winners but each match was tightly fought, with a number going down to the last green. The WCA team included former England team manager Nora Izard.