Brampton Heath’s Ben Jones played a starring role for England Under-16s as the team completed a clean sweep in the Home International Series by beating Ireland 10½-5½ at Templepatrick GC.
After defeating Scotland and Wales in their previous two outings, England made a positive start as Jones and Angus Flanagan bagged a foursomes point to earn the reigning champions a 3-1 lead.
The England duo combined again to grab another victory on the 18th in the afternoon fourballs to extend the advantage, before Jones sealed the team victory the following day with a 4&3 singles win.
Ladies County Vets Team Championships
NORTHANTS were crowned Ladies County Vets Team Champions for the first time in the 12 years of the regional event after beating 15 other teams at Beau Desert GC.
In a tournament including Notts, Warwickshire, Suffolk, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Shropshire, the Northants quartet of Gillian Curley, Karen Lobb, Mary MacLaren and Gill Snelson triumphed by three shots from Staffordshire
Lobb won the net prize over 36 holes and was runner-up in the gross category, where MacLaren finished third.
Andy Sewell (Brampton Heath) held off the challenge of Mark Davis (Wellingborough) to clinch the 2015 NGU Order of Merit by a single point after the final event of the series.
With former county champion Davis winning the Am-Am at Kingsthorpe by two from Ian Wicks (Peterborough Milton) with a score of 35 points, Sewell just did enough to secure the top spot.
County Vice-President Roger Butler was part of the winning quartet in the team competition as he combined with Chris Elson, Theresa Hammon and Taylor Sargeant to shoot 76 points.
Northants County’s Paul Broadhurst emphasised his class in the opening two events of the Northamptonshire PGA Winter Series as he grabbed the first prize at both Priors Hall and Wellingborough.
The former Ryder Cup player set a new professional record of five-under-par 67 at the Corby course as he finished four ahead of Bob Clayton (Cold Ashby), Adam Chamberlain (Peterborough Milton) and Dan Wood (Brampton Heath).
Broadhurst completed a double at Wellingborough a week later as he fired another 67 to finish five ahead of David Poolton (Collingtree) in the individual, before securing the team prize on 16-under.
Jake Croxford provided the perfect foil for club captain Tim Smeathers in the Sid Garrett Greensomes as they cruised to victory with a stunning round of net 59.
The pair’s gross total of 66 was actually one shot lower than their closest rivals in the net competition as Neil Picton and Simon Allitt came in with a net 67.
Club professional Rodney Holt combined with Charlie Crowe, Mel Toms and Natalie Toms to win the 10-year Anniversary Competition on countback with 85 points.
Brian Cox, Andy Prideaux, Alex Crook and Alan Roderick were second, while Darrell Maycock, John Hallett, Royston Stanley and Mark Halbard had to settle for third with the same score.
Jeff Winfield prevented Jon Edwards from completing a knockout double as he defeated the Clayton Rosebowl winner with three holes to spare in the Duke of York Final.
It was a similar story in the ladies section as Mary Wetherly, who lost the Fitzroy Final to Sue Barrick, recorded a 2&1 win against Gillian Curley, who was successful in the Guthrie Final. Other winners included Andrea Alston in the Hollingsworth Final and George Elderton in the Junior Final.
Carl Hollingsworth needed countback to get the better of Wynand De Jager in the seventh round of the Colonial after both men came in with 38 points.
A TOTAL of 14 gross pars and one birdie were on the winning scorecard of Rob Hemus in the October Medal as he saw his handicap cut to four on the back of a net 69.
Tom Langhorn (71) finished runner-up by a couple of strokes from Stuart Trigwell and Wayne Brown.
Craig Cotterill was the only player to reach the 40-point barrier in the October Stableford as he clinched the top division by one from Darren Welsh and Gavin Aris (both 39). Dave Upton and Mike James led the scoring in the second and third sections respectively with 38 points apiece.
Mid-handicappers dominated the prize giving in the October Stableford as the leading five players all competed in the second division. Barrie Vearncombe (42 points) triumphed on countback from Simon Miller, with Jeff Parsons, Terry How and David Sloanes just one point off the pace. Juliette Parish won the ladies competition with 37.
Chris Bryant and David Dunlop will represent the club in the Daily Mail Men’’s Foursomes next season after winning the pairs qualifier by a point from George Marston and Jim Tricklebank (40).
One stroke was the margin of victory in the October Midweek Medal as Jamie Newton (net 69) edged out Taylor Sargeant, who compiled the best gross round of 70.
Forty two points was the best score in the October Weekend Stableford as Leighton Adams grabbed the honours by one from Paul Lovesey. Third place went to Andy White (40) as he edged out Paul Sutton (39).
Three points was the margin of victory in the October Seniors Stableford as Neil Freeman grabbed the first prize ahead of Martin McInerney, Steve O’Neill and John Moon (all 36).
In the Ladies Medal Plate, a round of net 73 secured top spot for Sally Hill ahead of Pamela Kerr (75).
There’s nothing to choose between the three leaders in the early stages of the Winter Series as Andres Patino, David Page and Mark Saunders top the charts with 81 points apiece.
Gary Wray enjoyed the challenge of competing with a lighter bag as he won the Five Club Stableford with a tally of 40 points. Tim Pitwood and Gavin Davies finished three points off the lead.
Raymond Crowder kept picking up points on both loops of nine holes in the Seniors Chairmans Cup as he triumphed by three from Michael Johnson and Mark Hepher (both 35).