GOLF: Hat-trick for Bott as he lands Cold Ashby crown

Graham Bott
Graham Bott

Graham Bott was crowned Cold Ashby club champion for the third time after a composed performance over 36 holes at the weekend.

The plus-one handicapper, who also triumphed in 2008 and 2012, shot an opening score of 70, before adding a second round 74 to finish three ahead of Fraser Carnihan.

The Larratt Trophy for the leading player in the net competition went to Stephen Bull as the high-handicapper compiled a 36-hole net total of 136 to finish four ahead of Adrian Todd.

Julie Howes clinched the ladies championship, which is played over 18 holes, by one stroke from Pamela Kerr (95).


Ross Skidmore will go head-to-head with Gary Foreman in a play-off over 18 holes in the Northampton Cup Final after finishing tied for first place on net 143.

An excellent back nine from Mark Shelswell prevented another play-off in the Northampton Cup Plate Final as he edged one in front of James Schofield with net scores of 69 and 71.

Anne Hubble was successful in the Ladies September Medal & Golf Foundation Brooch as a round of net 71 kept her two clear of Sophie O’Brien and Lorna Dodwell.

Northants County

David Goodrham and Millie Billson combined perfectly in the Deeks Salver as they smashed a mixed foursomes winning tally of 43 points. Richard Halliday and Janet Halliday (40) were runners-up on countback from Jeff Jacobs and Di Murkin.


Kip Frankson (net 68), Tony Penhall (67) and Ken Stanford (71) were the three divisional winners of the September Medal. Frankson beat Andy Sant on countback in the top section, Penhall finished three clear of fellow mid-handicapper Malcolm Jones, while Stanford edged on in front of Andrew Pearson in the third category.


Bob Ross was successful in the sixth round of the Colonial Series as his tally of 41 points kept him one ahead of Kieron Healey.

Calculators were needed to decide the main prizes in the Seniors Les Pullen Trophy after four players carded the leading score of 36 points. Ken Souster emerged victorious on countback from Richard Penn, Graham Warren and Peter Horgan.


Patrick Fitzsimmons saw his handicap drop back into single figures for the first time since Easter after winning the September Medal with a marvellous round of net 66. Neil Marks (69) finished second by one from Michael Pinto. In the latest 9 O’Clock Club comp, David Bainbridge bagged the Dave Goodrham Trophy by one from Colin Anton with an excellent score of 44 points.

Brampton Heath

Rosemary Hardie was victorious in the Ladies Order of Merit Final after posting a total of 36 points. Sylvia Inglis (35) was runner-up by one from Jean Brentnall.

Barry Nicholas recorded a countback success from Giacomo Deieso and Paul Taylor in the Russ Faul Challenge Cup after all three shot 42 points in the over-60s competition.

Overstone Park

Birdies at the first, second and fourth holes sent James Barker and Pete Softley on the way to victory in the Men’s September Greensomes.The duo went on to card 41 points as they beat Decklyn Cooke and Phil Gardner by two.

Dean Whitehouse (42) was the dominant player in the September Midweek White Tee Stableford as he finished four clear of Matthew Evans. Ron James, Alan Wright and Richard Hanna were next on 37.

Hellidon Lakes

Andrew Thornton parred half the holes during the September Stableford as he finished one ahead of Kevin Lovell with a brilliant score of 42 points. A single point was also the margin of victory in the other two sections as David Reeves (39) beat Daniel Harris (38) in the top division and Peter Wallace (37) squeezed in front of fellow high-handicapper Michael Clea.

In the September Midweek Medal, a round of net 67 secured first prize for Thomas Haydon ahead of Stuart Metcalf (69).


Roseanne Youngman and Irene McGowan were the outstanding players in the Ladies September Medal after shooting net scores of 67 and 68 in the first and second divisions respectively.


Adam Smart’s net 66 was the leading score in the September Medal as he finished two ahead of Dougie Campbell. Alan Roderick was a further three strokes back in third.


High-handicapper Shane Burrows confirmed victory in the September Medal in style as he eagled the 18th hole in a round of net 66. Three shots back in second was Martin Northover (69) by one from Stephen Stein.


The members battled it out for victory in the Troy Shield as Michael Lee, Alan Picketts and Jeremy Clough all posted the best mark of 38 points. Lee’s better finish proved decisive as he triumphed on countback.

Shires Junior Golf Tour

Kingsthorpe’s Thomas Freeman took the plaudits in the Bronze section of the Shires Junior Golf Tour event at Pavenham Park in Bedfordshire on Sunday.

In the penultimate event of the season, a tally of 37 points lifted him two ahead of Jade Roberts (Peterborough Milton), with Ellis Whittles (Northampton) in third on 34.

Scratch League

Overstone Park took a giant stride towards going up after defeating division two promotion contenders Kingsthorpe 5-3 at home.

Peter Goddard (5&4) and Luke Barney (3&2) got the hosts off to a strong start, before Decklyn Cooke make it 3-0 with victory over Kris Spence down the last.

Kingsthorpe, who needed to win the match to guarantee top spot, responded with a 5&3 success for Mark Bazeley before drawing level with victories for Guy Loveland and Paul Croxford on the 18th.

With the remaining two matches going the distance, the home team kept their nerve as Taylor Sargeant beat Jake Croxford, before Harry Woan overcame Gary Hardy.

Cold Ashby, who have played all their games, remain top on points difference, but Overstone will overtake them if they get anything from their final home match with Staverton on Sunday.

Rushden meanwhile finished bottom after ending their campaign with a home draw and an away defeat to Kingsthorpe over the previous two days.

Playing on Friday afternoon, Rushden collected their first point of the season as Mark Brown, Jack McGrath and Simon Cox won, while Steve Alexander and Ian Dickerson secured halves.

Alexander collected a point 24 hours later in the reverse fixture, but it proved to be the only high point as Kingsthorpe won the other seven matches.

Gavin Hitchcock, Paul Croxford, Oliver Haywood, Loveland, Bazeley, Hardy and Jake Croxford were all successful.

Junior League

Whittlebury Park hosts the Junior League final on Sunday after Staverton Park and Collingtree recorded play-off wins over Peterborough Milton A and B teams respectively in the semis.