GOLF: Hull the pick of Europeans to tie seventh in Australia

Baylie Pyke triumphed in the ladies' February Midweek Medal at Overstone Park
Baylie Pyke triumphed in the ladies' February Midweek Medal at Overstone Park

Top county professional Charley Hull finished as the highest placed European golfer in the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open as she grabbed a share of seventh place in Adelaide.

The Kettering golfer opened with scores of 74 and 69, before smashing seven birdies on the third day to move into contention for victory.

Although Hull dropped back after carding a late triple bogey, the 21-year-old kept her composure in the final round as she posted four birdies 
and just one bogey to finish on 282.

European Tour

Wellingborough’s Ryan Evans collected prize money for the fifth time out of five events on the European Tour this season as he made the cut in the NBO Oman Open.

The 30-year-old, who is competing in the Qatar Masters this week, posted scores of 72 and 71 before adding back-to-back rounds of 73 over the weekend to finish in 53rd place.

Whittlebury Park

Ron Carron snatched first place in the February Stableford in stunning fashion as he birdied the 17th and 18th holes to triumph on countback with 40 points.

The 11-handicapper’s brilliant finish meant he pushed Peter Bleakley and David Castle into second and third positions respectively.

Staverton Park

Peter Johnson had to settle for second in both the 14th and 15th rounds of the Seniors Red Winter Stablefords as Trevor Tracey and Ken Stamford grabbed the plaudits on the back and front nines respectively.

Peter Groves and Tony Pernyes led the scoring in the Seniors Red Winter Back and Front Nine Stablefords respectively over the same two weeks.

Overstone Park

David Smith recorded his second victory in the space of five days as he added the February White Tee Stableford to the February Midweek Medal top prize.

The five-handicapper bagged 40 points to finish one ahead of Jamie Newton and Wayne Cockerill. The ladies competition went to Baylie Pyke (36) by a single point from Reba Danson.

Stoke Albany

Michael Jursa was the standout performer in the sixth round of the Winter League Series as the six-handicapper secured two early birdies on his way to bagging 40 points.

John Berry and Ken Murie finished off the pace.

Hellidon Lakes

Scoring proved difficult in both the February Medal and the 15th round of the Tigers Merit League.

Lloyd Rawlings (net 75) won the Medal by one from Richard French and Richard Barnes, while Ted Craig’s 35 points were enough to clinch first place four days later by Peter Bosworth.

Priors Hall

A birdie on the opening hole set the tone for John McConnell’s success in the latest round of the Seniors Winter Stableford as he carded the leading 11-hole tally of 26 points.

Les Beattie birdied both par fives in the other six holes to grab second place by two points from John Lenaghan, Phil Holden and Wakeley Gage (all 23).

Northampton

Linda Sherry loved playing in red during the Ladies February Stableford as she received the top prize on Valentine’s Day. Annie Goodchild won the nine-hole competition.

Cold Ashby

Paul Fuller and Colin Bell both carded a round of net 
69 to clinch the first and second divisions respectively by a single stroke in the February Medal.

Paul White and Gary Payne were the respective runners-up.

Daventry

One shot was the margin of victory in the fifth Winter Medal as James Berry edged out Casey Cooper with a net 70. Tim Scull was third on 74.

Oundle

Elspeth Langsdale enjoyed a two-point success in the Ladies Winter Stableford as she clinched the February competition ahead of Pat Wilkinson, Karen Johnson and Liz Swan (all 29).