Golf round-up: Broadhurst shows his class in NPGA Winter Series

Ben Jones snatched a narrow win in the Steve Langley Memorial Trophy at Brampton Heath
Ben Jones snatched a narrow win in the Steve Langley Memorial Trophy at Brampton Heath

Paul Broadhurst produced a classy display in the NPGA Winter Series Pro-Am at 
Peterborough Milton as he shot a brilliant round of five-under-par 66.

The Ryder Cup player, who now represents Northants County, finished five strokes ahead of Dan Wood and Simon Lilly, with David Poolton two shots further back in fourth.

Wood, who is competing in EuroPro Qualifying this week with fellow county players Ryan Evans, Kyson Lloyd, Simon Williams, Matt Hodgkiss and Michele Forgione, was successful in the team event.

The Winter Series Order of Merit pacesetter combined with amateurs John Faulkner, Mike Cope and Nathan Bull to card the leading score of 130.

Silverstone

Simon Gregory joined forces with Paul Jordan and the husband and wife combination of Steve and Gill Pedder to win Inauguration Day on countback with 79 points.

In a comp when the best score is take on the opening six holes, the leading two marks on the next half a dozen holes and the best three scores on holes 13-18, the quartet edged out Doug Campbell’s side.

The top prize in the Pro Shop Stableford the following day was won by one point as Chris James (36) coped admirably with the strong winds to beat Phil Carter.

Kingsthorpe

Two sets of brothers led from start to finish in the Paul Colbert Charity Day as Lee and Gavin Hitchcock successful combined with Kris and Jason Spence.

On a day when £5,600 was raised for stroke charities, the quartet made the most of the milder wind early on as they carded 82 points in the opening group to finish one ahead of three teams.

Scoring proved even more tricky in the heavy breeze the following day as a tally of 79 points proved enough to clinch the Flat Earth Trophy for Vern Goodes, Guy Loveland, Dale Betts and Alan Woods.

Brampton Heath

The opening Order of Merit event of the year saw a dramatic victory for Ben Jones as he snatched a narrow win in the Steve Langley Memorial Trophy with a birdie three at the 18th hole.

Jones, who also won the gross prize for his two-under-par 70, nudged a single shot ahead of Paul Reynolds, with Andrew Sewell and Gary James a further shot back on net 71.

Northants County

Martin Jaffray and Andy Billson carried away the net and gross prizes in the March Medal.

Jaffray’s brilliant score of net 65 gave him a three shot advantage from fellow high-handicappers David Alston and Phil Harris, while Billson compiled a gross round of 75.

Cold Ashby

Bernard Allen was the player to beat in the March Midweek Stableford as his score of 36 points was two more than Don Smith and Jim Burberry could shoot.

Sally Lawrenson enjoyed a three point victory in the third Ladies Joker event of the season as her tally of 18 points over nine holes secured top spot ahead of Isobel Robertson.

Collingtree

David Fleet managed to score on every hole in the seventh round of the Seniors Stableford Series as the 22-handicapper took the plaudits with 38 points. Keith Faulkner (36) was runner-up by one from David Wiggins.

Hellidon Lakes

Mike Thomas was the only player to match his handicap in the Three Club Competition as he finished a couple of points ahead of runner-up Mike James (34).

Overstone Park

Brian Billingham kept the big numbers off his scorecard in the Seniors March Medal as he secured a gross (84) and net (66) double. Ronald Fuller was runner-up in the net category by one from Keiron Rafferty and Dave Bright.

Northampton

Jane Petts overcame a slow start before going on to claim a gross (84) and net (75) double in the Ladies March Medal.

Whittlebury

Paul Willats did all his best work in the opening 15 holes during the sixth round of the Winter Trophy as the 17-handicapper bagged the leading tally of 40 points. Andy Bartlett and Ray Swann were next on 38 apiece.

Daventry

Terry Read and Martin James (5&4) and Kevin Tarbox & Mark Higgs (5&3) were both impressive winners for the club’s B team as they beat Stoke Albany 5-0 in a pre-season home match.