Golf round-up: Elderton chasing unique hat-trick in Shires Junior Golf Tour

Kingsthorpe skipper Tim Smeathers (centre) with Night Golf winners Leigh Woodward, Lee Hitchcock, Pete Earl and Carl Jonas
Kingsthorpe skipper Tim Smeathers (centre) with Night Golf winners Leigh Woodward, Lee Hitchcock, Pete Earl and Carl Jonas

A record field of 50 talented young golfers representing 16 different golf clubs across the region will tee off in the opening event of Shires Junior Golf Tour at The Bedford on Sunday.

Northants County’s George Elderton, who won the opening event last year as well as the end-of-season Grand Final, is chasing a unique hat-trick as he competes against 18 other players in the Gold Division.

The Silver and Bronze categories feature ten and nine golfers respectively, while a dozen high-handicappers will play over nine holes for the Copper prizes.

On a day when 10 girls are taking part, all the players will receive free coaching as part of the Apprentice Supermarket Golf Academy.

With 12 events taking place on Sundays throughout the rest of the season at courses in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire, places are filling up quickly for the other venues.

For more details about how to take part on Shires Junior Golf Tour, visit, ring Paul Bull on 07824 666480 or email


Kingsthorpe skipper Tim Smeathers hailed the first Night Golf competition as a success on Friday evening.

With the leading three teams being separated by just 0.1 points, Leigh Woodward, Lee Hitchcock, Pete Earl and Carl Jonas came out on top.

A 12-hole tally of net 35.9 lifted the quartet in front of the captain’s team (36), who finished runners-up on countback from Bob Sanderson’s side.

Cold Ashby

Scratch team golfers dominated the prize giving in the February White Tee Stableford as Mark Conway, Paul Askew and Greg Croxton grabbed the podium places.

Conway, who plays off four, carded two birdies and just one bogey as he bagged a winning tally of 41 points to edge two ahead of Askew, with Croxton in third on 37.

John Bott produced a stunning finish in the February Medal as the 17-handicapper birdied the 15th, 16th and 17th holes to nudge one stroke ahead of James Gibson (net 63).

Brampton Heath

Anthony Faulkner never looked back after carding net birdies on the first three holes in the February Stableford as he compiled the best score of 41 points. Keith Thompson (40) took second by one from David Patrick.

Countback was required in the February Seniors Winter Stableford as Howard Pettifer edged out Brian Palmer and Keith Grove (all 39 points).


High-handicapper Aled Owen enjoyed the challenging of playing Collingtree’s water holes during the February Winter Stableford as he carded eight gross pars from the fourth onwards.

Owen’s tally of 42 points lifted him one ahead of Neil Abery, Louise Kilshaw and Stuart Maddison.


A consistent back nine was the key to victory for Colin Anton in the latest 9 O’Clock Club as the high-handicapper won the fifth round of the Winter Trophy with 37 points.

Second place went to Mike Swinnerton (34) by one point from Barrie Vearncombe, Will Robinson, Simon Stevenson and Tom Taylor.


Paul Fisher hooked the top prize in the February Stableford after the eight-handicapper shot the leading mark of 39 points. Steve Bicknell and Tony Penhall were next on 38.

The Vets February Stableford plaudits went to Ken James (39) by a single point from Ian Machell.


An opportunity to carry a lighter bag over 15 holes proved popular for Margaret Childs (29) as she earned a four point victory in the Three Clubs and a Putter Stableford from Susan Kreft and Diane Heard.

Victoria Eyton-Jones was successful in the Ladies February Stableford as a tally of 28 points over the same number of holes lifted her one clear of Linda Sherry.

Overstone Park

Norwood Whittle was the standout performer in the February Seniors Medal as he completed a gross (83) and net (68) double.

Ivan Roy, Dave Bright, Colin Humphries, Keiron Rafferty, John Hillier, Philip George and Peter Thorpe all finished two shots off the pace in the net comp.

Northants County

Leigh Moss was successful in the February Midweek Stableford as he bagged 40 points to finish two clear of second division pacesetter John Delves.


A run of four pars and a birdie on the 17th over the last five holes helped Michael Albone clinch the latest Winter Bash comp as he romped to victory with 43 points. Anthony Marriott (37) was runner-up by one from Duncan Tucker.

Cherwell Edge

Dave Stansfield was the player to catch in the fifth round of the Seniors Winter League as a net 66 edged the 14-handicapper a single stroke ahead of Mick Grigson and Philip Lee.