Golf round-up: French sticks to his game plan at Hellidon Lakes

Richard French
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Richard French’s short game was in good order in the Hellidon Lakes January Medal as the nine-handicapper completed a gross (79) and net (70) double.

Gavin Aris was runner-up in the top section with a net 74.

A couple of strokes was the difference between first and second in the other two divisions as Duncan Childs (77) beat Paul King in the middle category, while Keith Meadham (76) was the leading high-handicapper ahead of Graham Newport.

Shires Junior Golf Tour

Shires Junior Golf Tour have confirmed the top prize for the winner of the 2015 Grand Final will be a week’s self-catering family holiday for four to the Atlantic island of Gran Canaria.

Boys and girls of all abilities aged between five and 21 years of age will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of 2014 winner George Elderton (Northants County) as they compete at Bedford and County on Monday, October 26.

There are plenty of other opportunities for the juniors to win prizes through the season as 12 events are scheduled from March onwards in the counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Leicestershire. For more details about how to take part on Shires Junior Golf Tour, visit www.shiresjuniorgolftour.co.uk, ring Paul Bull on 07824 666480 or email paul@shiresjuniorgolftour.co.uk.

Overstone Park

Four-handicapper Luke Barney overcame a wobble in the middle of his front nine to shoot the leading score of net 72 in the Junior January Medal. Baylie Pyke was runner-up.

Ronald Fuller backed up his victory in the January Midweek Stableford last week by clinching the top prize in the Seniors Yellow Tee Stableford seven days later with 34 points on a difficult day for scoring.

Whittlebury

Jason Robinson and Chris Close-Smith led the scoring in the seventh round of the Men’s Winter League as they carded 44 points in the latest Bruton Plate event.

Andrew Hallworth and Glynn Hughes were one of three pairings to finish a couple of points off the lead.

Round six of the Ladies Winter League witnessed a four point victory for Christina Hancock and Michelle Watson (38) from Carole Kane and Tracey Mann.

Staverton

Paul Lee bagged 21 points over the front nine in the 11th round of the Vets Winter Stableford as he beat Richard Harris by two. The back nine competition needed countback to decide the winner as Trevor Tracey (19) gained the verdict from Kip Frankson.

Cold Ashby

Gary Payne was the only player to match his handicap in the January White Tee Stableford as a tally of 36 points secured first prize ahead of Spencer Daniels (34). Phil Smith braved the cold conditions in the January Midweek Medal as he recorded a convincing victory with a score of net 73.

Kingsthorpe

A huge field of around 160 golfers will take to the course on Saturday for the Captains Drive-In as new skipper Tim Smeathers organises two separate competitions in the morning and afternoon.

Northampton

Mark Saunders carded ten pars and a birdie on the 12th hole in the Winter Series Stableford as he nudged a single point clear of Andres Patino (40).

Brampton Heath

Sylvia Inglis was the only player to match her handicap over nine holes in the fifth round of the Ladies Winter League as she nudged one in front of Wendy Mckie (17). Five players finished one point further off the pace.