Golf round-up: Holt and Jordan’s winning streak comes to an end

Matt Hodgkiss will compete alongside all the other leading pros in the county
Matt Hodgkiss will compete alongside all the other leading pros in the county

Silverstone professionals Rodney Holt and Mark Jordan saw their winning streak come to an end in the Beat the Pro Shop Challenge as five of the 35 teams got the better of the duo.

After winning the event in the previous three years, Holt and Jordan came unstuck this time as their score of net 69 left three off the pace set by Rob Bacon and Paul Vidler.

NPGA

A huge field of 30 county professionals and their amateur teams have put their names down to compete in the NPGA Christmas Pro-Am at Brampton Heath on Tuesday, December 16.

In the last Winter Series event of the year, Wellingborough’s Simon Lilly will face stiff competition as he looks to extend his advantage at the top of Order of Merit.

Home club pros Dan Wood and Matt Hodgkiss, who lie second and third in the standings, are competing alongside all the other leading pros in the county.

Northants County

Andy James and Harry Larkins were the prize winners in the November Weekend Stableford as they grabbed the plaudits in the net and gross categories respectively.

James compiled a tally of 38 points to nudge one ahead of fellow mid-handicapper Bob Garrett and Richard Bailey, while Larkins also carded 37 to lead the way in the top section.

Cold Ashby

Sally Lawrenson was the most consistent golfer in the Ladies Christmas Stableford as she grabbed the honours with 18 points over nine holes. Jayne Neale (16) and Sally Hill (15) 
took second and third respectively.

Scoring conditions proved difficult in the November White Tee Stableford as Simon Duffield coped best on his 
way to the leading tally of 32 points.

Hellidon Lakes

A couple of birdies on short holes helped Chris Harvey secure a big victory in the fifth round of the Winter League as he bagged a superb tally of 43 points.

The November Medal witnessed a comfortable win for Michael Canning as he 
compiled a magnificent round of net 64 tosee his handicap cut to 12.

Roy Trim was the leading player in the top division as a net 68 earned a two stroke victory from Darren Welsh.

Overstone Park

Pars at the closing three holes helped Ron James snatch a one stroke victory in the December Midweek Medal.

The high-handicapper finished with a round of net 69 to nudge clear of Gerrard Westby, Jon Dean and Harry Woan, who picked up the gross prize.

Ken Curley’s form on the short holes made the difference in the December Seniors Medal as he finished one stroke ahead of Dave Bright and Roger Hubbard (both net 72).

Kingsthorpe

A large field of 92 players have entered the 2014-15 Winter Pairs League as the members look to keep their competitive spirits going over the next three months.

With the top duo from each of the six groups going through to the quarter finals, alongside the best two runners-up, all matches needed to be completed by mid-February.

Collingtree

Don Parker was successful in the 21st round of the Seniors Stableford Series as a total of 39 points secured a narrow victory. David Nash (38) was runner-up by two from Tim Thornton and Kevin Durkan.

Staverton

Countback was needed in the Vets December Stableford after three players came in with the leading mark of 36 points. Tony Griffiths enjoyed a slightly better finish to grab the verdict from Mike Ratcliff and Chris Conway.

Whittlebury

A single point was the margin of victory in the latest 9 O’Clock Club comp as Barrie Vearncombe (40) clinched top spot in the second round of the Winter Trophy. Stuart Wallace and Stephen Herring were next.

Northampton

Consistency was the key to victory in the second round of the Winter Series as Lawrence Ryan compiled two solid halves on his way to a winning tally of 39 points. Stephen Roberts finished runner-up with 36.

Cherwell Edge

Birdies on the sixth and 17th holes helped Dave Newby clinch the top prize in the Seniors Whiskey Galore Comp by one point from Daniel Berry (38).

Brampton Heath

Elaine Parry bagged a winning total of 20 points over nine holes in the third round of the Ladies Winter League.

Second place went to Helen Milner (19) by one from Mary Evans.