Golf round-up: Pur-fect play-off success for Kingsthorpe duo

Kev Purkis bagged a hole-in-one as he combined with Lee O'Connor to win the Captains-Pro Play-off at Kingsthorpe
Kev Purkis bagged a hole-in-one as he combined with Lee O'Connor to win the Captains-Pro Play-off at Kingsthorpe

Kev Purkis and Lee O’Connor maintained their brilliant run of form as they completed a comfortable victory in the Captains-Pro Play-off at Kingsthorpe.

In an event for all the pairings that were successful in the Captain-Pro Challenge last year, the duo shot 41 points, thanks to a hole-in-one from Purkiss on the ninth hole.

NGU

All the golf clubs in the county have been informed of two EGMs of the Northamptonshire Golf Union and Northamptonshire Ladies County Golf Association scheduled for next month.

The meetings, which take place simultaneously at different venues on February 11 at 7pm, will consider the final proposals to merge the two organisations.

The 25 clubs in the NGU have been invited to Kettering to vote on the formation of a new body called Northamptonshire Golf Ltd, while the 27 clubs who run the ladies organisation will decide on the merger at Wellingborough.

With each club having one vote, if there is a majority verdict at both EGMs, the new body will come into existence around the start of April 2015.

Cold Ashby

Jamie Underwood and club pro John Chivers braved the cold and wet conditions to win the Captains Drive-In Competition by one after carding a nine-hole Greensomes tally of 19 points.

On a day when Iain Kerr, Jayne Neale and John Nicholas struck their first shots since taking over as the men’s, ladies and seniors captains respectively, Underwood and Chivers edged to victory with the help of a birdie two on the last hole.

Stuart Thomas and Selwyn Lloyd (18) grabbed second spot on countback from Graham Bott and Mark Conway, with Ray Chambers and David Durban in fourth on the same mark.

Brampton Heath

Martyn Palmer made a great start to the year as he clinched the top prize in the January Medal on the back of a winning round of net 68.

The 23-handicapper finished three strokes ahead of Michael Burrows, Lee Bellham and Keith Thompson.

Daventry

Three strokes was the margin of victory in both the gross and net categories in the Winter Medal as Tom Orcherton claimed a notable double.

Orcherton’s gross 79 was too good for Dan Haynes, while Colin Long’s net 75 wasn’t enough to catch the seven-handicapper.

Staverton

Gary Birch was the only player to compile a net score in the 60’s in the January Medal as he nudged one stroke ahead of Mike Dickens (70).

Another mid-handicapper Tony Penhall (72) finished third, while Duane Hayle (73) and Ken Stanford (74) led the scoring in the first and third divisions respectively.

Farthingstone

Anthony McCormack stormed to victory in the January Medal as the 15-handicapper dropped just five shots in his last 13 holes. Andrew Kellaway and Lawrence McCormack (both 35) finished two points off the lead in second and third positions respectively.

Overstone Park

Half a dozen points was the margin of success in the January Yellow (White) Tee Stableford as Dave Watson grabbed the honours with 38.

Stephen Richardson, Richard Dalton and Chris Hemmington-Green were next.

Tom Nickleson also produced a comprehensive victory in the January Midweek Medal as a consistent round of net 70 pushed him five shots clear of Alan McNeil.

It was a lot closer in the Seniors January Medal the previous day as Stephen Byrom gained a countback verdict from Brian Billingham (net 70).