GOLF: Sainsbury claims Winter Series win at Farthingstone

Carl Sainsbury
Carl Sainsbury

Carl Sainsbury of Brampton Heath was the only professional to post an under-par score in the latest NPGA Winter Series event as he compiled a 69 at Farthingstone GC.

Second place was shared by home pro Mike Gallagher and Wellingborough’s Simon Lilly on one-over-par 71, with Dan Wood (Brampton) a further shot back in fourth.

Sainsbury made it a double success in the team event as he claimed a one shot victory in the company of Brampton amateurs William Rice, Sean Collins and Sean Collins, who are unrelated, on 129.

Brampton Heath

Two outstanding displays from Jack Brown and Max Faulkner clinched the gross and net prizes respectively in the Junior Club Championships.

Brown, who has been in excellent form in recent months, carded a four-under-par 68 to finish five ahead of his brother Harry Brown, with Jason McGuinness, who was four-under after 11 holes, in third on 75.

Faulkner was arguably even more impressive than Brown as the 28-handicapper, who celebrated his ninth birthday a few days later, bagged five gross pars and 13 bogeys in a magnificent net 57. James Crowson (net 65) was runner-up.

Overstone Park

Ivan Roy maintained his superb form as he won the Captains Handover Seniors competition with 41 points.

Fresh from his victory in the October White Tee Mid-week Stableford a week earlier, Roy bagged four net birdies in the last six holes to beat Bernard Bullivant by one.

Brian Thompson was third on 39, while at the other end of the age scale Sean White won the October Junior Medal by three from Andrew Watson.

Northants County

A TOTAL of 41 points was an excellent winning score in the November Midweek Stableford as Mike Marriott clinched the second section by five from Alan Kennedy.

Phil Harris was third with 35 points – a score which clinched the top division for Gary Page by a single point from Quentin Wade.

Cold Ashby

Eight net birdies and a net eagle on the 11th hole helped Tim Miller clinch the October Midweek Stableford as he finished seven clear of Jack Collins with a magnificent tally of 45 points.

Stuart Nicholas was on the winning trail once again as the single-figure handicapper birdied the last two holes to lift the Charity Shield with 40 points.

Dnnis Mathers (38) was second on countback from Mark Conway and Neil Entwistle, while Sue Dawkins picked up the ladies prize with ease after grabbing 36 points.


Andrew Witcomb compiled the best score in the third week of the Winter Back Nine Stableford as his total of 22 points was one better than Gordon Russell could manage.

Callum Higman displayed his potential in the Rookie Challenge as the youngster parred the fourth hole on his way to bagging 21 points over nine holes to nudge one ahead of runner-up James Carty.


Three gross birdies were on George Briar’s scorecard in the November Medal as he came out on top with a tally of 41 points.

The next four best scores all came in the lower division as Andy Simmonds (39) beat Derek Campbell by one, with Lawrence Smith and Alan Bosher a further two points off the pace.


Mid-handicapper David Page was the man to beat in the opening round of the Winter Series as he came in with 40 points.

Page, who was two-over-par for the last half a dozen holes, finished three points ahead of Martin Wright, with Richard White in third spot on 35.


Round one of the Bruton Plate Winter League saw two pairings shoot the leading total of 44 points as John Colby and Jonathan Illingworth finished tied with Paul Durant and Christopher Miller. Scoring wasn’t quite as good in the opening round of the Ladies Winter League as Jacqueline Jenkinson and Tracey Mann grabbed the best mark of 34 points in the George Blues Trophy.


Karin Poolton was beaten on countback by Jean Poolton in the Pams Pot Stableford after both shot 30 points. Although County first team player Karin eagled the 14th hole, she found trouble on the last two holes to narrowly miss out.

Steve Pedder will be looking to make it a hat-trick of team wins for the Club Captain when he takes on Club pro Rodney Holt’s side in the annual Ryder Cup challenge match. The doubles matches take place on Sunday, with the singles ties scheduled for the following Saturday.


David Wiggins compiled the leading score in the 16th round of the Seniors Stableford Series as a tally of 36 points edged him two ahead of Ray Draper.


Former Solheim Cup captain and US Open champion Alison Nicholas was the special guest at the NLCGA annual dinner at Kettering GC as the county ladies celebrated their year.

Nicholas passed on her knowledge by performing a short game, bunker play, chipping and putting clinic to 30 ladies, before delivering a fascinating speech about her experiences in the game.

At the end of the evening, Nicholas presented the Cecil Leitch Trophy to Staverton Park, while Wellingborough picked up the Scratch Trophy.

Ladies Access Tour

Northamptonshire amateur Charley Hull warmed up for her tilt at gaining a place on the European Ladies Pro Tour next month with another high finish in the Crete Open on the feeder Access Tour.

Despite the event being reduced to just a single round due to the strong winds, the 16-year-old birdied the second, ninth and 15th holes in a level par round to grab a share of fourth place.

Cherwell Edge

Alan Percy fired the leading net round of 66 in the November Medal as he beat junior member Adam Berry by four in the second category.

Sean Lapper enjoyed a three shot success in the top category thanks to a net 67, while Michael Lunn won the lower division by a single stroke with a 68.