Season’s silver lining sees 70 trophies handed out

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NEARLY 70 trophies were handed out when Market Harborough GC captains Victor Bowie and Christine Pollock welcomed members and friends to the club’s presentation evening.

The captains expressed special thanks to Helen Perry and Graham Wooldridge for their work throughout the year in ensuring competitions were fully supported.

There was a 15 per cent overall increase in the number of members taking part in the various tournaments – a clear indication of their success.

Paul Bracegirdle had a highly successful season among the men.

He was player of the year, as well as first team player of the year. He also won the Banks Cup, the club championship scratch cup and Chapman Cup, which goes to the golfer with the best aggregate score in five specified medal rounds.

Adrian Bell, who became the club’s new professional this year, sponsored a competition for which he donated a new cup – the Professionals Trophy – of which Richard Mason was the inaugural winner.

Suzanne Wright, like Bracegirdle, had an outstanding 2012 season.

She was the women’s player of the year and also won the Mills Cup, the 2s final, Vice-President’s Putter and the spring Rose Bowl.

Helen Perry also had a fine campaign, including seeing her handicap down from 11 to single figures – she is now off 9 – and she won the women’s club championship, scratch and handicap, when she led the field by no fewer than 14 shots.

She also won the Birdie Tree, the Iron Lady and the Ashby Briggs foursomes, with playing partner Angela Allington.

A focal point of the club’s development programme this year has been the junior section and their player of the year trophy was awarded to Brandon Armitage. Junior captain Jon Mundy won the junior knockout, Matthew Ward took the Cob Cup, and Lucas Wood won the junior Centenary trophy.

Lee Wenlock led the men’s first team which won division five of the county Scratch league, so are promoted.

The B team, captained by Glen Ward, won 11 matches and drew two of the 19 they played. The women won all their four inter-club county handicap league games to gained promotion too.

Angela Allington was thanked by the captains for organising and running the event.

THE heavy rain of recent days brought disappointment with many courses closed throughout the area.

Both Harborough and Kibworth were affected, and the County Alliance meeting scheduled for Melton also fell victim to the weather. At Lutterworth several holes were closed at various times.

LUTTERWORTH GC’s End of Season Medal saw Bob Allsopp emerge as the overall winner with his 83-14-69 return, but he won only after a tie with Garrick Hayes (19) also on 69 net, runner-up.

Phil Munden 78-8-70 was third overall on local rule from the two top division one golfers. Alan Wrigley (6) took first prize in this section from Alex Scott (10).

Neville Townsend (22), who also carded 70 net, led division two from Andrew Kilby with his 87-16-71 return.

The scratch prize winner was Philip Meakin with his 75 round.