Unstoppable Imogen takes county crown

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TEENAGER Imogen Huxley has won the Leicestershire Girls Championship, played at Beedles Lake last week.

Imogen, who plays at Rutland County Golf Club, shot 75 on day one and 76 on day two, enough to win by a clear eight shots.

Elsewhere, County’s ladies had a fine away draw at Greetham Valley thanks to a 3 and 2 win from Carole Westcott and Michelle Powell and a tigerish 1-up win from skipper Bridget Yardley and Meg Tasker. Mandy Collins and Trish Clarke lost 5 and 4, and Jenny Cobb and Kathy Horner lost 6 and 5.

Ladies captain, Bridget celebrated her captain’s Day in style on a rare dry and sunny day with a good turnout from the club’s ladies.

Newly crowned Leicestershire girls champ, Imogen collected a stack of prizes for the best Stableford score of 36 points, nearest pin on the 17th and nearest pin second shot on the 12th. Michelle Powell was second on countback with 36 points, Trish Clarke third on 34s.

Despite having claimed she played badly, Ann Shuttleworth also took three prizes – first in the putting competition with 31 putts (just pipping Jenny Cobb on countback), then for the best front nine (20 points), and nearest the pin on the 13th.

Pat Wright nailed her tee shot on the 4th for another nearest pin. Carole Westcott shot 19 pts for the best back nine.

l DESPITE personally losing 2 and 1 with Martyn Gatehouse, and the team only claiming a half point in their first three games at Greetham Valley, Dave Rippin’s B team posted an impressive 3½-2½ victory.

The last three games were won 2 and 1 by Chris Palmer and Mike Powell, 2 and 1 by Jordan Paylor and Phil Drury, and an impressive 5 and 4 win from Pete Siciliano and Kev Moxham. Andy Vernon and Josh Paylor halved, Deggie Palmer and Gerry McIntyre lost 2 and 1.

Remarkably the story was the same with the C team’s home game against Oundle – another 3½-2½ scoreline secured by three wins in the final three games.

Results: Kev Moxham and Alan Shuttleworth won 4 and 3, Barry Cheshire and Gerry McIntyre won 2 and 1, Ian Dimbleby and Martyn Gatehouse won 6 and 5, Chris Palmer and Steve Lowe lost 2 and 1, Jordan Paylor and Phil Drury halved, David Whitehouse and Dave Rippin lost 1 down.

l COUNTY’S Seniors Today’s held their July Medal competition last week with 62 seniors taking to the fairways.

Results: Division 1 - 1st with a net 68, Gerry Webb; 2nd Barry Malthouse (net 72); 3rd Keith Barratt (net 73). Division 2 - 1st Rip Kirby (net 74); 2nd Roy Armitage (net 78); 3rd Mike Reynolds (net 78).

The seniors drew 4-4 with Greetham Valley.

Results (County names only supplied): S Picton/R Taylor won 3 & 1; J Rudin/J Chatburn won 2 & 1; T Loomes/B Pearson lost 3 & 2; J Mason/A Dethick half; K Barratt/J Phipps half; R Elliott/I Barron lost 1 down; R Jenkins/A Garner lost 4 & 3; D Wray/D Wilson won 3 & 2. Kevin Whittle and Ted Leighton beat Alan Weedon and Joe Smith in the Seniors Doubles Knockout result.

Stewart Picton beat Barry Malthouse in the singles competition.

First in the 2 from 3 competition, with a miserly 72 points, were Alan Kydd, Geoff Emery and Phil Cuttle.

Stoke Rochford GC

STOKE Rochford Seniors lost 5½-4½ to Belton Park last week.

Results: Mike Dickinson & Chris Woof lost 6 & 5; Mick Rance & Richard Leverett won 2 up; Don Werner & Ken Taylor lost 4 & 2; Fred Bellingall & Mike Graves, won 3 & 1; Philip Varley & Wilf Stephenson won 2 up; Malcolm Rose & Alan Jessop halved; Keith Eddy & Joe Kime won 5 & 4; Clive Watson & Tim Haward lost 1 down; Ernie Armstrong & Ray Elsome lost 1 down; Cliff Mills & Malcolm Edwards lost 1 down.

Ray Smith won the fourth round of the Stoke Seniors Trophy with 38 points. Brian White was second on 37, and Alan Church third with 36.

With two rounds remaining, joint overall leaders are Trevor Harvey and Ron Kent on 107, ahead of Keith Eddy and Ken Taylor on 105 with another four players on 104.