Nerves of steel see French into fi­nale

Bath Chronicle - - SPORT -

Mal­colm French was taken all the way by a fight­ing Bath Ap­proach KO Cup semi-fi­nal per­for­mance from Den­nis Crom­bie, but still kept his triple hopes alive by win­ning on the last hole to reach the show­piece. French’s im­mac­u­late play on the front nine se­cured a two-hole lead at the turn. Two birdies on the back nine helped French re­tain his lead and, al­though Crom­bie halved the deficit with one hole to play, French halved the 18th for a great vic­tory. A su­perb front nine holes by Alas­dair Camp­bell helped him to a stu­pen­dous win over Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­onship chaser Brian Wood­ford, leav­ing Wood­ford with one more match to ob­tain the two points nec­es­sary to take the ti­tle. Ge­orge Thurston im­proved his chances of re­main­ing in the di­vi­sion with a hard-fought win over Sue Nor­ris, who had al­ready en­sured her sta­tus. Mal­colm French kept his ti­tle hopes alive with a com­fort­able win over Reg Mor­ris, with no an­swer to French’s fine ap­proach play. Favourite Nick Parker made cer­tain of the Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle by win­ning a close con­test against veteran Dave Fere­bee, who never gave up the fight. Parker was in out­stand­ing form on the front nine, go­ing four up af­ter six holes, but Fere­bee held on well to be three down at the turn. Fere­bee held firm at the start of the back nine and re­duced Parker’s lead to two with four to play, but Parker achieved a hard earned vic­tory by win­ning the fi­nal two holes. Colin Gam­lin kept in reach of tak­ing the run­ner-up po­si­tion with an even­tu­ally com­fort­able win over Dave Fere­bee, whose brave come­back was to no avail come the 16th. Brian Allen con­tin­ued his im­proved form to gain a fine win over the for­mi­da­ble John Vowles; his progress up the table was brought to a sur­pris­ing halt. Tiger Lewis’s sav­age start led to a con­vinc­ing vic­tory over the ob­du­rate Brian Lam­bern, who made life dif­fi­cult for Tiger on the back nine. Gra­ham What­ley couldn’t match his hero­ics of last week, but moved away from the table bot­tom by gain­ing a nar­row win over Craig Jones. ■ LANS­DOWN The Masters Tro­phy for sin­gle fig­ure hand­i­cap­pers was de­cided on count­back as Ken Mad­den edged out Paul Bowker and Tony Gough when all three play­ers shot nett 70. On the same day the hon­ours in the Frankcom Tro­phy went to Rich Crowley’s nett 65, which put him just one shot clear of Ian Carter, while third went to Paul Ec­cle­ston with 67 on count­back from Mal­colm Payne. The Mixed Open Green­somes was a close af­fair – Dave Whyte and Laura Leach played their round with Si­mon Har­ris and Tr­ish Ritchie – the teams were level stand­ing on the 18th tee and it took a 20-foot par putt from Leach to se­cure vic­tory by one point as they came in with 45. In third place and just one point adrift were Kevin and He­len Gould. The Ladies Cup was won by Ritchie, putting her just one point ahead of Jo Fran­cis-pope, while the lat­est ladies’ medal had a clear win­ner in Teg­wen Hopkins, six shots clear of the field. Sec­ond went to Les­ley Hart with nett 73, with Di Bar­well third on 76. On the same day the nine-hole com­pe­ti­tion was won by Val God­win (17) just one ahead of Pam Crain. Club cap­tain John But­ler won the past cap­tains’ away day at St­inch­combe Hill on 37 with Ken Raw­cliffe sec­ond with 34 points and cap­tain elect, Mike Burt, third on 32. In a fan­tas­tic demon­stra­tion of his sup­port for the club Joe Long, who is play­ing for Eng­land this week, took his place in the Texas Scram­ble at the week­end and, per­haps not sur­pris­ingly, his team of Chris Lewis, Rob Jenk­ins and Stu­art Davies were the clear win­ners with a nett 51.7. Sec­ond went to Barry Frayling, Steve Mad­di­son, Dom Gra­ham and Rich Iles with a nett 56.6, which placed them just ahead of Martin Cog­gins play­ing with Garry Bur­rows, David Baker and Pete Darby. ■ BATH Jess Hays won the Un­der18 Cham­pi­onship at the South West Ladies’ and Girls Cham­pi­onships, held over 36 holes at Broad­stone Golf Club in Dorset. She shot a com­bined gross score of 154 – 8-over com­bined – and also fin­ished in a cred­itable sixth place for the over­all cham­pi­onship. The Mixed Up Cup was ini­ti­ated by Carol Eng­land, whose idea it was to have a mixed event with the play­ing part­ners drawn out of the hat to split up the reg­u­lar pair­ings. Fast greens and fine weather pro­duced ex­cel­lent scores. 40 points from Charles Dono­van and cur­rent lady cap­tain Deb­o­rah Mcar­dle and 41 points from Alex Menezes and Eng­land her­self were, how­ever, not quite enough to take a prize. On 41 points with a bet­ter back nine, Bar­rie Lus­combe and Rachel Aust claimed third, Rus­sell Wake­field and Liz Bloor, cour­tesy of a very strong back nine (24 points) to sup­port their score of 41 points, took sec­ond, but lead­ing the way and win­ning the tro­phy were Stan Frith and Honor Jones with a splen­did 42. In Bath Golf Club’s Ladies Sec­tion, 37 play­ers com­peted in a medal com­pe­ti­tion for the Mcgre­gor Prize. The win­ner in Di­vi­sion 1 was Jo Jo­liffe, with a su­per score of nett 71, three un­der par. In sec­ond place was Mag­gie Tonge (74). Lead­ing the way in Di­vi­sion 2 was Linda Mchugh’s 73, with An­gela Tren­chard tak­ing sec­ond place on count­back. Di­vi­sion 3 saw an­other count­back sep­a­rate win­ner Sue Mowat from sec­ond-placed Louise Williamson, with both play­ers scor­ing 72.

PIC­TURE: Paul Gil­lis

■ RUGBY Stothert & Pitt make a tackle on Nailsea & Back­well, a pre­sea­son friendly they won com­fort­ably 47-27. See page 51 for more lo­cal rugby re­ports and pho­tos.

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