Clift takes top honours in rainy Scotland
(Above) Harewood Downs GC Seniors Open winners Glyn Williams and Tony Avery, with Harewood’s vice-captain Paul Vaughan in the centre; (right) Bob Clift (left) with captain Phil Blake BOB Clift emerged as the winner of the 49th annual Johnny Johnson Trophy after beating off the challenge of 31 other Harewood Downs golfers.
The tournament took place at both Castle Stuart, in Inverness, and at Nairn, and the Scottish weather proved to be typically skittish, with persistent rain and strong winds making Clift’s winning score of nett 75 all the more remarkable.
In such dire conditions, Tony Brazier and David Kapper also did well to shoot a nett 78 and 80 for second and third respectively.
Brazier also finished second in the Captain’s Prize, with David Aitken taking first place and pro player Geoff Morris settling for third, although all three finished with 32 points.
Brazier did finish first, however, along with partner Rob Crocker, in the John Lyon Trophy, despite tying on 40 points with second-place pair Geoff Naylor and Colin McBride, while Peter White and Simon Thornton (44) beat Ed McEwen and Ian Terry (43) by a single point to win The Choices.
Back at home and all dried out, Harewood Downs hosted its second Seniors’ Open, with a field of 80 contestants from 26 different clubs.
Glyn Williams and Tony Avery, from Burnham Beeches, won with a score of 40 points, with Ellesborough’s Richard Devas and Roger Lawson second on 38, and Porters Park’s Ranjit and Jas Arora third on 37.
There were two prizes for the host club, with Mike Oldham hitting the longest drive on the ninth hole and Tim Baldwin hitting nearest to the pin in two on the 14th, while nearest to the pin in one was Mentmore’s William McGregor on the 17th.
Elsewhere, the Ladies Weekend Medal was won by Julie Butterworth (nett 76) ahead of Helen Audaer (nett 79) and Kathy Fraser (nett 82), while Julie Blake and Lina McKenna (37pts) were victorious in the Ladies Misbourne Putter, with Therese Havard and Sue Naylor (33pts) second and Kathy Fraser and Lorrainne Marsh third (32pts).