RYMER IS A WORLD CHAMPION
Teenager takes amateur title at hickory golf tournament HICKORY GOLF
EASTCOTE men caused an upset to reach the second round of the England Hockey Trophy after a last-gasp win over Banbury on Sunday.
The MBBO Division One outfit managed to edge out their visitors from the league above thanks to Kevin Haigh’s heroics. A double from Alex Stobbart set the tone, before Haigh scored his first to make the score 3-3 at half-time.
Keeper Mark Welch pulled off a series of fine saves in the second period to keep the hosts level and as the clock ticked down, Haigh picked up a long pass, rounded the Banbury stopper before slotting home from a narrow angle.
That came 24 hours after Haigh netted twice in the 3-3 draw at Wycombe in MBBO Division One.
Haigh opened the scoring, before Wycombe hit back immediately from a short corner, but Eastcote looked in control as Alex Stobbart set up Haigh for his second and Richard Ripper added a third.
However, the visitors came undone in the second half and with two sin-bins, Wycombe hit back to grab a point.
The ladies lost 5-3 to Wayfarers in South Hockey League Division Two, despite a Helen Williams double and a goal from Clare Devereaux.
Elsewhere, a man of the match effort from Jamie Sadhuera could not save Old Merchant Taylors’ men from a 3-0 defeat against Oxford.
OMT Duchesses keeper Suzanne Emily battled on bravely after suffering an injury trying to stop the first goal against Chiswick fourths, but they went down 3-0,
Meanwhile, Old Uxonians’ Ladies’ winning run came to an end on Saturday when they fell to defeat against Hampstead and Westminster sixths 5-1.
Hampstead, the only remaining unbeaten team in Division Two, came storming back into the contest after an early goal from Robyn Goodwin had put Old Uxonians ahead.
Although the scores were tied at half-time, Hampstead romped to victory, with Uxonians’ player of the match being Anita John.
Rymer Smith, 19, a rising star at Buckinghamshire Golf Club, in Denham, triumphed in the amateur competition at the World Hickory Open at Carnoustie in Scotland.
It was an impressive achievement seeing as he has only been playing hickory golf, which sees players using pre-1945 wooden clubs and dressing in period clothing, for less than 12 months.
He found himself in exalted company too, with former Open and US Masters champion Sandy Lyle winning the pro competition.
Smith said: “I like learning about the history of the game. I played a game with the old clubs and enjoyed it, and I like dressing up in the plus fours too.
“It was a two round tournament, and I shot 72 and 76 to win. There were 126 players and I led the leaderboard overnight, ahead of even Sandy and all the other tour pros.
“I was playing alongside Sandy a lot of the time. I watched him and he watched me, and we had a chat. He was a nice fella and very down to earth.
“As far as regular golf goes, I am trying to become a pro myself. I am at the level where I can do it, but I want to do it in my best possible form, in the next two to three years. I want to play some more major amateur events first and get some more experience.”
Smith has now been invited to compete at the American Hickory Open in Philadelphia next May, but before that he will team up with his father once more to take part in the European Father and Son Championships, which began in Spain yesterday (Tuesday).
It was a tournament Rymer and his father, Joe Smith, won in 2011, but the pair have finished third in each year since – and they are determined to win the trophy back this year.
‘Gypsy’ Joe Smith is a former golf professional and one-time London junior champion himself, who was also once London’s bare knuckle boxing champion in a colourful sporting career. SHARKS’ Amelia Combes has been promoted to ladies kayak singles National Division Two, despite being just 12 years old.
The youngster, who started paddling with Hillingdon club Sharks last year, has earned multiple awards over the previous 12 months to earn the progression.
After competing in an entry level slalom at Islington, in which she won comfortably and earned promotion to Division Three, she received regular training and paddling to help boost her performances.
The promotion to Division Two came as a result of finishing in third place in a race hosted at Symonds Yat last week.
Club coach Neal Underwood said: “Amelia is amazing, she works hard and deserves the success,” he said.
n TRIUMPH: Amateur champion Rymer Smith with pro champion Sandy Lyle