Teenager takes am­a­teur ti­tle at hick­ory golf tour­na­ment HICK­ORY GOLF

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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