Barham pleased to retain Tour card
TENTERDEN-based Benn Barham has secured his European Tour card for next season after finishing his season with a 58th place finish at the Castello Masters in Spain.
The 32-year-old took home a cheque for 5,600 euros, in a tournament won by Spanish star Sergio Garcia, writes Alex Birch.
“I’ve had an up and down season,” Barham said. “Ultimately it’s good that I’ve got my card for next season because it means another year’s work.
“I’ve had some really good results, like my third position in Russia and my fourth in Wales but I’ve been a bit inconsistent and I missed too many cuts.
“That can be the difference between finishing 90th in the Order of Merit and where I eventually finished (110th).”
The Ashford-born player will now take 10 weeks off as he awaits the birth of his first child, before beginning another year on the Tour in January.
ETCHINGHILL’S juniors will take on the club’s seniors on Saturday in their annual challenge match, as the club celebrates a successful year at both levels.
The juniors won the East Kent Junior League title and the Junior East Kent Jamboree, while the seniors, including Paul Billings, Kane Saunders, Dan Porter, Richard Jones, Paul Hawkins, Tom Hay, Elliot Brown, Mike Bristow, Trevor Thompson and Chris Lock were runners-up to Chestfield in the East Kent Cup at Canterbury. 36 points. Howie had more luck when she and nephew Alan Provan won the Mixed Invitation with 39 points from Barbara Burchell and Adam Wade.
Ann Day and Peter Woodgate came third on 36 points. Shell Foster and John Fletcher won the front nine with 19 points.
TERRY EADY consolidated his second place in the Tenterden Order of Merit by winning the Saturday Medal ahead of Mark Fermor and Mike Vickery.
Steve Brignall won on Sunday with a score of 66. Ricky Jeffrey was second on countback and David Welsh was third with 67. SUE NORMAN (h13) won the Fermor won the Saturday October Stableford and Lady Stableford, beating Paul President’s Prize at Ashford Sheering on countback after with 39 points. Shell Foster both players scored 37 points. (h20) was second in the Silver Andy Featherstone was two Division on 36 points. points back in third.
Margaret Olsen (h27) won the Nigel Dixon won the Sunday Bronze Division with 37 points, Stableford with 40 points, ahead of Kay McKie (h23), who ahead of Eady and Jeffrey. was second on countback from Ray Farrar leads the way Neta Howie (h24). Both scored after five events in Tenterden Vets’ Medal and Eclectic competition. Farrar had a net 56, closely followed by Mike Boughton and Tom Potts.
Hugh Nation defied the frosty conditions to win the Medal with a net 66. Alan Woodcock finished two shots behind in second and Derek Boon was third.
CHART HILLS Golf Club are offering five-day memberships for just £106 a month, with no joining fee, a saving of £1,000.
Those signing up will also receive more than £500 of green fees at Dale Hill (Kent), Sandford Springs (Hampshire) and The Oxfordshire.
To take advantage of the offer you must be one of the first 20 new members who apply before November 30.
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Benn Barham, who has retained his European Tour Card