Dyrham de­light

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IVAN LENDL, Pat Cash, Ste­fan Ed­berg, Bjorn Borg, Roger Fed­erer. That’s quite an il­lus­tri­ous group that Noah Ru­bin has joined. An A-list cast.

In­deed young Noah punched well above his weight at SW19, over­com­ing all the odds to win the big prize in the Ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion. He was just ace.

He played more games than his ri­vals, with his 7-6, 7-6 vic­tory over big-serv­ing Tim Van Ri­jthoven, on In­de­pen­dence Day, giv­ing him the be­lief that he could go all the way as the un­seeded Dutch­man had taken down Rus­sian no. 1 An­drey Rublev.

With no Amer­i­can man or woman reach­ing the fourth round of the Wim­ble­don main draws, Ru­bin was one of three US star­lets to reach the semi-fi­nals in the Boys com­pe­ti­tion which point to a po­ten­tial resur­gence for the once dom­i­nant na­tion of world ten­nis. He said: “It’s pretty re­ward­ing, but it’s a lot of sac­ri­fice.”

His par­ents have agreed, sort of, on his fu­ture path – to keep play­ing ten­nis and see just how far he can go, but to go to col­lege as well. That’s al­ways been the mil­lion dol­lar sce­nario for the top Jewish sport­ing talent, both home and away. But the prizes at stake if you go all the way to the top would cer­tainly make it a gam­ble worth tak­ing.

Laeti­tia Beck is an­other shoot­ing star. I met her just over two years ago and liked what I saw. She told me then about her as­pi­ra­tions of com­pet­ing in Rio. It was much more than a pipe dream and she has taken her game to an­other level since. Her de­vel­op­ment is some­thing very spe­cial for Is­raeli golf.

Good things come to those who wait. And the wait­ing is fi­nally over for Dyrham Park who are still cel­e­brat­ing their first Glancy Tro­phy suc­cess. The re­cent sign­ings of Michael Charles, Stephen Schindler, Josh Davis and Ricky Cur­tis helped them break their duck and I just love Leon Moss’s line – com­par­ing them to the “Manch­ester City of Jewish golf”.

A big thank you goes out to ev­ery­one who made me feel so wel­come at the South Manch­ester Sports awards the other day. Not many am­a­teur clubs last 65 years and their ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers are an ex­am­ple to us all.

Jonny Davis claims they are “stronger than ever” and un­der the watch­ful eye of Paul Kirkham, who Davis told me “takes no pris­on­ers,” I ex­pect them to go from strength to strength on the pitch next sea­son.

Ex­cite­ment is build­ing af­ter Mac­cabi GB re­ceived a spe­cial in­vi­ta­tion to send a del­e­ga­tion to Pan Amer­i­can Mac­cabi Games in San­ti­ago next year. Daniel Collins said: “The level of Jewish sport across GB is con­stantly im­prov­ing and this event will give us an­other chance to mea­sure our­selves against the best.” Email dcaro@thejc.com and/or fol­low Danny on Twit­ter:@dj­caro

GOLF Dyrham Park were toast­ing Glancy Tro­phy suc­cess for the first time af­ter sweep­ing the board at the 76th an­nual tour­na­ment in Liver­pool.

Win­ners of The Met­ro­pol­i­tan a fort­night ago, Dyrham won the 18-team com­pe­ti­tion that fea­tured the top play­ers from the Jewish Golf Clubs and So­ci­eties in the UK and Ire­land.

Dyrham’s Leon Moss de­scribed the vic­tory at Lee Park as “a phenom­e­nal achieve­ment”.

He said: “As you get older, these op­por­tu­ni­ties get fewer and fewer so it’s re­ally spe­cial when you win it.

“It’s an amaz­ing feel­ing and some people are now call­ing us the Manch­ester City of Jewish golf.”

Af­ter a wet fi­nal prac­tice day, the weather im­proved for the four­somes el­e­ment of the com­pe­ti­tion. Al­though not long, the course asked many ques­tions of the play­ers and the best an­swer was pro­vided by Mar­shall New­man and Ian Brill of Leeds Golf So­ci­ety. Their gross score of 73 earned them the Coombe Hill tro­phy. Louis Leven­son and Paul Freed­man of WAGOS re­turned a net score of 67 to take home the White­field Cup.

In the team com­pe­ti­tion, Dyrham Park won the aptly named Dyrham Park Tro­phy for the ag­gre­gate of the low­est three gross scores out of four in the four­somes.

Sun­day again saw good weather, with the threat­ened rain hold­ing off un­til the last player had com­pleted. Glancy Tro­phy stal­wart Stephen Schindler of Dyrham won the Harts­bourne Cup for the low­est gross round, re­turn­ing a score of 73.

Paul Si­mon of Dun­ham For­est reg­is­tered the same score but lost a card play­off, tak­ing home Glas­gow Tro­phy for the run­ner-up.

Si­mon was also un­lucky in the net com­pe­ti­tion as his score of 68 was matched by Jer­rard Win­ter of North West Lon­don GS, with Win­ter tak­ing the Pot­ters Bar Bowl on a card play­off. Paul col­lected the Sus­sex Cup as run­ner-up.

The main fo­cus of the weekend is the com­pe­ti­tion for Glancy Tro­phy, awarded to the team re­turn­ing the six low­est gross scores in the sin­gles com­bined with the three low­est gross scores in the four­somes. Dyrham, on their re­turn to the com­pe­ti­tion, were vic­to­ri­ous for the first time and took home the pres­ti­gious tro­phy. A team led by Anthony Co­hen, who at 47 is be­lieved to be the club’s youngest ever cap­tain, also fea­tured Richard Gor­don, Joel Shields, Trevor Steele, Michael Charles, Josh Davis, Ricky Cur­tis and Leon Moss. They also claimed the Ed­mon­stown Cup for the best net score.

People are now call­ing us the Man City of Jewish golf

Leeds Golf So­ci­ety, the 2012 win­ners, were run­ners-up in the gross and were re­warded with the Shirley Tro­phy whilst WAGOS fin­ished sec­ond in the net com­pe­ti­tion to se­cure the Abridge Cup.

An AJGCS spokesman said: “The com­pe­ti­tion is the high­light of our golf­ing cal­en­dar and de­spite the broad­en­ing of the mem­ber­ship of his­tor­i­cally pre­dom­i­nantly Jewish clubs, the enthusiasm for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event has been grow­ing in the past three years.”

Next year’s Glancy Tro­phy will be held at Bon­ny­ton in Glas­gow.

PHOTO: MARK OBSTFELD

Michael Charles helped Dyrham clean up at the Glancy Tro­phy

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