September 26th, 2016

Rushworth claims Summer Challenge trophies

Rushworth claims Summer Challenge trophies Rushworth claims Summer Challenge trophies
Jim Rushworth is presented with his Summer Challenge trophies by seniors captain David Rimell.

A STUNNING display from seven-handicapper Jim Rushworth saw him win both of the Summer Challenge trophies when 94 senior golfers from The Vale took to the course at Bishampton for this annual event.

This was a yellow tee medal event with two trophies at stake, for the best gross score and the best nett score.

Rushworth’s gross score was one over the par 74 for the International Course, with a nett score of 68.

The nearest runners-up, claiming shares of the prize money, were Bob Foster, Steve Kirby, Brian Sidaway, John Bragg, Mike Hird, Mike Roberts, Ray Jakeman, Les Cosnett and Brian Brumhead.

There were four winners in the Two’s competition – Foster, Ron Andrews, John Turner and John Davis.

THE VALE seniors team were beaten 5-3 at Stratford Oaks. Early wins for David Rimell and Mike Roberts, Roger Hawes and David Aylesbury, and Mick Heard and Tony Perryman gave The Vale team a 3-1 lead, but the home side finished stronger with four straight wins, all in close matches.

THE SECOND of four seniors open competitions – an AM/AM – was held at Bishampton on a perfect summer day. With 160 competitors, including 100 from clubs other than the hosts, some 25 clubs from around the region were represented.

With the course in beautiful condition with fast greens, there was some high Stableford scoring.

Early pace-setters were the experienced Vale grouping of Rob Sharp, Jim Rushworth, Tony Hampson and Ron Andrews, who set a target of 90 points for the rest of the field and led for most of the day.

As a very late starting group, Vale members Mick Heard, Martin Holland, Mick Lewis and Mike Roberts posted an impressive 91 points to take second place, but it was a visiting team which claimed the main prize.

The fourball of Graham Bilsland, Stewart Fairweather (both Stonebridge), Andrew Mangrett (Ansty) and Fred Sommers (Burton-on-Trent) came home in the late afternoon with 92 points to conclude a successful event in which both the course and the post-round catering received much praise from all the visiting players.

There were 11 winners of the Two’s competition, while the winners of Nearest the Pin were Allan Murdoch (Leamington) and Gerry Clayton (The Vale).

There are two remaining senior open competitions at The Vale this summer. A Pairs Open will be held on July 27 and a Mixed AM will take place on September 7.

Only a few places remain for both events and details can be found on the website at www.thevalegolf.co.uk.

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