28th Sep, 2020

Maggie and Dawn capture renowned Martland trophies

Liam Moakes 12th Jun, 2018

LADIES’ captain Maggie McDivitt and partner Dawn Cannon carded an impressive 70 nett to win Broadway Golf Club’s Martland trophies, which were donated in 1975 by former member Tilly Martland.

The better ball contest was drawn for partners, with one higher and one lower handicap player teaming up. There was a cool and damp start to the day but, with the weather soon improving and the course in fabulous condition, good scores were certainly within reach.

Runners-up were Pat Beaman and Trish Trahar with 71 nett, leaving Veronica Rudd and Ange Sollis third with 72.

THE FOLLOWING day Broadway opened its doors for the John Freeman Open – a popular competition which provides entrants with the opportunity to play for the esteemed trophy, presented by the club in 2002 in celebration of the 40 years the now late John Freeman spent as club professional.

A packed field turned out to play in the mixed greensomes stableford with participants from all corners of the country.

In fine conditions, the winning team was grandfather and granddaughter pairing Arthur Gray and Emma Whiteley with a magnificent 39 points.

Whiteley had travelled from Huntercombe Golf Club in Henley-on-Thames to play with Gray (captain at Broadway in 1987) and both were delighted to receive the prestigious trophy for the second year running.

A close second with an excellent 38 points were Broadway’s Ian and Judith Noyce, whilst Andy and Barbara Babbage, who were visiting from Lilley Brook, achieved a worthy third on countback.

HISTORY was made at Broadway as two members each achieved a hole in one on the same day.

The first was made by Geoff Hands as he played with fellow members of the Friday afternoon ‘POETS’ fiddle as he aced the par three eighth hole.

The second was achieved by junior captain Scott Davis whilst he competed in a knockout match. Davis had taken his drive on the par four 15th and, showing all his youthful agility, hit the ball into the distance up over the trees and disappearing from sight.

As both Davis and opponent Warren McDivitt approached the green, neither had any idea where his ball had gone until McDivitt checked in the hole to find the ball.

It was an incredible albatross as the ball had travelled some 280 yards uphill from the tee. Both Hands and Davis were delighted to celebrate their achievements back in the clubhouse with drinks all round.

THE JUNIORS were out in force to compete in the Roy Cumper Cup, donated by the man himself in his year as club captain in 1990 for the best individual stableford score on the day.

James Sutherland brought in an outstanding 42 points to earn the trophy, with Ambrose Eaves second with an excellent 39. Jackson Wojahn-Parker was third with 39 points on countback, with William Jones fourth with 36.

TO COMPLETE a week of superb golfing, the men contested the Founders Cup. Presented in 1925, the trophy was donated in memory of Broadway Golf Club’s founder Dr C T Standring.

With fairways running superbly and greens playing perfectly, there were high expectations of some low nett scores in the singles strokeplay contest.

Paul Evans topped the leaderboard with a fine 66 nett, Brian Lawrence was one shot behind with 67 and Matt Magee third with 69.

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