Paul is the King of top Broadway event - The Evesham Observer

Paul is the King of top Broadway event

Evesham Editorial 27th Jun, 2017   0

IT HAS been an incredibly busy time at Broadway Golf Club and one of the recent highlights has been the Martyn Freeman Trophy – a competition introduced in 2016 in memory of the club’s wonderful professional who had passed away the previous year.

The competition was an individual Stableford and Martyn would have been delighted to see the tremendous turnout as 84 members stepped out to support.

With the weather set fair and the course playing superbly, the points were there to be made. Paul King was the winner of the prestigious trophy by taking full advantage of the favourable conditions to score a magnificent 43 points.

Ian McLaughlin and John Richmond battled it out for the next two positions with a superb 42 points, with McLaughlin clinching second on countback.

Barb Buggin became the ladies’ winner with a fabulous 36 points, ahead of Irene Hawkes in second place with 36 on countback and Bev Howard third with 34.

Jackson Wojahn-Parker won the junior event with an outstanding 49 points, leaving Keiran Nelhams second with an admirable 48 points and William Jones third with 46.

As well as being a member at Broadway, ladies’ runner-up Hawkes is also chair of Campden Area Home Nursing which is the charity the Freeman family had chosen to benefit from all proceeds from entry and donations on the day. A tremendous £350 was raised.

THE BUSY schedule continued with the ladies’ England Golf Medal. It was a hot day but the cooling breeze made playing conditions perfect as demonstrated by Silver Division’s Pat Righton with her impressive 72 nett to take top spot.

Frances Friend brought in an excellent 73 to earn second place ahead of Debbie Donoghue in third with 74.

Alison Hewitt claimed first place in Bronze Division with a brilliant 71 nett, leaving ladies’ vice-captain Maggie McDivitt second with 72 and Barb Buggin third with 73.

THE TEMPERATURES soared the following day for the Broadway Seniors Open, played on one of the hottest days of the year so far.

With almost 30 clubs participating, the field was packed with 98 keen golfers and, despite the tremendous heat, members and visitors alike commented on how splendidly the course was playing, providing them with some excellent scoring opportunities.

Broadway’s Jeremy Taylor made full use of home advantage to bring in his winning 42 points. Also playing at home was David Coleman who earned a close second with a superb 41, whilst visitor John Collins from Wharton Park GC achieved third on countback.

THE LADIES were out again at the weekend to compete in their Ping Fourball Betterball contest. The temperature had cooled considerably but playing conditions were still fabulous and Vicky Watkins and Judith Noyce showed fine form to bring in a tremendous 44 points to seal a conclusive lead.

Linda Carruthers and Liz Smith achieved a close second with a superb 42, ahead of Barb Buggin and Louise Folkes in third with 40.

The winners card will now go forward for qualification for the national finals later in the year.

TO COMPLETE a hectic week of fabulous golf, the juniors were busy competing in their Swain & Spoofers Cup.

The competition is a combination of the Mark Swain Trophy, which was donated to the junior section by Ted Swain in 1983 in memory of his son Mark who had been one of Broadway’s talented junior members, and the Spoofers Cup which was donated in 1990 by the members of the Friday afternoon ‘spoofers fiddle’.

All competing juniors did themselves proud and Jackson Wojahn-Parker earned top spot with an extraordinary 55 nett.

Hywel Gadsby-Evans achieved a commendable second with 56 nett and Sonny Nangle was third with 58.

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