25th Jun, 2017

Players come from far and wide for John Freeman Open

Liam Moakes 12th Jun, 2017

A PACKED field featuring players from all corners of the country flocked to Broadway Golf Club to contest the John Freeman Open.

The prestigious competition provides entrants with the opportunity to play for the esteemed trophy, presented by the club in 2002 in celebration of the 40 years the late John Freeman spent as club professional.

The Mixed Greensomes Stableford was played in better weather than expected following the torrential rain of the previous day and clear winners with 41 points were grandfather and granddaughter pairing Arthur Gray and Emma Whiteley.

Whiteley had travelled from Huntercombe GC in Henley-on-Thames to play with Gray, who was captain at Broadway in 1987, and both were delighted to have been part of such a special day for the club.

Runners-up with 38 points were Broadway’s Phil Smith and his partner Jill Hopwood, who was visiting from Wallasey Golf Club.

Home team Jenny and Rod Brindley were third with 37 and Broadway ladies’ captain Brenda Corfield and partner Phil Bennett were fourth on countback.

BROADWAY’S ladies competed in the England Golf Trust Stableford at the weekend.

Despite dry conditions, there was still a tricky wind to contend with and Vicky Watkins did well to lead the field with 34 points.

Pauline O’Hagan was second with 33 and Frances Friend third with 31.

The following day, 90 Broadway men enjoyed their Stanley Bowl competition.

The trophy was donated by Mrs L Stanley, who had been a member at Broadway before the Second World War and had then given the award in 1964 in memory of her son.

The course continued to provide first-rate conditions for play, as was ably demonstrated by Noel Hughes who won the trophy with a tremendous 41 points.

Ian Weatherhead was second with 40 and Rob Lord and Ray Cordes finished third and fourth respectively with 38 points.