Cirencester Golf Club

GLOUCESTERSHIRE ladies, featuring Cirencester Golf Club junior captain Jess Brown, raced to back-to back victories in the annual English Women’s County Finals played at Delaware Forest in Cheshire last week.

Gloucestershire were winning the national title for the third time in the last four years and such was their dominance that they had secured the championship with a day to spare, after victories over Norfolk, Surrey, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire on each of the opening four days.

Gloucestershire captain Su Mallon had the luxury of using some of her less experienced team members on the final day and though they were denied a whitewash when going down 5-4 to Buckinghamshire, Cirencester’s Jess gained a fine singles victory on the final afternoon.

After the last singles matches, Mallon said: “The less-used players won and the ones we’d worn out earlier in the week didn’t.

“Yes, it was a brilliant day. We’re high and enjoying it all. The team just keep giving. They’re such a nice group of people. I’ve just loved being their captain.”

G&S PGA Medal.

REIGNING Gloucestershire and Somerset PGA champion Ed Goodwin of Cirencester began the defence of his Total Triumph-sponsored title in perfect style when winning the opening PGA Medal of the season in our region with a three-under par 66 at Brean Golf Club in North Somerset.

A superb 7-iron approach for a tap-in eagle on the par 5 18th – witnessed by the crowd gathered on the new Country Club balcony overlooking the green – secured Ed a two-shot victory and the winner’s prize money. The Cirencester pro also had three birdies in his round.

Midweek Medal

NINE straight pars on the back nine saw six-handicapper Tom Stone win the September Midweek Medal with his nett 68 last Tuesday.

He edged out Division One winner Lawrence Telling, who shot the same nett score off his 19 handicap.

Andy Bell and Tom Waller hit nett 69s to take third and fourth place respectively with Nick Brown (70) earning fifth, while Gerry Coetzee signed for the lowest gross of the day with his par 71 off scratch to finish sixth.

Gerry (9th hole) posted one of only two birdie twos recorded with George Peare gaining the other on the 11th.

Seniors’ section

Stinchcombe Hill 3 Cirencester 4

CIRENCESTER seniors completed their 2019 campaign with a fine 4-3 away victory at Stinchcombe Hill.

It meant that captain David Lowbridge’s team ended the season in credit thanks to 13 wins, six draws and 12 losses.

Glorious sunshine highlighted the stunning views and the breeze kept the players focussed.

With a two-tee start, the overall result was finely balanced until the final pairing came home.

Captain Lowbridge again led from the front when he and partner Clive Bennett posted a 5&4 success.

Other Cirencester wins came from Tony Killick & Alan Smith (3&2), and Keith Hodgson & Dave Allen (4&3), who brought home the clinching point.

Their were crucial halves from Gerry Bruton & back-to-fitness Howard Jones, along with Charles Reed & Martin Harrison.

Ladies’ section

Naunton Downs Invitation Day 4BBB

JANE MUNCER and her partner Penny Brazier came first in the invitation day better ball competition at Naunton Downs with a sparkling 43 points.

Kit Kat Cup

BLANCHE NEAL was the pick of the Cirencester representatives who competed in the Kit Kat Cup at Broadway Golf Club on Wednesday.

Blanche finished fifth overall and runner-up in the Silver Division, while Cirencester ladies’ captain Fiona Fyfe was sixth in same division One and 11th overall.

Jayne Worthington, Brenda Smith, Debbie Chesworth and Elaine Killick were the other Cirencester players who had made it through the qualifiers to line up among 110 finalists.

The speed and the undulations of the greens at Broadway proved the undoing of many a card.

Macmillan Cancer Support Spoon Stableford

THE previous day Blanche Neal had finished runner-up in the ladies’ weekly stableford, this time for Macmillan Cancer Support, with a splendid 39 points.

Jane Salter, on the same score, proved the overall winner thanks to a countback over the final nine holes.

Credit to Sheila Marsh who also posted 39 points.

The top of the leaderboard was completed by Jayne Worthington (37) and Angela Woodward (37) with Muriel Telling taking sixth place thanks to her solid 36 points.

Liz Anderson and Brenda Smith both had birdie twos on the day.

Just six ladies took the second opportunity of playing in the Macmillan stableford on Saturday, with four of them inseparable on 30 points.

Countback separated the winner Paddy Challens from the chasing pack of Elaine Killick, Karen Pracy-Jennings and Mary Dobson in that order.