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Sophie Price wins Ross Golf Club's Blake Cup at just 13 years of age
2:00pm Wednesday 15th August 2012 in Golf
THIRTEEN-year-old Sophie Price belied her age with a mature performance to win the Ross GC Gordon Blake Cup which has been contested since 1908.
The rules of the competition dictated that Price had to forego her junior handicap of 43 and play off 36 but the teenager shrugged off that setback to shoot a remarkable seven-under-par round to record a winning score of 66 nett.
Price, who has been playing golf since she was six, chipped in for a par four on the 18th and sank a long putt on the par-five eighth for a birdie.
Sheila Curtis shot a 72 nett to finish runner-up in the 66-strong field with Julia Wilde, also with a 72, third on countback.
Over-70s ladies’ gross competition: 1 Jean Ovens 94 gross.
Ladies’ open am-am: 1 Pat Aprile and Belinda Rouse (Stratford Oaks GC), Jo Fisher and Val King (Redditch GC) 88 pts.
Men’s Collins Flag Tropy and third Club Championship qualifier winner: Tim Wyatt; Division 1: 1 Tim Wyatt 77-12-65, 2 Colin Bennion 70 nett, 3 Paul Jones, James Heath 71; Division 2: 1 Brian Bethell 69 nett, 2 Peter James 69, 3 Stuart Jones.
Seniors’ Layton Cup, fifth round: 1 David Peacock 45 pts, 2 Peter Shaw 44, 3 Gordon Brigg 43, Gerald Turner 42; competition leaders: 1 Richard Topping 119 pts, 2 Gearal Turner 117, Michael Phillips 115.
Trevor Lane knock-out, semifinal draw: Richard Topping v Geoff Baker, Ian Caves v Robin Henderson-Pugh.
Ross Seniors’ scratch team for over-55s reached the third round of the Gloucestershire Seniors Salver with a 2-1 home win over Knowle GC. Doug Duncanson and Brian Prosser (1 up) and Gwynne Morgan and Colin Bennion (2 and 1) won their matches while Clarkson Barclay and Tim Rigden suffered and 2 and 1 loss.
Ross have beaten Newport GC in the 29th staging of the competition to retain the annual DragonTrophy.
In the away match at Rogerstone, Neil Lancett and Richard Brough (1 up), Gwynne Morgan and Dave Hart (7 and 5) and Tim Wyatt and Dave Gardner (4 and 3) secured wins to complete a 3-3 draw, following on from a Ross win in the home leg earlier in the season.
Ò Grove GC, ladies’ par competition: 1 Jane Stott 2 up, 2 Bridget Halpern 1 up, 3 Jane Luffman all square.
Nine-hole Badger competition: 1 Cynthia Fenn.
Ò Herefordshire GC, seniors’ section pairs’ better ball competition: 1 George Field and Tim Townsend 44 pts, 2 Norman Sockett and Colin King 40 on cb, 3 Paul Roberts and Dick Tubman 40.
Ò Belmont GC: Daily Mail Foursome: 1 Stewart Thomson and Paul Bufton 69 nett, 2 Rob Harfoot and Len Andrews 71, 3 Ray Snead and Elwyn Hamer 72.
Seniors’ section, Stableford: 1 Terry Thomas 36 pts, 2 Dennis Pritchard 35, 3 Robin Smith 31.
Angus McLean Shield: 1 Ian Caves 69 nett, 2 Barry Norton 70, 3 Percy Bristow 71.
Ò Hereford Lions Club’s annual charity golf tournament was won by a team of MOD policemen, Mark Sandford, Dex Murgatroyd, Stuart Humphries and Eamonn Croft. Their score of 103 placed them at the head of the 103 teams taking part.
The ladies’ prize was won by Vicky Howells, Sharon Helps, Helen Green and Heather Burley who completed a competition hat-trick.
Ò Cradoc GC, midweek stableford: 1 Allan Phillips 40 pts, 2 Derek Osborne 38, 3 Les Gwynne 38.
Men’s stableford: 1 John Drain 40 pts, 2 Richard Westlake-Toms 39, 3 Stephen Like 37.
Cradoc Seniors were beaten 5-2 at Pontypool GC where the only winning pairs were Derek Lloyd and Roger Thornhill (5 and 4) and Roy Morgan and Graham Chamberlain (1 up).
Ò Burghill Valley GC, seniors’ stableford, Division 1: 1 Clive Shepherd 40 pts, 2 Chris Jones 38, 3 Dave Thomas 37; Division 2: 1 Mike Buffey 39, 2 David Bateman 37, 3 Gordon Johannson 34.
Men’s July Stableford, Division 1: 1 M Strangward 43 pts, 2 A Strain 41, 3 P Moses 39; Division 2: 1 R Pritchard 41 pts, 2 G MacGregor 41, 3 N Thomas 40; Division 3: 1 C Hole 46, 2 A Price 43, 3 R Doyle 41.
July Medal, Division 1 gross: 1 C Rose 74; Division 1 nett: 1 M Lewis 68, 2 N Williams 68, 3 B Fisher 69; Division 2 gross: 1 J Young 85; Division 2 nett: 1 D Horton 70, 2 A Jones 71, 3 E Crombie 72.
Ò South Herefordshire GC’s junior section champion is Niall Powell who fired rounds of 75 - five under his handicap - and 83. Ross Barnett won the nett championship.
Founders Cup: 1 Ray Baldwin 42 pts, 2 James Thornley 40, 3 David Barnard 37.
Men’s Open am-am: 1 Matt Humphries, Cino Paccagnini, Phil Henesey and Chris Grendall (South Herefordshire GC) 83 pts, 2 A Spary, D Brown, L Lane and S Tyer (Monmouth GC) 80; nearest the pin (two shots): Matt Humphries; nearest the pin: Darren Brown.
Ò Shropshire and Herefordshire Union of Golf Clubs’ county seniors side were beaten 15½-2½ by Worcestershire Seniors. The heavy defeat brought a run of four wins to an abrupt end.
Ò Leominster GC, Seniors open pairs: 1 Terry Carver and Mike Green (Leominster GC) 42 pts, 2 David Barnes (Wrekin) and John Cockcroft (Shifnal) 39 on cb, 3 Melvin Lea and Adrian Powell 39 on cb, 4 J Brown and B Soley (Cleeve Cloud) 39 on cb, 5 David O’Dowd and Dilwyn James 39; nearest the pin (sixth): Dilwyn James (Leominster); nearest the pin (14th): Tony Leney (Leominster); nearest the pin (18th): R Mason (Cleeve Cloud).
Ò Brecon and Radnor County Golf Union seniors were beaten 5-0 by Dyfed at Ashburnham GC in a match consisting of five matchplay pairs.
The county side were beaten 10.5- 4.5 by Herefordshire at Builth Wells where all the points came in the afternoon singles with victories for Tim Iveson, Gareth Jones, Mike Davies and Tom Davies