HISTORY repeated itself when Charles Houlbrooke retained the Gordon Blake Challenge Cup at Ross-on-Wye with an identical score of nett 67.

Houlbrooke and division 2 winner David Griffiths will go forward to represent Ross in the Gloucestershire County Union Medal to be played later this year.

Gordon Blake Challenge Cup, division 1 (0-12): 1 Charles Houlbrooke 77-10-67, 2 David Sidnell 79-9-70, 3 Tom Walters 80-8-72; division 2 (13-28): 1 David Griffiths 85-14-71, 2 Terry Jarrett 90-18-72, 3 Chris Bullock 86-13-73.

n There was a close finish to the Captain's Bell at Belmont when Alex Phillips pipped Richard Lindsay on a card countback after both posted 40 stableford points.

Next were Tristan Dodd, 39, and Matthew Tweddell, 38.

Senior May medal, division 1 (0-16): 1 John Lewthwaite 82-14-68, 2 Phil Skyrme 80-9-71; division 2 (17-28): 1 Ron Fell 89-19-70, 2 Reg Hughes 98-28-70.

n Home teams took the top prizes in Leominster Seniors' Open Am-Am, with Bob Ingram, Phil Green, Dave Strangwood and John Morris beating club colleagues Brian Faulkner, Ed Jones, Derrick Jones and Rob Holloway on a card countback after both teams posted 93 points.

Sapey members Peter Clements, M Hemming, S Round and J Morley took third place with 87.

n Forty stableford points was a popular score at Herefordshire GC with three players on that mark in the May Mid-week medal.

Mid-week medal, division 1 (0-14): 1 Les Bond 40 pts, 2 Roy Joshua 40, 3 Roger Lane 39; division 2 (15-28): 1 Albert Sheffield 40, 2 Colin Morgan 39, 3 Bill Cullis 39.

The A team went down 5-1 at Ross, but the B team redressed the balance with a 3-2 home success over their Ross counterparts.

The Handicap League team drew 3-3 with Telford at Wormsley.

Senior captain Bob Bemand led his team to a resounding 6- home win over neighbours Burghill Valley.

n Summerhill duo Tom Starkey and George Pritchard booked their place in the semi-finals of the International Pairs competition and a trip to a top Scottish course when they beat off the challenge of 24 other pairs to earn their trip.

n An interesting team format produced a close finish at Kington. With the best score counting at the first six holes, the two best at the next six, and all three scores at the final six holes, brothers George and Geoff Smith teamed up with Ken Lewis to win with 84 stableford points.

Next were Ellis Wright, Mike Lloyd and Joe Pattison, 83, and Dave Herman, Doug Taylor and Peter Bruton, 80.

Senior three-man aggregate stableford: 1 Craig Mayo, Reg Burgoyne and Brian Betts 102 pts, 2 Dave Haley, Eddie Winstone and Bill Button 101, 3 Stan Arnold, Bill Eaton and Viv Weaver 98.

The Handicap League team crashed to a 5- defeat at Burghill Valley.

n Local knowledge proved valuable as Burghill Valley teams dominated in their Am-Am Open, the only exception being Dave Shuttleworth, from Hereford, who teamed up with home members Tony Smith, Dave Cox and Brian Lewis to post a winning 85 stableford points.

Results: 1 Dave Cox, Tony Smith, Brian Lewis and Dave Shuttleworth 85 pts, 2 Dave Morgan, John Barrett, Simon Gill and Scotty Davison 85, 3 Steve Lloyd, Adie Haines, Guy Haines and Barry Park 84, 4 Phil Harrison, Ed Morley, Ben Carter and Jon Devereux 84, 5 Darren Scragg, Richard Harris, Matt Smith and Chris Lewis 84.

Senior Five-club Trophy: 1 Bill Jones 39 pts, 2 Tom Moon 37, 3 Richard Corner 37.