ROSS-ON-WYE golfers recorded a piece of club history when they won Division One of the North Gloucestershire Foursomes League for the first time.

After winning the Division Two title last year the Gorsley-based Ross Golf Club were crowned Division One winners after winning six of their 10 matches throughout the summer.

The league has been in existence since 1955 and is represented by 16 golf club's from across Gloucestershire with teams split into three divisions.

Cirencester Golf Club were the runners-up after both teams scored 12 points each and the 'holes differential' decided the outcome in the Ross Club's favour.

Neil Lancett, manager of the Ross team, was quick to praise all 18 players for their commitment and support by taking part in this scratch foursomes match play format and he felt fortunate that he had been able to include in every match a competitive mix of youth and experience.

The team included three teenagers in Ross Juniors Captain, Liam Greig along with 16 years old Harry Griffiths and 2017 Men's Club Champion Cam Haines who all contributed with an impressive hat-full of match points.

Other stand out points scorers throughout 2018 have been Steve Wallbank, Warren Moore Jason Bolton, David Daniels, Robin Eckley, Tim Wyatt and Alistair Watkins.

Two weeks after this success the Ross team was in action again in the end of season North Glos Foursomes League Cup. Lancett's team were defending champions after defeating the host Club Minchinhampton 12 months ago by the narrowest of margins and history was to repeat itself this time at Stinchcombe Hills Golf Club.

Seven handicapper Danny Gear was third time lucky as he clinched victory in the fifth annual Huggett Putter annual knock-out event.

Throughout the summer 87 members from all sections have been taking part in the 18 holes putting knock-out competition culminating in a semi-finals and finals night.

Gear was a losing semi-finalist in 2015 and 2017.

In the first semi-final he faced the emotional challenge of defeating his golfing pal and 2018 Ernest Penn Cup winner Robin Henderson-Pugh.

The handicap differential meant that Henderson-Pugh started with a two holes up advantage.

In a good spirited encounter it was Gear who achieved his objective at the 17th hole to reach the final.

In the second semi-final 15-years-old Harry Griffiths was aiming to make it a Ross Juniors double after his Juniors Captain Liam Grieg captured the title last year and the teenager won through to the final.

The quality of putting in the final was worthy of the occasion and a perfect start saw the opening three holes decided by single putts.

In maintaining his composure and focus throughout Gear took the lead but Griffiths had a single putt on the 18th hole to take the match into some play-off holes but he narrowly missed.