HEREFORDSHIRE Golf Club member Ady Marshall was crowned winner Shropshire & Herefordshire County Golf held their Amateur Championship.

Bridgnorth Golf Club held the prestigious tournament where 55 players took part from across the region.

With scores of 70+69-139 gross Marshall was this year’s champion winning the Hereford Times Bowl.

The Cognac Team Competition was held at Kington GC with 22 clubs and two Shropshire Herefordshire Union Golf Club teams taking part.

The home team used their local knowledge to score 93 points to win the trophy. Market Drayton finished second place with 87pts pushing the Shrewsbury club into third place on back 9.

The annual Ross Golf Club Men's Singles Open was first introduced at the Gorsley based Club in 2009 when 76 entrants took part and just 50 per cent were visitors.

Such is the popularity of the course that a record 129 played in the 2023 event with just nine members from the home Club. 

Some 18 holes of medal play were competed over with prizes at stake for best gross and net handicap performances which proved challenging for players in both categories.

The recent glorious spell of warm weather meant that it was not easy to stay on the courses tight tree-lined fairways.

Getting the better of the gross 72 standing proved beyond the top players with Liam Williams who plays off +1 from Burghill Valley Golf Club finishing at the top of the final score sheet with a gross 73.

Williams, who used to play at the Ross Club, was miles ahead of his nearest challengers who were Jon Holyfield and Jonathan Ryan both from Green Meadow GC and home players Jason Bolton who all carded gross 77 score cards followed by Ross Jenkins with a gross 78.

While first place in the net handicap division went to home player, Phil Andrews who only joined the Ross Club a few months ago.

His gross 85, net 70 score represented a major achievement and follows his recent success in being runner-up in the Ross Seniors second round Layton Cup in which 134 players took part.

Andrews was quick to pay tribute to the coaching received from Zach Galliford, Welsh Amateur Champion in 2016, who is part of the Ross Club's highly valued Tim Hall School of Golf PGA coaching team which also includes James Dobbs and Jay Decloedt.

Chris Lee of the Gloucester Golf Club and Ross member Shaun Sturge both matched Andrews’ net 70 score and were prize-winners but missed out on the top spot through count-back.