Clements on top in Legion charity tussle

PUBLISHED: 16:48 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 15:43 11 May 2010

COLIN Clements won the Royal British Legion Charity Stableford at Royston on Saturday, but was pushed all the way by Jonathan Osler. Clements, a 20-handicapper, played two steady halves of 21 and 22 points and as a result, has seen his handicap trimmed t

COLIN Clements won the Royal British Legion Charity Stableford at Royston on Saturday, but was pushed all the way by Jonathan Osler.

Clements, a 20-handicapper, played two steady halves of 21 and 22 points and as a result, has seen his handicap trimmed to 17.

Osler got away to a poor start, amassing only six points in his opening four holes, but came back strongly.

The three-handicapper then started an amazing run of four consecutive birdies.

His homeward nine holes was only spoiled by not scoring on the 11th hole, but he did take away the consolation of having four twos on his card, the last of which was at the par 4 on the 18th.

Playing partners Arthur Brennan and David Neale were tied for third on 39 points, while Paula Offer won the ladies section with a fine score of 40 points, six points ahead of Kath Caunce.

Mark Rogers won Division One of the men's medal on Sunday, and also took the best scratch prize.

The two-handicapper had identical nines of 34, to score a net 66.

Close on his heels were fellow scratch team members, Olli Bance (71-3=68) and Robert Clark (70-2=68).

Bance took the runners-up spot and Clark was pipped for third spot on countback by Darren Dawson (73-5=68).

Division Two was won by the fast improving Martin Walker (90-24=66), who has seen his handicap reduced by another two shots.

Gary Noble was back to form for second place with a net 67, from his 17 handicap.

Third spot went to Taff Geraghty with a net 70.

Libby Toby impressed in the ladies stableford, winning by five points ahead of a trio of past captains, Joan Buckerfield, Sandra Williams, and Mary Wilson.

The Jock Stewart knockout team had a successful trip to Ramsey on Saturday, with the top pair of Steve Rogers and Chris Little coming up against some formidable opponents who played the last 11 holes of their foursomes match in just one over par.

Mial Walker and Darren Messenger won the middle match, and it was left to the final pair of vice captain Colin Swallow and Graham Toby to clinch victory with an emphatic five and three win. Royston will play either Barkway Park or March away in the next round.

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