Kelly wins Veterans’ Centenary Trophy

THREE major competitions were played at Royston Golf Club last week.

John Kelly won the Veterans’ Centenary Trophy on Friday after scoring 38 stableford points to pip Paul Davey by a point.

Both the Men’s and Ladies’ competitions were played on Sunday. The 15 qualifiers from the previous month’s Men’s Medal played the final round in beautiful conditions and with the greens playing exceptionally fast, scoring was never going to be easy.

Four-handicapper Darren Thompson, who earlier this year won the Hastings Cup, returned a nett 70 to lead the field, but was eventually beaten by Paul Lewis, who has been in the form of his life recently. Lewis birdied the last to finish the only player below par with a nett 69.

Immediate past Ladies’ captain, Alice Lewis, won the Ladies’ event with a magnificent nett 69 to equal her son’s earlier score and victory despite double bogeying the last hole. Sarah Buckerfield and Mary Wilson were joint second.

Mark Crowley produced an excellent round of golf to win Division 2 of the Men’s Medal. His nett 63 was an astonishing score and gave him a five-shot cushion over second placed Martin Pendrick. John Smith was the only other player to beat his handicap with a 69.

In Division 1, Mark Bonnet took the spoils with a 67 to fend off Pete Prentice and Tony Baker who both finished with 69.

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Scratch team player, Pete Rutter, won the Saturday Stableford and qualified to play in the PGA National ProAm with Club Professional Sean Clark. The pair will tee off at the Hadley Wood qualifying round on the September 1, aiming to win the event and go to the national final in Las Vegas. Ray Sammons and Charlie Fidler also recorded 40 points but missed out on countback.

Meanwhile Mike Lawrence won the Senior Captain’s Putter with a 37 ahead of John Galloway (37) and Eddie Collins (36).