Charley claims an historic second at English Champs

Stoneleigh Deer Park’s Tom Charley made history by becoming the first golfer from the county to finish in the top two of the English Boys’ Under-14 Open Amateur Strokeplay Championship - The Reid Trophy.

The event at North Hants GC in Hampshire attracted a field of 144 players, with players from across UK being joined by golfers from Colombia, Finland, France, Spain, Switzerland and the US.

Charley scored consistently over the first two days to card successive rounds of 72 and make the cut for the final day.

A further round of 72 left him in second, five shots behindFrench youngster Antoine Kuoch, whose final-round 211 left him one over par for the tournament.

Niklas Lacroix, also from France, was third on 218.

Charley’s handicap has now dropped from five to 3.5, with his fine performance also earning him exemptions for the North of England Under-16 Championship at the end of the month and next year’s McGregor Under-16 Championship.

Will Smith aced the third hole on the way to victory in the Avon Timber Par 3 Championship.

Smith had a gross score of 26 for the nine-hole event.

Harrison Brown Trophy: 1, Paul Quinn, Barry Griffin, Mike Drummond and Karl Andrews (96pts, on countback); 2, Gavin Bottrell, Carl Elkerton, John Corcoran and Jan Grzegorczyk (96pts); 3, Alistair Cochrane, Grant Cochrane, Justin Trotman and Tom Bell (95pts).

Ladies’ Par 3 Three Clubs and a Putter competition: Division One: 1, Chris Wilkes (34 gross ); 2, Jenny Pitts (36 gross). Division Two: 1, Pat Sayers (39 gross); 2, Lily Meston (40 gross). Nearest the pin on 5th hole: Barbara Burton.

Midweek Stableford: 1, Mark Woolerton (43pts); 2, Norman Moorhead (41pts); 3, Luke Challis (40pts).

Ladies’ Stableford: 1, Teresa Wright (39pts, on countback); 2, Kully Wain (39pts); 3, Barbara Kenny (39pts). Nearest the pin on the 9th: Julie Jennings. Nearest the pin on the 15th: Joan Collingbourne.

Stags Stableford: 1, Bernie Ray (45pts); 2, Nigel Palmer (44pts); 3, Barry McVeigh (44pts). Over-70s: 1, Peter Jamieson (39pts).

More than 50 Leamington and County Golf Club ladies travelled to Rothley Park Golf Club in Leicestershire for their annual lady captain’s away day, organised by Gill Thorpe.

The winning team on the day was Sandy Hudson, Tina Bruder and Daphne Smith.

Pauline Hayes, Jane Doble and Sue Watkins were runners-up, with Maggie Schofield, Lynda James and Nancy Williamson in third.

Leamington & County’s annual competition for couples, the Dunmow Cup, was won by Ed and Margaret Wilson with 41 stableford points.

Darren Partridge led the field at Peter Easterlow’s Captain’s Day and collected the Badger Cup as a reward for scoring 76-11-65

Leamington & County’s recent charity week raised £11,340, which was split between Dogs for the Disabled and Myton Hospice.

Monthly Medal and McDonald Qualifier: Silver Division: 1, Gill Thorpe; 2, Liz Munton; 3, Tina Bruder. Bronze Division: 1, Carol Robbins; 2, Kath Howell; 3, Nancy Williamson. Copper Division: 1, Sally Gascoyne; 2, Rosie Skilbeck; 3, Maralyn Brown.

McDonald Trophy qualifiers: Munton, Robbins and Howell.

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