National glory for the all-conquering Little Hay ladies

The Little Hay ladies won the 2015 NAPGC Ladies' National Club Team Scratch Championship
The Little Hay ladies won the 2015 NAPGC Ladies' National Club Team Scratch Championship

The Little Hay ladies have added to their impressive list of honours by winning the 2015 NAPGC Ladies’ National Club Team Scratch Championship – the JHB Cup.

Chris Marsden, Elaine Meagher and Linda Reeve battled day-long heavy rain and strong winds to win the tournament held at Thornbury Golf Club in Gloustershire.

A total of 19 teams from 11 clubs qualified but Little Hay Ladies won the JHB Scratch Cup by a clear nine shots.

Elsewhere, on the same day, Phil Joslin and Trish Joslin won the Stocks Mixed Open, scoring 38 points for a three-point winning margin.

On Wednesday, the Juniors’ Medal was won by Hayden Bunce with an amazing nett 62. Craig Walker was second with nett 72 and Emma Shepherd third with nett 74.

In the weekend medals, there were two under-par gross scores; Elaine Meagher scored a one-under-par gross 72 to win the Business Ladies’ (BL) August Medal with nett 65.

Ben Hopkinson scored a gross 71 (one-under-par) to come second in Division One of the Men’s August Medal with nett 65.

As well as Ben’s score there were several other excellent scores recorded during the competition; the best of which was the nett 64 of Ian Ellborough who won Division One, with John Leahy in third place with nett 68.

Division Two was won by Ivan Lawrence with nett 64. Bo Ho was second with nett 65 and Brian Ridgeway third with nett 67.

In the ladies’ section, the Basildon Bond Rosewbowl was won by Linda Cusick with 41 points. Chris Marsden was second with 36 points on count-back ahead of Pauline Manning.

On Saturday, the Business Ladies’ August Medal saw Linda Reeve finish second to Elaine Meagher with nett 68. Hee-Young Crowhurst was next with nett 70.

Joseph takes title on Herts Futures Tour

A former junior member of Berkhamsted Golf Club took the Division Two gross title at the Herts Futures Tour event played over the 9 hole course at The Shire London.

Joseph Hardy’s score was an impressive 41, just 11 over par. Along with 22 of the 80 participants, his Futures Tour handicap will now be cut for the next event.

In Division One, Little Hay’s Harry Miller continued his hot streak as he finished nett runner-up to nett winner Sebastian Knowlman from West Herts Golf Club. Another West Herts junior, Jake Passingham, was nett runner-up in Division Two.

Isabella Brunskill, from Whipsnade Park Golf Club, was again honoured for a birdie 2, as were Matthew Stott and Redbourn’s George Smith.

The futures tour moves on to Chesfield Downs next, as the county’s young players continue to test their skills on the par 3 courses of Hertfordshire.

The Futures Tour is sponsored by Lexus Hatfield, for children aged 12 and under. It is part of Hertfordshire Golf’s playing and coaching junior pathway, with 90 youngsters regularly taking part.