Maureen makes most of weather to land lady’s title

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John and Janet Wightman were blessed with nice weather for their Captains’ Weekend (at least until Sunday morning) – and Maureen Eglon made the most of the benign conditions to win the Lady Captain’s prize on Friday with 71 nett.

Mandy Coates was runner-up with 73 and Barbara Knaggs had the best gross of 87.

In the men’s competition on Saturday, Simon Walker won the Captain’s Prize with nett 62 gross 67, by far his best round of the year.

Chris Pennock won Division One with 63 from Mark Kerr on 64 and Dean Bennett on 65. Dan Craig won Division Two with 64, from Tony Orton on 66 and Mel Purvis on 67.

The weekend finished off with the Mixed Fourball Betterball Stableford on Sunday, and this was won by last year’s captains Richard and Karen Marshall with 42 points. Kevin Barker and Kate Bradley were second, and third place was taken by Jem Cockerill and Jennifer Ratcliffe.

Earlier in the week, Colin Rutland won the King Edward Coronation Cup with 2 up against the card, with Mike Storr just one hole behind. Graham Harper, Peter Easton and Richard Brown were all square, and John Carter and Dave Upton were 1 down.

This weekend there has been a change to arrangements on Saturday with the planned Charity Texas Scramble changed to running all day with the usual starting sheet instead of the planned shotgun start.

Please book your time on the sheet in the locker room.

The Preston Cup is on Sunday, the ladies play for the Silver Vase on Tuesday, there is a Midweek Stableford on Wednesday and the seniors play for the Sliver Salver on Thursday.

Tony’s Tip: by the time you read this it will be the second day of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.

The last time this event was played there we were treated to a masterclass in course management by Tiger Woods as he won easily. As you watch this week try to spot the way that players choose what club to play from the tee to leave themselves the best, possibly the safest shot into the green.

They certainly won’t always hit the driver. Watch too how they get out of trouble.

All of this can be brought into your own game to help you score better. Your brain should be the best club in your bag as long as you use it.