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Harry is National Skills Challenge champion


Nine-year-old Harry West is the under-8 National Skills Challenge Champion 2010.

He picked up the title – a short game based competition run by the English Golf Union – at the home of English Golf at Woodhall Spa at the weekend.

Following a busy 2009, playing in the World Championships in San Diego and other international tournaments, it was decided West would take it a bit easier on the national and international front this year. However, he was determined to do well in the skills challenge competition.

A member of Calcot, West was offered a scholarship at the Castle Royle club via his county coach Rob Watts who is their head pro and so Castle Royle is now his “home club”. This year he has obtained a handicap of 28 off the men’s tees.

During the regional qualifying rounds he recorded the second highest score nationally in his age group and won the regional final at Chesfield Downs GC.

In the final at Woodhall Spa, he started solidly in the putting, but moved in front on the four other finalists in the bunker and pitching challenges with a near faultless display.

He had a slight hiccup in the chipping section but went into the last round (long game) two points in front and, under pressure, achieved maximum points to clinch the trophy.

Home club members Debbie Sullivan (23hcp) and Dave Wyeth jnr (3hcp) captured the Wellington Hall Trophy nett prize on Sunday with 73½+66½=140.

Calcot’s Sefia Rahim (18hcp) and Jeff Turnbull (5hcp) recorded 71½+69½=141 for runner-up spot with Henley’s Justine Voss (5hcp) and David Voss (10hcp) third on 71½+71½=143.

Fourth were Chris Green (6hcp) and Ron Grinham (13hcp) 68½+74½=143, also from Calcot Park,

First scratch winners were Tracy Crew and Roger Wells (Reading) 85+78=163, ahead of Jocelyn Longworth and Derek Brown (Henley) 86+79=165.

First am nett winners with 72 were Muriel Quinsac and Richard Fenn (Henley)

First pm nett winners with 72.5 were Tracy and Keith Payton (Drayton Park)

The competition was named after William Wellington Hall, who established WW Hall Builders Merchants in Reading. Mr Hall was a long standing member in the early years of Calcot Park.

Wyeth following up his Sunday success by shooting his best round for three years in the Monday medal. However, his 67-net 63 was still not good enough to win, that honour went to Pat Mckay (16hcp) with a net 62.


A titanic fight in the September Midweek Medal resulted in 13 players beating standard scratch, with only five nett strokes separating them.

Mike Spensley 74/62 took the decision on countback ahead of Hugh Lockett 81/62, despite the latter scoring two birdies in the last three holes.

Third place also went to countback with Tanveer Abbas 78/63 gaining the nod over Paul Druce 82/63.

James Shin (10hcp) returned 73 to record the best gross score.

Nine players recorded 2s with Spensley getting a two on both the sixth and eighth holes.

Wokefield Park

Carlo Alexander and Ian Rennie sank the putts they needed on the 17th hole to bring home yet another victory for the Rest of the World against England in the annual Ryder Cup-style International at Wokefield Park on Saturday.

Teeing off against England’s Mike and Peter Davies as the 17th match in 20, other results already posted meant that Alexander and Rennie were able to take the glory with their 2up victory.

Later results rubbed it in for England as the Rest of the World finally romped home 11½-8½.

The two captains, England’s Andy Yarrow and RoW’s Clairmonte Gaskin were the first out in a singles match, and the honours were shared in a halved match.

This established the closeness of the tournament as the competition swung one way then the other as the day progressed.

The RoW took an early lead with wins for the pairings of Noel McElligott/Ralph Davis and Carl Corbin/Chris Barney. The lead was added to with victories from Syd Patel/Steve Smith and Jacquie Ingram/Sally Porter, but England showed that they were there to make a game of it with a 5&4 win by Luke Thorpe and Richard Maynard, ably supported by winning performances from Ken Deeks/Paul Cocks and youngsters James Cooper/Adam Cave.

An early highlight of the day came in the Patel/Smith match against Deborah Cave and Becky Dowell, with Dowell hitting a hole-in-one on the par 3 17th – the first ever hole-in-one for this very promising young golfer.

However, a thumping RoW 6&5 win for Tony Stanley and Ricardo Grosvenor, and a victory for Richard Bullock/Steve Waller reminded England that their opponents were not about to lie down.

The matches between England’s Chris Miller/Paul Howell and John Mann/Dave Sullivan, and between Leigh Wells/Ray Goodridge and Neal Stanley/Dave Slevin, were both halved, keeping the competition close.

England’s hopes continued to rise as Archie Ingram/Stuart Ford beat Dave Cooper/Karen Clark 4&3 and this was swiftly followed by a win for Martin Honor/John Guest over Paul Morgan and Ben Mann.

But the Rest of the World were not to be denied a fifth consecutive victory with wins for Ian Doherty/Lang Zhu, Edwin Ifill/Colin Moir and Alistair Cole/Tony Hardiman finally swinging the competition in their favour.

Despite valiant last gasp efforts from Stephen Hunt and Richard Porter, who had the biggest win of the day 7&5 over Paul Doherty and Eddie Fitzgerald, and from England’s vice captain Jon Sturgess who beat his counterpart Chris Browne 5&4 in the last match, it was the Rest of the World who savoured victory.

The RoW team, made up of players from all over the world – including Scotland, Wales, Ireland, South Africa, Canada and the Caribbean – now lead the series 7-4.

After the match, Rest of the World skipper Gaskin said: “Every year England expects. But, every year it’s the Rest of the World that delivers.”


The New Year’s Trophy – the annual curtain raiser to the new season – postponed earlier in the year, finally took place last Saturday.

The five-month delay didn’t dampen spirits. However, as the all-day contest got underway a lucky few made the most of the better playing conditions as rain once again threatened to interrupt proceedings.

Long-serving member Fred Coleman scored 41 points to take the top prize with Ken Wade runner-up, a point behind on countback from Montse Rabato.

Barbara Hutchinson won the ladies’ September Division 1 medal with 90/69.

Second was Julie Rumsby 92/71 with third place going to Ros Cranville 100/72.

Division 2 winner was Lin Harris 105/72. Ann Keep 110/74 claimed runner-up spot and Gill Allen 111/75 was third.

Caversham Heath

The ladies’ friendly derby match against Mapledurham ladies was decided by the final pairing.

With the scores all square the home side’s final pairing of Sheila Evans and Angie Adamson won their match 4&3 to gain the overall win.

A field of 26 ladies took part in the BCLGA Tournament Cup last weekend.

Lynne Rumbold (Caversham Heath) took the honours with 38 points. Runner-up was Jodie Morris (Easthampstead) with 32 points on countback from her team-mates Ishbel Thomson and Nicky Weekes.

Sue Parcell (30hcp) beat Lynne Rumbold (18hcp) in the ladies summer knockout. It was a close match, decided on the last hole.


Countback decided the Seniors Division 1 Stableford with Ron Davies (18hcp) topping the list from Alan Baxter (9hcp), both on 41 points.

Third place was taken by Fred Freeman (19hcp) on 37 points.

And countback was also needed to separate the top two ladies in the Silver Ball Flag competition.

Linda Hargreaves (90/76) took the spoils with Karen Hampton (97/76) in second place.

June Francis (91/77) finished third.

The ladies’ September Medal honours went to Carol Gray 103/72

Three shots further back was Lesley Head 101/75 with Anne Overin 104/79 a further four shots behind.

Chris Reeves stormed to 79/70 to win the David Jacobs Trophy for juniors.

Michael Prince 80/72 was second, while Daniel Ginn 87/73 took third place on countback from Matt Lee 81/73.

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