Christopher and Julia’s Tod triumphs

Chris Redmond, left, receives his prize from John Fowler
Chris Redmond, left, receives his prize from John Fowler

The final men’s major of the season at Todmorden Golf Club took place over the last two Saturdays and Christopher Redmond was easy winner of the President’s Prize.

In spite of high winds on the first Saturday and heavy rain last Saturday, many of the competitors had good scores.

Redmond scored 38 and 37 and he received his prize and the shield from President John Fowler in the clubhouse last Saturday evening.

Runner up with a score of 32 and 37 was Glen Duckworth, from Warren Duckworth with 32 and 36.

The best nett on the first day was new member Stephen Randolph Rogers with 35 points and Michael Barnes’ took second with 30 points.

Nearest the pins on the seventh and 16th were Eddie Orlinski and Simon Hemmington and then Peter Bailey and Michael Shackleton.

A rare hole in one was scored on the fifth last Saturday by ex-Captain and President John Hodson with a six iron. he treated all members to a glass of whiskey.

The last two qualifying rounds for the Silver Rabbit, a major completion played over the full season by players handicapped 16 and over, have been on the last two Sundays.

Mike Sparkes (nett 73) and Scott Noakes (nett 74) showed the way on August 31 and Peter Borders (nett 74) and Alan Murray (nett 78) last Sunday.

The Open stroke winner, for players not eligible for the Silver Rabbit, was Simon Hemmington with a nett 72.

Julia White has won the Helen Gray Trophy at Todmorden GC for a fourth time.

She had to give Jill Keogh nine shots in an extremely exciting final. Julia was four holes up at the turn but Jill put up a great fight, taking the contest to the 17th hole before being forced to concede defeat.

The remaining ladies played a stableford alongside the final. Lady Captain Janet Topham won after a card play off from Gill Neely, both having scored 34 points.

The Lady Captain’s day out at Ellesmere Golf Club was a great success. The winning team in the Texas Scramble comprised Edna Snook, Irena Brown and Shirley Cook.

Janet Topman also won the September medal, on countback. She scored a nett 68 playing off 21. Alison Barker shot 83 playing off 15. Both reduced their handicap by one.

Todmorden Golf Club is seeking new members. Contact the club on 01706 812986 for information. The bar and clubhouse are open to the public.