LEIGHTON BUZZARD GOLF CLUB
PLANTATION ROAD, LEIGHTON BUZZARD, BEDS LU7 3JF
Reigning Junior champion Ed Stephenson is back on the winning trail, winning Leighton Buzzard golf club’s latest stableford competition with an impressive 41 points.
Former Vandyke student Ed, 18, playing off a handicap of two, carded his best performance of the year to beat more than 120 club colleagues – including dad Adrian who had to be content with seventh place after finishing with 37 points.
Ed is also a former club champion at Leighton and the first winner and holder of the Leighton-Linslade Sports Council Sporting Achiever award.
Runner-up was seasoned campaigner Shane Bentley with 39 points, a shot clear of Seniors Captain Ian Rimmer who beat the ever-improving Chris Hawkins on countback after both finished with 38 points.
Other leading scores and order of finishing were: 37pts – Andrew Reinker, Gareth Mccready, Adrian Stephenson; 36 pts – Dharm Naveen Diwaker, Jon Dymock, Graham Goodge, Brian G Wilson, Richard Harris; 35pts – John Latimer, Peter Morgan, Dean Ashton, Graeme Foster, Will Sampson, Graham Westlake-Tritton.
Brian Newman won the Leighton-based Coleford Society Trophy with 114 points, two clear of runner-up Will Koch with David Vaughan taking third place with 111 points. The longest drive was won by Chris Read and nearest-the-pin awards were won by Derek Richards, Tony Koch, Steve Baines and Tommy Thorne. Chris Jones won the GD Trophy and Mick Francis the Charlie Wood trophy.
Former Captains at the Plantation Road club turned out in force for their respective annual “Past Captains” competition.
The Club Captains event was won by immediate past skipper Robbie John, whose 37 point haul beat Jeremy Taylor, Brian Carter and John Preston by a three point margin. With Simon Rossiters’ year as Captain being “rolled over” to 2021 as a result of playing restrictions due to the virus pandemic, Robbie will also be organising next year’s event.
The Ladies Captain event was won by Lindsey Arnell, who was Ladies Captain in 1998 and winner of the competition last year. Lindsey won the birdie-bisque event with a score of +6, a hole clear of 1994 Ladies Captain Val Brown. Current Ladies Captain Christine Rimmer, who will shortly be succeeded by Sandra Carter, will organise the 2021 event.
ON BOARD… Robbie John with his Past Captain’s trophy.