When company research director Mark Vincent was looking for a solution to a lack of consistency in his golf shots, he found the answer in the palm of his hands.
For after a couple of lessons with Leighton Buzzard’s top club professional Maurice Campbell, Mark made a modest adjustment to the way he grips his club – and has since won four trophy competitions.
Mark, 59, a member of the Leighton club for the past ten years, won Graham Freer’s Captains Day with an impressive 43 points haul, carded 41 points to win the Sandhouse Beefeater trophy at West Herts; won Colin Aitken’s Sandhouse Captain’s Cup at Northampton with 40 points and was crowned Sandhouse 2022 champion with an aggregate three-round total of 123 points
Says Mark: “I really am indebted to Maurice for getting my game in order. It’s all very well someone telling you what you have to do, but because he films, records and replays the tuition sessions, it’s easier to digest and learn how to improve. Changes to the way I grip the club have really made my play from tee to green more consistent, reducing the shots I take and improving my handicap.”
Mark, research director with an engineering company, will now be Sandhouse Captain for the five-match 2023 Series, with Colin Aitken President.
* Retired quantity surveyor Nicholas Brown, 70, carded 44 points to win Leighton Buzzard’s Austen Farrell Trophy for senior golfers, In his first major trophy win in the 40 years as a member of the Leighton club, Bletchley-based beat 80 other competitors , with national newspaper sub-editor Mike Smith runner-up a shot adrift. Steve Richardson was third on countback after finishing with 41 points along with Peter Gadsden.
* Peter Burgoyne has only yards to walk from his home to the first tee at the Leighton courses, but he warmed up well before carding 41 points to win the Midweek stableford with 41 points, pipping Paul Ahmet on countback on ther last nine holes. David Sweetnam was third with 39 points, a shot clear of Martin Flynn, with Chris Newnham heading a chasing with 37 points.
* Adam Waite carded a nett 64 to win Leighton’s October Medal, beating Barry Witherden by a shot, with Billy O’Neill third with a nett 67.