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Four trophies have been won in competitions at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road golf club –  with a rare ‘eagle’ landing the coveted Captains Cup for vehicle repair specialist Derek Shaw and architect Mark Knight.
Derek and Mark were late qualifiers for the 13-team final determined over seven weekends, but carded 45 points to beat Tony Brinded and Craig Custance by a shot, with John Mckay and Tim Mitchell third with 41 points.
The trophy winning score was boosted on the Par 3 14th hole after Mark, 53,  secured three points with a par, only for 21-handicapper Derek, 60, to hole out in two for four points.
Said Derek: “That made a massive difference to our score and re-energised us for the last four holes.” .
[] John David won Leighton’s 75th Anniversary trophy for Division One golfers with an impressive 41 points, beating Paul Ellam and Simon Light by a shot. Ed Stephenson headed a chasing pack with 39 points.
[]The 50th Anniversary trophy for Division Two golfers was won by George Mills with 42  points, four clear of Shaun Cavanagh, Dave Embury and Russell Cohen who finished in that order with 38 points.
[] Anthony Cooper, Craig Custance, Lewes Greene and Zac Nash teamed up to win Leighton’s Millennium Texas scramble with an impressive 50 points, a shot clear of John Ager, Peter Gadsden, Andrew Money and Barry Wills and Simon Allder, Paul Cheval, Neil Hubber and Alan Sawyer
[] Seniors Captain Andy McDonald and club vice Captain Tim Mitchell got Leighton off to a flying start in their inter-club match against Beds & County, won 5-1 with two matches halved.  David Hawkins and David Miles, Roy Virgee and Derek Read, David Sweetnam and Martin Flynn and Chris Figg and Barry Nappin followed with wins for Leighton, with Terry Lingham and Ian Rimmer and Paul Bishop and Keith Griffiths halving their matches.
But the winning streak ended with a 4-3 defeat at South Beds, with skipper McDonald and Peter Gadsden, John Clavey and Terry Lingham and Paul Bishop and David Sweetnam returning winning cards for Leighton and Graham Pellow and Keith Griffiths halving their match.
There was even worse to follow as the Leighton squad returned from playing The Bedfordshire, with only handy skipper Andy and John Clavey carding the only Leighton win in eight matches.
One of the most sought-after trophies at the Leighton club has been won by a grandmother at her second attempt.
Twenty-four ladies with “blood line” grandchildren competed in the “Grannies Salver” event  won by Sylvia Dell with an impressive nett 66 four years after the birth of the first of her four grandchildren, though she is step-grandmother to ten others.
Sylvia is pictured receiving the Salver from Ladies Vice Captain Oonagh Russell, who was runner-up with a nett 73, a shot clear of Rosalind Miles.
A competition for non-grannies was won by Stephanie Howlett, pipping Carolyn Chamberlain on countback after both finished with nett 78, a shot clear of Michelle Plummer, while a nine-hole competition was won by  Jane Parry with 23 points, three clear of Val J Smith and Virginia Gillett.