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Retired banker Lesley Bednarek has completed her year as Captain of the 100-strong Ladies section of Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road golf club, with successor Oonagh Russell being formally installed today (Tuesday, Nov 15) ) with a traditional “drive in” ceremony.
One of Lesley’s final acts was to present trophies and awards to the winners of 18 competitions held during her year in office – including two she won herself.
Pictured (left to right) are: Back – Liz Bagshaw (Buckmaster Salver); Joanna Cox (Captains Cup); Michelle Payne (Olive Wood trophy); Jill Nutkins (Kate Wright Celebration Cup); Stephanie Howlett (Handicap Cup and Senior Ladies Handicap); Front – Ros Miles (Championship Cup, Ladies Challenge Cup and Merit Award); Carmen White-Lawes ( Chris Gretton trophy and Lucking Cup); Sylvia Dell (Grannies Salver and Summer Foursomes); and Lesley Bednarek (Rosewear Bowl and Summer Foursomes.)
Other winners unable to attend were: Christine Robinson (Senior Ladies Champion); Sandra Carter (Croxford Cup); Joyce Young (Medal Cup) and Barbara Healey (Nine hole Merit award).
* Christine Purkiss carded 38 points to win Leighton Ladies stableford, two shots clear of runner-up Michelle Plummer, with Carolyn Chamberlain third with 35 points. Margaret Browning won the ladies nine-hole competition with 20 points, two clear of Barbara Deacon.
* Birdies and eagles are season-round targets for golfers….but turkeys are also now on the menu.
Peter and Josie Sheridan bagged the first winning Leighton’s Mixed stableford foursomes by a four shot margin. The former Mentmore duo carded an impressive 42 points to beat Charlie McNally and Anne Tilbury and Olivia Campbell and Ed Stephenson whose 38 points pipped Sue and John Preston by a shot.
Martin King won the Midweek turkey stableford with 39 points, a shot clear of Simon Rose, Paul Ahmet and Michael Birdseye.
Peter Gadsden carded 44 points to win the Saturday turkey Stableford six shots clear of Gary Reid and Richard Payne while Lee Ashberry had a super round, scoring 45 points to win the Sunday turkey, four shots clear of runner-up Matthew Lowe with  -1 handicap golfer Fraser Jamieson third with 39 points.
The oven-ready turkeys will be presented to the winners in the run-up to Christmas.