Duo take victory in Buckingham Golf Club Mixed Open

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The forecast showers held off on Sunday as Buckingham Golf Club held its annual Mixed Open, with 44 couples from 15 different clubs entering the popular event.

In a better-ball Stableford competition, Neville Onan-Reid (Woburn) and Jayne Nicholls (Buckingham) took the honours with an excellent 41 points.

Second place went to Peter Perry and Paula Teckkam from Staverton Park on 40, with Martin and Denis Charlton from Studleywood a further point behind.

Nearest-the-pin prizes went to John Russell (Knighton), Catherine Chandler (Badgemoor Park), Chris Haseman (The Bedford) and Linda Hartley (Aspley Guise).

The previous day saw Andy Ballard lead home the 97 starters to win round 15 of the Dr Stableford Cup with 42 points.

That put him one point clear of David Oswald, who edged out Howard Gordon and David Carr on countback for second place.

Meanwhile, the juniors were enjoying their summer holidays as they played in several competitions. Jack Roberts shot an excellent 10-under handicap to earn himself a two stroke cut in his playing handicap, as he won a competition at Reading Golf Club.

Elsewhere, Gus Davidson came second in the BBO Junior championship played at The Buckinghamshire.

In the third round of the Southern Matchplay competition, Evan Bett and Gus Davidson had an exciting match against a pair from Ashridge and Burnham. The pair were three down on the 14th hole but fought back to all-square on the 17th, only to lose the match on the 18th.

In the internal Junior Stableford there were some excellent scores, with Evan Bett winning on countback with 40 points from Ed Selby-Lowndes, while Gus Davidson took third place on countback from Ben Jenks and Ben Richards, each scoring 36 points.

In the midweek medal, 67 members took part and scoring was excellent, as 21 competitors played to handicap or better. Selby-Lowndes shot 64 to take the honours, one stroke clear of Dallaway.

Mary Clarke won the Ladies’ Cygnet Trophy with 33 points, putting her one point clear of Bernie Howe. Five ladies – Delcie Francis, Lyn Talbot, Jo Gower, Helen Bateman and Yvonne Kemp – scored 30 points, with Francis taking third place on countback. Diane Hofman won the midweek stableford with 38 points.

In the August Monthly Medal, youngster Pam Rowett topped Division One with a nett 70, edging out Moira Williams on countback. Diane Hofman continued her good form with a nett 71, while four ladies – Helen Bateman, Janine Stirrat, Elaine Harrison and Pat Ellis – all carded a nett 73. In Division Two, the scoring was even lower and another youngster, Lyn Talbot, took the honours with a nett 68.

The following day saw the men and juniors team up in a Stableford Greensomes competition. Father-and-son combination, Steve and Ollie Clarke, retained their trophy with an excellent 42 points. That put them just one clear of Vic Otter and Ed Selby-Lowndes with another father-and-son combination, Ian and Evan Bett, a further point back.