Buckingham men making flying start

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Buckingham’s men got their season off to a flying start with a 6-0 win over Chiltern Forest.

However, the match was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested, with four of the Buckingham pairs securing the narrowest of victories, one-up, on the final green. The performance of the day came from Dominic O’Kelly, as he hit five birdies to help centenary club captain, Peer West, secure a resounding 4&2 win.

The ladies had mixed fortunes in their inter-club matches and competitions, with Fiona Robb and Joy Thorne winning their second round fixture in the Daily Mail Foursomes, but Bernie Howe and Elaine Harrison lost in the final of the Bucks Ladies’ Winter Foursomes.

The Bronze Scratch team, captained by Liz Harris-Ulph, made a fine start to their season, winning all three matches against Burnham Beeches.

The Brackley Septcentenary Cup was a tight affair as Columb Harrington won on countback from Mark Horsler and Jason Kerrison. The midweek Stableford was more clear cut as veteran Bob Berry won by three points.

The weekend saw rounds seven and eight of the Dr Stableford Cup. On Saturday, Neil Caldwell, playing off five, scored 42 points to beat Peter Reimer on countback, while John Field secured victory on Sunday.

Meanwhile, 13 pairs entered the L A Marsh Mixed Greensomes, the first of the season’s mixed competitions. Rhona and Alf Sayers won the title for a third time, edging out Pam and Julian Rowett on countback. The entry fees raised funds for Cancer Research UK.