Sumner and Ulph take French titles

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Twenty tourists from Buckingham Golf Club left the UK last Sunday for three days of team and individual competitions in France.

Undeterred by the horrific forecast, day one saw a texas scramble with Geoff Robb, Paul Flello, Jenny Gibson and Lyn Talbot shooting a nett 57.5 to take the honours.

On day two, the players drove north to Dieppe to play the attractive headland course with glorious views of the Channel. In the team stableford, scores were calculated as the best two nett scores on par 5s, best three scores on par 4s and all four to count on par 3s. The team of Vic Otter, Alasdair Gibson, Kerry Sumner and Carole Flello combined splendidly to win with 116 points, five clear of John Price, Tim Lenihan, Brenda Otter and Liz Harris-Ulph.

It was a pairs, better-ball competition on day three, which saw the Gibsons triumph with an excellent 42 points, while three points back Vic Otter and Carol Mitchell edged out two other pairs to take second spot.

The individual competitions – based on Stableford points gained on days two and three – saw tight finishes. In the men’s event, the top two players both finished on 69 points, with Tony Ulph regaining his title, while John Price missed out on countback for the second year running. In the ladies’ event, Kerry Sumner’s 69 points took the title by three from Jenny Gibson.

Back in England, 78 men entered a midweek medal that produced good scoring and a tight finish as John Lowing beat Scott Parker on countback after both shot a nett 65.

The following day Oliver Clarke was at it again as he won the junior Stableford with 44 points, putting him four clear of Huw Pearson.

In the ladies’ EWGA Medal, played over two days, Kaye Mater led the way with a nett 67 with Kerry Sumner second.

On Sunday, in a field of almost 100 men, Evan Bett recorded the best nett score with a magnificent 65 to win Division One, while Alan Lidgely and Richard Harper came out on top in Division Two and Three respectively.

The ladies continued the club’s 100 year celebrations with a centenary stableford competition which was won by Liz Harris-Ulph with 38 points from Mo Dawson (37) and Pam Rowett (36). The men had two matches, winning away to Radley 5-2 in the Central Sevens League and losing narrowly at home in a friendly against Whiteleaf by 2.5-3.5.

In the continuing series of Dr Stableford competitions, Lee Thorne won on countback from Jason Kerrison.