Luc wins the Moore Stephens Trophy in tough conditions

Luc Affleck.
Luc Affleck.

The weekend at Greetham Valley saw the ever popular Moore Stephens Trophy, played in stroke play format, being fought out in fine conditions, but with a swirling wind that increased throughout the day.

With a field of more than 100, the Lakes course was in full use from 6.30am until late afternoon.

From a host of scores of 71, Steve Anderson took third place on countback with 71 (nett) thanks to a finishing birdie on the final hole.

Steve (9) played very steadily throughout his round, although he was undone by the wind conditions on the 16th.

Second place went to Neil Crees (9) with a fine score of 70 and, although he also struggled with the wind on the 16th, successive birdies on the back nine edged him into second place.

The overall winner, with 68 was Luc Affleck, who was cut from 16 to 14 following his excellent round.

Luc, like a lot of the players, ran into headwind problems on the 16th but his consistent putting, where he took only 29 putts over the 18 holes,took him to the top of the leaderboard.

The ladies also played for the Ladies’ Moore Stephens Trophy and, in their competition, Annie McCulloch took third spot with a nett 77.

Second place went to Izzy Haughton (15) with a score of 73 nett, and she would have finished on top spot if she had been able to keep her form over the last two holes.

With a remarkable start to her round Izzy only dropped six shots over the first 12 holes and was looking good for a top finish, but weakened towards the end.

For her efforts, Izzy’s handicap was reduced to 14.

The top finisher was Sue Brand (16) who scored a nett 72 and finished with a flourish when she parred the final hole.

Sue also had her handicap reduced by one for her day’s work.

The Gents’ Moore Stephens competition forms part of the Martin Boughton Summer Order of Merit, with results from 13 qualifiers being taken to identify the overall winner.

With 50 points being awarded for a win and decreasing points for lower positions there is always a fight for the top spot.

With four qualifying competitions to go, Nick Cunnington heads the table with 155 points, but he is being closely pressed by Sam McCall on 150.

Steve Anderson (111) and Chris Proudman (110) are also in the chase.

The Seniors Section played their annual Three-Club Challenge on the Valley course and, as ever, the lack of available club selection on the course seems to have little effect on the stableford scoring.

Third place was taken by Jack Vernal, with 36 points, who seemed to have the Alan Hodgkinson Trophy in the bag until he failed to score on the 17 th.

Second place went to Keith Smith with 37, but he also failed to score on the 16th when he carelessly missed a tap-in putt.

The overall winner was current seniors captain Mel Clarke with a fine score of 39.

During the week the ladies played both a nine-hole qualifier, which was won by Maureen Wildblood, and a full qualifying stableford competition.

The full competition proved to be a very tight finish with six players separated by only two shots.

With the benefit of countback Liz Haughton took third place with 36 points, whilst Angela Wheeler was second with 37 in a round which oscillated in variety with a steady front nine (four over gross) and a failure to score on the 14th.

The overall winner was Ellie Haughton, also with 37, in a remarkable round that included an eagle, 12 pars and three failures to score.

Calm returned to Greetham for the Seniors September Medal, played on the Valley course, and low scoring came to the fore.

Third place was taken by Bernie Bell with a nett 64 in a round in which he never made worse than a bogey and concluded the last nine holes in four over gross.

Bernie, who played off 15 had his handicap reduced to 14.

Taking second place on countback, also with 64, was John Dowding (15), and he played the back nine even better at three over gross.

The overall winner was Steve Anderson with a fine nett 63 in around of five bogeys and one birdie.

Steve was cut to eight for his efforts.