All the President’s Men battle it out for year’s bragging rights

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Sweet-and-sour was on the menu for Leighton Buzzard golfers involved in the annual battle between the Club President’s Men and Captain Derek Lindley’s Red Army.

For while Derek and playing partner Graham Benson beat President David Hawkins and Maurice Campbell in their individual match, it was Hawkins who celebrated over all sweet success with a 7-5 win.

Derek Eaton and Mel Glover and Syd Pniewski and Paul Atkinson got the Presidents team off to a flying start and were followed into the club house with wins by Keith Camp and John Latimer, Gordon Francis and Gavin Samuels, Phil Whitecross and Colin Beasley and Brian Carter and Ian Alexander.

Phil Coumbe and Steve King, David Robinson and Bryan Bateman and Steve Leng and Billy O’Neill won for Captain Lindley, but his hopes of regaining the trophy the Captain’s team lost last year faded when ex-Presidents Steve de Nisi and Peter Taylor halved with Stuart Leslie and Simon Rossiter and Fred Ritchie and Richard Samuels held Vice Captain elect Adrian Stephenson and Derek Richards to a tie.

Lindley had earlier teamed up with President Hawkins to kick-start a Leighton inter-club win against local rivals Aspley Guise, with Adrian Stephenson and David Jones, Laurie Benson and Steve Schmidt and Manny Barker and Michael Loot also winning to give Leighton a fine 4-2 victory.

Scott Douglas won Leighton’s Midweek stableford, his 40 point haul beating Richard Youldon by a single shot. Roger Servantes, Steve Gibbs and Andy Jenkins finished with 38 points ahead of Steve Molyneaux, David Roberts, Gordon Plews and Abe Plummer.

Forty points was enough for Simon Goodall to win the October weekend stableford, David Banwell and Josh Rowles finishing runners-up with 39pts ahead of Tom Day, Scott Douglas and Peter Gadsden, with David Jones, Yash Tosar and Laurie Benson heading a chasing pack.

The October weekend medal was won by Steven Giles, his nett 66 beating David Scott, David Banwell and David Roberts by a shot, with Tim Dawson and Oliver Banwell returning nett 68s, one clear of Stuart Leslie, Jamie Stone and Steve Shepherd.

Leighton’s Mixed team lost 6-4 at Dunstable Downs, Derek Lindley and Jackie Stimpson, Debbie Pollard-Barns and Steve Leng, Ian Alexander and Sandra Carter and Denis Leitch and Norma Stevens-Hack returning winning cards.

Dorothy Jones won Leighton Ladies Hidden Holes competition with 14pts, beating Cicely Goldsmith, Sandra Bellis, Gill Ladd and Sue Preston.

Former Tilsworth assistant pro Alex White, 35, has been named as Foremost Professional of the Year, an award previously won by Leighton’s Maurice Campbell with whom he trained.

Alex, married to Nicola, the daughter of former Leighton Captain John Bateman and his wife Christine, is currently head professional at Romiley golf club in Cheshire.

Rain restricted play for Leighton golfers taking part in the annual Coleford Classic at Ingot Manor, but Will Koch stayed dry enough to win with 87pts, beating joint runners-up Chris Read, who also won the longest drive, and Simon Rossiter, winner of the putting competition.

The Texas scramble was won by Mick Francis, Mick Gibbings and Derek Richards; Paul Brooks was awarded the Charlie Wood trophy and nearest-the-pin prizes were won by Dave Vaughan, Tudor Lewis, Terry Jordan and Will Koch.