Get free tips from the professionals for those wanting to take up golf

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Professional golfers employed at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road club are giving up their time to manage free lessons to anyone thinking of taking up the sport.

The programme got underway on Saturday and a further five hour-long sessions are being held during May to encourage people of all ages to get into golf, a sport where basic well-coached skills last a life-time and where the handicap system based on individual results enables players of all abilities to be competitive with each other.

The sessions are being held on Leighton’s practice ground as part of the National Golf Month, with club professionals Will Tebbs and Wayne Hugo managing the taster sessions on May 9, 10, 16, 23 and 24.

The coaching sessions start at 1.30pm except for those on May 10 and May 24, which begin at 2pm. Call the Prop Shop on (01525) 244815 to book your free lessons.

“The free lessons are open to anyone who is thinking of taking up golf for exercise, enjoyment or the friendships which are forged at clubs like Leighton Buzzard,” said director of golf Maurice Campbell.

Simon Goodall and Chris Yirrell are the new holders of Leighton’s Captain’s Cup. Their 41 point haul gave them a five-shot winning margin over Past Captain Derek Lindley and Peter Burgoyne.

Leighton Seniors continued their five-match unbeaten run with a 7-1 victory over Beds & County followed by a 6-1 scuppering of Stowe. Skipper Terry Wright and Kelvin Young, Denis Leitch and Rob Tate, David Hack and Danny Nairne, George Darbyshire and Victor Albertella, Ron Dickinson and Mike Bluett, Terry Lingham and Eddie Mehew and Robbie John and Keith Camp all returned winning cards against Beds & County.

But Captain Wright and Ernie Piper were the only Leighton losers as the home club beat visitors Stowe 6-1. The early setback was reversed with a succession of victories by Steve Shepherd and Victor Albertella, Denis Leitch and Danny Nairne, Harry Adam and Andy Lock, John Halstead and Mike Bluett, Morley Smith and David Newby, Keith Oddie and Martin Broadley and Robbie John and Kelvin Young.

Ladies Captain Debbie Pollard-Barns was joined by Freya Daniels, Niki Clark, Val Berry, Angela Samuels, Barbara Bradley and Margaret Osborne as the Leighton team registered a 4-3 Shield match victory at South Beds. Debbie, Angela, Sandra Bellis, Beryl Wood, Avril Simpson and Norma Stevens-Hack teamed up to beat Mount Pleasant 6-1. But Leighton’s ladies lost their friendly against Aylesbury Vale 2-1, with one match halved.

Joan Waples topped the table in Leighton Ladies Challenge Cup qualifiers and is joined by Vicky Pratt, Angela Samuels, Niki Clark, Alison Shirville, Lila Garrod, Rosie Hartnell and Barbara Rickard in the matchplay knock-out stages.

Lila Garrod was top scorer in Leighton Ladies April stableford, winning overall and the Bronze “B” table with 41 points; Oonagh Russell won the Bronze “A” top spot with 34 points, one clear of Paula Cox, while Lorraine Leaver won the Silver Division with 36 points, three clear of Ladies “vice” Angela Samuels.

Paul Ellam, Stephen Richardson and Sam Messenger won to earn Leighton a 3-2 Mid-Handicap League victory over Stockwood Park.

Former Leighton club Captain Brian Carter won the Bedfordshire Captains’ Spring meeting at Aspley Guise with 40 points, while 37 points was enough for former Seniors Captain David Hack to win the Rushmere Society match at Tadmarten Heath.

Josh Rowles won the Leighton Captains “away day” at Ashridge with a 45 point haul which helped his playing colleagues Scott Douglas, Mark Vincent and Steve Boud to a 130-point winning team total.

Team runners-up were Peter Townley, Brian Wilson, David Roberts and Dave Evans with 125 points; Simon Rossiter was the individual runner-up with 41 points and Phil Coumbe claimed the nearest-the-pin prize.