Leighton’s youngsters are top of the class at Bedfordshire Schools champs

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Four Cedars Upper school students have handed out a golfing lesson to rivals in the Bedfordshire Schools handicap championships.

Topping the Cedars hit-parade was 14-year-old Callum Campbell, who was crowned Champion after scoring a trophy winning 41 points in windy conditions at the South Beds club.

Callum, whose father Maurice is Director of Golf at Leighton’s Plantation Road club where he heads a three-strong professional coaching team, is now playing off a handicap of 18 after just two years in the sport.

Ben Proud, 14, a 10-handicap golfer, pipped by Callum for the individual title, teamed up with school friends Freya Daniels, 14, and Ollie Banwell, 15, to win the County Team Handicap title with 76 points.

Freya lost out on the Girls championship she won last year, defeated on the last hole by Georgia Staroscik from Bedford Girls school. A second team from Cedars finished fourth.

The Cedars golfers will now represent Bedfordshire in the NASUWT Schools team championships in July, while Callum, Ben and Freya have also been selected to join the Bedfordshire Schools squad for the George McPartlin inter-County Trophy where they will play against teams from Hertfordshire, Middlesex and Essex in July.

Buzzard Blinds boss Barry Wills won Leighton’s latest Stableford competition with 42 points, beating Peter Gadsden by a single shot.

Roger Guyver took third spot with 40 points ahead of David Roberts, with Shaun Harris, Jason Brooks, Steve Boud, Chris Yirrell, Mike Bluett, Mark Knight and Jeff Wood in hot pursuit with 39 points.

Three pairs tied for top spot each with 39 points in Leighton’s Mixed Greensomes competition, with Sandra Bellis and Mick Myatt taking the title on countback from Judy Ammon and Graham Richmond whose playing partners Mark and Kate Knight would have won had they scored a point on their last hole of the day.

Father-and-son Russell and Josh Rowles are the new holders of Leighton’s Dennis Jordan Trophy, winning the event with 43 points, three clear of runners-up Shane Bentley and Gary Hart.

Tim Hobday and Stuart Goodwin pipped John Ager and Barry Wills for third place after both pairs finished with 38 points, one ahead of Stuart Lesley and Mick Myatt.

A last hole win by Vice Captain Ada Stephenson and Simon Rossiter earned Leighton’s inter-club match team a 3-3 draw at Buckingham. Manny Barker and Steve Light and Mark Hammond and Nick King had earlier won for Leighton.

Leighton Seniors toppled The Bedfordshire 4-2 but their six match unbeaten run was ended – by their own club colleagues.

David Minister and Mike Bluett, Fred Ritchie and Terry Lingham, Harry Adam and Michael Turner and Robbie John and John Halstead won against The Bedfordshire, with skipper Terry Wright and Martin Broadley and Peter Jones and Geoff Allatt halving their games.

But they were no match for the Club team for whom wins by Graham Freer and Mark McLoughlin, Ada Stephenson and Derek Richards, Jamie Stone and Steve Kimber, David Hawkins and Simon Rossiter and Phil Coumbe and David Coleman secured a 5-1 win.