Trophies decided as season nears end

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As the regular golf season draws to a close, five of Leighton Buzzard Golf Clubs’ major trophies are to have new names engraved on them.

The much-coveted Denis Jordan Trophy played to a foursomes format, has been won by Lance Lawes and Peter Burgoyne, who beat David Scott and David Jones in the final.

The new holders of the Groves Trophy is David Robinson who beat Simon Goodall in the final, while design engineer Mark Vincent won his first major trophy by beating Martin Price in the final of the Lucking Cup.

Pals Steve Light and Tony Russell have won the Daily Mail Foursomes competition and will represent the Leighton club in the regional finals next year.

They completed the Plantation Road course with a nett 66.5, two shots clear of Club President David Hawkins and Paul Atkinson, adding to their sequence of bridesmaids’ finishes.

Leighton’s inter-club team shared the spoils with local rivals Mentmore in a 3-3 draw. Vice Captain Steve Leng and Steve Schmidt and Russell and Josh Rowles got Leighton off to a flying start against Martin Cowling and Matt Sale and Bill Cooke and Andy Jenkins.

Ben Irvine and John Richards, Stephen Gillette and Simon Thornton and Tony Messenger and Peter Sheridan put Mentmore in the lead with early wins over Mark McLoughlin and Phil Eddy, Michael Loot and Nick King and Richard Samuels and Shane Kimber.

But Dave Roberts and Shane Bentley secured the half for Leighton with a vital victory in the last match over Simon Enright and Matt Rolph.

Senior stalwarts Tom Davis and Chris Ives pictured with Leighton’s Fourball knock-out trophy after beating favourites and former winners Mike Turnock and Paul Johnson 3-2 in the final.

Former company boss Tom and retired sales and marketing director Chris attributed their success to “fundamental flaws in their golf swing” being corrected by pro shop coaches Will Tebbs and Wayne Hugo.