Juniors retain their Vale League title with 5-1 victory

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Leighton golfers have hit the ground running in early-season fixtures against local rivals.

A junior squad defending the Vale League title they won last year got off to a flying start with a 5-1 victory over Milton Keynes team Abbey Hill while Leighton’s club warriors took the scalp of Aylesbury Vale in the first round of the Mail on Sunday National Club Classic.

Junior captain Josh Banwell lead the way against Abbey Hill, winning by two holes. He was followed with victories by Lewis Stevens, Freya Daniels, brother Ollie Banwell and Shin Bateman, while Andres Valentine lost by a narrow margin.

Leighton’s Mail on Sunday team beat Aylesbury Vale 2-0 with three matches halved, and now play another local team, Tilsworth, in the second round.

Richard Samuels beat Vale’s John Barker by three holes; Immediate Past President David Hawkins beat Steve Chandler by one hole. Phillip Spratt-Callaghan tied with Nick Brewer, Manny Barker posted a half with Nick Bowden and Paul Atkinson drew with Bradley Finch.

Jean Bendall won Leighton ladies “stringball” competition, beating Lila Garrod on countback after both finished with 31 points.

The Ladies “shambles” competition was also decided on countback, Zan Nicholl, Val Brown and Gill McDougall taking top spot over Jean Bendall, Lila Garrod and Val Smith after both teams finished with 94 points.

The Leighton club is now accepting applications for membership for the 2015 season, with vacancies in junior and full categories, including “Associate” membership which does not require the payment of a joining fee.

Design engineer Mark Vincent waited 18 months for his first golf trophy win...and like London buses, a second came along in no time at all.

Mark toppled Martin Price to win Leighton’s coveted Lucking Cup and teamed up with Steve Giles to take the Winter Fourball League.