Financial advisor Simon Goodall cashed-in on wet and gale force conditions to win Leighton Buzzard Golf Club’s latest stableford competition by a two-shot margin on a day when only three out of 68 golfers beat their handicap.
The 37-year-old whose son Marcus, seven, is already showing interest in the sport in which his dad was playing off a handicap of 13 when he scored an impressive 40 points to win on a day when several single-figure and low-handicap golfers had their ambitions blown off course.
Marcus, a member of the Plantation Road club for the past two years, managed birdies on the 4th and 8th holes when other golfers were racking up bogies.
His 40 point total beat 17-handicapper Mike Manning by two shots and earned both players a two shot handicap cut. Third was Philip Spratt-Callaghan, a nine-handicap golfer who hit 37 points.
For Marcus, the win wiped out the disappointment of losing the coveted Groves Trophy final last year when opponent David Robinson managed to single-putt on 11 greens to win.
Other leading scores were: 36 – Colin Beesley, Ben Ahlrichs, Paul Ellam; 34 – David Hanley; 33 – Dave Evans, Jamie Stone, Will Koch; 32 – Barry Wills, Manny Barker, Stuart Leslie, Bryan Bateman, Peter Gadsden; 31 – Steve Boud, Phil Whitecross, Shin Bateman; 30 – Derek Lindley, Dave Banwell, Tim Mitchell.
Leighton’s Senior squad have marched into April with a third successive victory over local inter-club rivals. After convincing wins against Dunstable Downs and Aylesbury Vale, Leighton’s old boys faced a tough test against Aspley Guise, but emerged 4-3 victors with one match halved.
The visitors got off to a flying start when Aspley Seniors skipper John Murrer and Jim Moseley beat Leighton Senior Captain Terry Wright and partner John Bettle lost by two holes, and Aspley’s Geoff Scher and Eric Mercer beat Leighton “Vice” Robbie John and Michael Turner.
But Leighton hit back with comfortable wins by Denis Leitch and Chris Ive against Geoff Smith and Tony Widmer while David Hack and Fred Ritchie beat Mike Firth and Paul Holman.
Harry Adam and Geoff Allatt secured a hard-fought half against David Harris and Alan Moore before Rob Tate and Butch Baker edged Leighton into the lead with a win over David Gamble and Colin Hosker.
The advantage was short-lived as Ernie Piper, back after a long absence due to illness, and playing partner Steve King lost to Aspley’s Malcolm McGregor and Keith Davis.
The overall result was decided by the last match in which Leighton’s Andy McDonald and Martin Broadley gained a three-hole victory over Bob Barton and Derek Moxom.