Tight finish in the Sandhouse Society Cup as Leng edges win

One point separated five golfers for top spot in a competition at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road course – creating a headache for the scorers and joy for the match winner.

After a series of recounts, the Sandhouse Society Captain’s trophy was presented to Leighton club skipper Steve Leng who finished with 37 points together with his “vice” Adrian Stephenson.

Steve took the top spot on “countback,” scoring 21 points on his last nine holes while Adrian had 20 .

The other three players tied for third place, each with 36 points. The position was filled by Paul Ellam whose 20 points on the back nine holes was better than the 17 recorded by Phil Coumbe and Chris Chehade.

John Smith, Vince Ganley and Adrian Stephenson won the team prize with 144 points, five more than Syd Pniewski, Steve Leng and Rob Tate and there were nearest the pin prizes for John Smith (2), Syd Pniewski, Rob Tate and Paul Ellam.

The Sandhouse play five matches in the annual series, with the best three scores aggregated for the overall trophy.

That was won by Shane Bentley with 112 points, with Phil Coumbe runner-up with 108 points. Shane will now be the Sandhouse Captain for the 2016 Series.

Peter Worker won Leighton’s midweek medal with a nett 69, two shots clear of David Roberts, Peter Taylor and Steve Foster, with Fred Ritchie and Len Neal heading a chasing pack.

Steve Tyas shot a nett 67 to win Leighton’s Mixed Medal, losing two shots from his handicap after beating Steven Paine and Ian Kempsell by a single stroke. Bryan Bateman, Richard Dempsey and Claire Whitecross each finished with a nett 69, a shot clear of David Hawkins, Russell Rowles and Phil Coumbe.

Alice Ward and Sandra Bellis won Leighton Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes, beating Vivien Vale and Jean Bendall while Lynn Newnham won the September stableford with 40 points, Sandra Bellis finishing runner-up.

Stuart Leslie skippered the Scots to victory in Leighton’s annual “international, their 217 points beating England led by former skipper Derek Lindley by four points. A Leighton squad skippered by John Tarbox finished third with 207 points, with the Rest of the World headed by Trevor Stone bringing up the rear with 203 points.

Leighton pairing Andy Tizzard and Darren Valentine recorded the best score of the day, their 47 points beating Derek Shaw and Mark Newton by one. Peter Hazel and Colin Beasley had 45 points in a round marked by Peter having to be rescued from a pond after slipping in trying to recover his ball.