Top county roles for two of Leighton’s golfing stalwarts

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Two long-serving Leighton golfers have been appointed to top positions in the sport in Bedfordshire.

David Hawkins, President of the Plantation Road club for almost two years, has been installed as Vice-President of the County Association and will become President towards the end of next year by which time he will have completed three years in office at the club where he was Captain in 2011.

Leighton-born Syd Pniewski has completed the Leighton double-act by being installed as Captain of the Bedfordshire Past Captains Society which has more than 200 playing members who have been Captains of the 20 clubs in the county.

Twenty of Leighton’s legion of Past Captains are members of the Society, whose activities include matches against other counties in the South East as well as a three-day tour.

By an ironic coincidence, company boss Syd recently won Leighton’s own competition for Past Captains, scoring 38 points to beat Gordon Francis who was Club Captain 41 years ago, with Nick Clarke taking third spot with 35pts. Both Syd, Club Captain in 2002, and Gordon are also ex-Presidents of the Plantation Road club, Gordon in 1984/5 and Syd completing a three-year term in 2012.

Ladies vice-Captain Debbie Pollard-Barns is the new holder of the Ladies Medal Cup, finishing the Spring-Autumn two round competition with a nett 155, five shots better than Judy Ammon with Anne Tilbury finishing third with a nett 161.

Freya Daniels won the Autumn meeting Silver Division, beating Debbie on countback after both finished with a nett 78; Oonagh Russell took the Bronze “A” top spot with a nett 78, two better than Paula Cox while Rosie Hartnell won the Bronze “B” division with a nett 74, with Sandra Carter runner-up.

Dorothy Jones won Leighton Ladies Hidden Holes competition with 14pts, beating Cicely Goldsmith, Sandra Bellis, Gill Ladd and Sue Preston.

Scott Douglas won Leighton’s Midweek stablelford, his 40 point haul beating Richard Youldon by a single shot. Roger Servantes, Steve Gibbs and Andy Jenkins finished with 38 points ahead of Steve Molyneaux, David Roberts, Gordon Plews and Abe Plummer.

Leighton’s Mixed team lost 6-4 at Dunstable Downs, Derek Lindley and Jackie Stimpson, Debbie Pollard-Barns and Steve Leng, Ian Alexander and Sandra Carter and Denis Leitch and Norma Stevens-Hack returning winning cards.

Skipper Derek Lindley teamed up with President David Hawkins to kick-start a Leighton inter-club win against local rivals Aspley Guise, with Adrian Stephenson and David Jones, Laurie Benson and Steve Schmidt and Manny Barker and Michael Loot also winning to give Leighton a 4-2 victory.

Former Tilsworth assistant pro Alex White, 35, has been named as Foremost Professional of the Year, an award previously won by Leighton’s Maurice Campbell with whom he trained.

Alex, married to Nicola, the daughter of former Leighton Captain John Bateman and his wife Christine, is currently head professional at Romiley golf club in Cheshire.