The Stephensons celebrate Christmas early

Ed and George Stephenson with their haul of golfing silverware.
Ed and George Stephenson with their haul of golfing silverware.

There will be no shortage of turkey in the Stephenson household next week after father and son both landed festive fowl in separate competitions at Leighton Buzzard’s Plantation Road golf club.

Former Club Captain Adrian Stephenson plucked a turkey for finishing in the top dozen in the November medal qualifier and three days later son Ed landed a second after finishing joint runner-up in the Midweek medal qualifier.

More than 30 oven-ready turkeys will be dished out to club members later this week, prizes from half a dozen competitions staged in recent weeks.

But the Stephensons have even more reason to celebrate. For former Vandyke student Ed won both the club Junior and Club Mens’ championship and was a member of the three strong school squad that won the English Schools team championships at Woodhall Spa in July, scoring 38 of the 76 points it took to beat school team champions from 35 other counties to be crowned national champions.

Andres Valentine and Brandon Waddington were the other two Leighton players in the Vandyke squad, and both were winners in Leighton Junior competitions this year, Andres winning the October medal and Fred Wood Bogey Cup, while Brandon won the June medal.

But it was 16-year-old Ed who stole the show winning the junior Larry Blair Trophy, Brian Valentine Cup, Fred Wood Eclectic Trophy and Junior Order of Merit and teaming up with brother George to win the Millennium Foursomes trophy.

And not to be outdone, 12-year-old George won the Junior October Medal, having earlier being pipped for the June medal by Brandon Waddington.

Both the Stephenson boys took up golf at the age of seven. George, now 12 and playing off a handicap of 18, has won the Bedfordshire County Under 12 nett competition while Big

Brother Ed has a handicap of just three and is in the County squad. Both were also members of the Leighton junior squad crowned Vale League Champions.

Says dad Adrian: “It’s hard to keep up with them nowadays, but it’s great to see them progressing in a sport they can play for the rest of their lives.”

Former Leighton seniors captain David Hack has been installed as President of the Rushmere Golf Society, succeeding former Leighton club secretary John Burchell.

Chris Read beat 13 colleagues to win the Coleford Society ‘Classic’, with Will Koch and Chris O’Mahony runners-up. The trophy in memory of the late Charlie Wood was won by Chris Jones, while there were nearest-the-pin prizes for Ernie Piper, Mick Gore, Mick Francis and Steve Baines with T Koch hitting the longest drive.