Read retains golf title

GOLFER PAUL Reid has retained the Daventry Golf Club’s men’s championship title for the second year running.

His latest success came in the recent Club Championship in which the men played over 36 holes and the ladies over 18 holes.

The men’s championship was this year divided into two categories one-12 handicap and 12-28 handicap off scratch. The first round counted for the Highfield Salver off full handicap.

The first round teed off in fair weather, but the combination of a tricky breeze, firm fairways and quick greens made conditions difficult.

The leader after round one was Chris Eveleigh with a gross score of 72 closely followed by Paul Read on 73 and Adam Tarbox on 77. Category two leader was Chris Duff on 81 and Colin Long on 84.

In the Highfield Salver Danny Turner coped well with the conditions to return a gross 79-17 nett 62 and Chris Duff 81-15 nett 66.

Round two saw a change in the weather with a strong breeze and rain. The early starters had the best of conditions which deteriorated for the ladies who teed off for their competition after the men.

The men teed off for the second round in reverse order with the round one leader’s off last.

Uncharacteristically Chris Eveleigh succumbed to the conditions with a round of 81 whereas Paul Read hung on to shoot 75 to retain the title which he has won for the last two years. He was matched by Adam Tarbox also on 75, best gross of round two was Andy Laws with 74.

In category two Colin Long came home in 90 and Chris Duff 95 to finish first and second.

Overall result: Category one – Paul Read 73 + 75, 148 Club Champion and winner of The Neal Bowl. Adam Tarbox 77 + 75, 152; Andy Laws 79 + 74, 153; Chris Eveleigh 72 + 81, 153.

Category two – Colin Long 84 + 90, 174; Chris Duff 91 + 95, 176; Chris Poolton 87 + 90, 177.

Highfield Salver: Danny Turner 79-17, nett 62 winner of The Highfield Salver; Chris Duff 81-15, nett 66 (back nine); Tim Scull 81-15 nett 66.

The Ladies teed off for The Championship Bowl and Danetre Salver in the worst conditions. The weather reflected in the scoring with Shelly Jackson the best lady with a gross score 100-22 nett 78 to take both trophies. Second was Sue Adam 109-30 nett 79, third was lady captain Lynda Partis 115-33 nett 82 and fourth lady vice-captain Sue Lewis 115-31 nett 84.