Kenwick Park Golf Club: Late charge denies defending champions

Golf sessions are taking place in Corby this summer
Golf sessions are taking place in Corby this summer

Kenwick Park’s men played a betterball stableford for the Neville Green Memorial Trophy, donated by Ron Irwin and Martin Sizer as a tribute to their late friend.

Defending champions Ryan Girdley and Phil Jackson were first on the course at 7.52am and posted a formidable score of 42 points, one better than their winning 2014 score.

As the day progressed, their score resisted the challenge of Ron Irwin and Mark Sherrington who also scored 42, but lost out on a countback.

Father and son partnership Nigel and Freddie Fearn had a storming last six holes, but came up one point shy on 41, and with just two pairs left out on the course, it looked likely the defending champions had done enough to win again.

But Steve Clarke and Pete Whittle had other ideas and posted a superb 43 points to claim their first major victory at Kenwick Park.

It was a great day to remember Neville who would have enjoyed hitting his customary fade from the fairways.

* The ladies played a medal and recorded some excellent scores.

The round of the day came from Rose Stevenson who shot 102-33=69 to win the bronze division from Jenny Cutts (nett 74) and reduce her handicap by two shots. Julia Labbett also played well to win the silver division with 88-16=72. A countback was needed to place Birdie Dawson second with 82-9=73 ahead of fellow nine-handicapper Andrea Smaggasgale, and third place went to Wendy Green (18 handicap) with another nett 73.