Kenwick Park golf: Greenkeepers win Men’s Open

From left, Kenwick Park men's captain Steve Blackburn with Men's Open winners Neil Pridgeon and Lewis Hackett, and golf operations manager Mike Langford EMN-150622-163425002
From left, Kenwick Park men's captain Steve Blackburn with Men's Open winners Neil Pridgeon and Lewis Hackett, and golf operations manager Mike Langford EMN-150622-163425002

Wet and overcast conditions greeted a field of 128 golfers for the fourth annual Kenwick Park Men’s Open.

Kenwick’s greenkeeping duo Neil Pridgeon and Lewis Hackett, playing off four and two respectively, scored an impressive 22 points on the back nine to win the event on countback with an impressive 43 points.

Noreen Ross winner Bridget Hardaway (middle) with Claire and Euan Steele EMN-150622-163624002

Noreen Ross winner Bridget Hardaway (middle) with Claire and Euan Steele EMN-150622-163624002

Ryan Girdley and George McIntosh were second, relegating Keiron Spencer Chaplin and Chris Tubb, into third, also on countback. Men’s captain Steve Blackburn and Ben Forbes Burton were a point back in fourth. The next three places were also decided by countback with Josh Baines and Scott Morley fifth ahead of Tony Peace and Peter Kimmling, then Mike Morley and Tom Pocklington, all on 40.

Early starter Mick Loveday found the bottom of the cup at the ninth with his mid-iron approach shot to win nearest the pin in two. George Mcintosh was nearest the pin at the 12th hole, and Phil Jackson hit the longest drive at the 18th.

* In the Bramley Singles, Kenwick’s team of Ashton Turner, Sam Done and Billy Wright emphatically beat South Kyme 3-0 to set up a home semi-final against Woodhall Spa next month in this county competition.

* The Noreen Ross Trophy was presented in memory of the very popular, late club and attracted a good field.

Bridget Hardaway played her best-ever round at Kenwick to win with an outstanding 42 points. Mary Osmond came second with an excellent 39 points, and Sue Peacock took first prize in the silver division with 35, ahead of Jenny Rickett with 34.

Noreen’s daughter Claire and grandson Euan presented the trophy.

* The seniors played an individual stableford and then were drawn into pairs for the Harry Marsh Trophies.

John Teanby won the stableford with 36, a point ahead of runner-up Grahame Hewstone. Mick Slowey took third place with 34 on countback from John Moody. The pairing of John Teanby and Mick Slowey were drawn out of the hat to win with a total of 70 points.

Competition sponsor Harry Marsh presented the trophies.