GLORIOUS weather, a beautiful course and fast, challenging greens greeted a good entry for Faith Tubb’s Lady Captain’s Day at The Worcestershire Golf Club.
The principal competition was an 18-hole stableford for the Lady Captain’s Salver and it was fittingly won by one of Tubb's predecessors Jane Tromans with a respectable 35 points.
Following closely at the Malvern Wells venue were Janet Manning Cox with 34 and Jenny Jones on 33.
Long-standing member Kate Cross won the lady captain’s nine-hole special with a fine 20 points. Meanwhile, 14-year-old Josh Marshall took on a substantial field to win Division One and lift the prestigious Irish Cup in the men’s summer meeting medal.
Playing off a handicap of 11, he carded a gross 78 and nett 67 to reduce his handicap to 9.9.
Second in Division One was Martin Lloyd (handicap 10) on nett 69 with Phil Dance (4) securing third on count-back from Marshall's father Dave (1), Andrew Perkins (12) and Tom Howells (2), all on 71.
Local doctor David Radley scored 68 nett off a handicap of 14 to grab Division Two’s Parker Vase from the clutches of club stalwarts John Duncan (17) on 69 and Roger Bradley (15) on 71.
In Division Three, Mike Bolton (handicap 20) lifted the Cotton Tankard, beating Les Facer (19) on count-back with 74, whilst Mike Morris (21) took third place on 75.
The veterans’ mid-week stableford saw Chris Almgill (handicap 19) record 38 points to beat Alan Homfray (22) on count-back.
In club matches, The Worcestershire’s ladies hosted their Sapey counterparts in the annual battle for the Redgrove Trophy.
Playing medal format, a team of 12, captained by Jill Exell, benefited from home advantage on the tricky, lightning-fast greens of the Malvern Wells course.
With the best eight nett scores to count, the home side secured a comprehensive 52-stroke victory with the team totals reading 611-663.
After past captain Mike Sterry ventured to Newport for his away day last year, a return fixture was organised at The Worcestershire.
The weather was outstanding, as was the course, and the visitors were treated to the best greens seen for many a year at Wood Farm Road.
The result was a flattering 4.5-1.5 home win but for the first half it was looking as if Newport would walk a comfortable win.
Club captain Roger Brierly and Sterry halved their match after being three down.
Steve Carter and Pete Basten had the biggest victory 5&4 but new boy Pete Jolley almost single-handedly turned his partnership with Chris Hardy from four down to win two-up on the back nine.
The Worcestershire look forward to returning to south Wales next June to tackle a tough test of golf at Newport.
Further home successes came in the form of Steve Bradshaw’s ‘B’ team match against Burghill Valley with a 3½-2½ victory.
Playing with Barry Schofield, Bradshaw led the way with a 4&3 win to be followed by Terry Cox and Nigel Teale with the same margin.
Other successful pairings were John Monk and Gary Eames, who won their match 3&2, and Dave Turner and Paul Wakely with a half.
Burghill’s captain Brian Lewis complimented The Worcestershire on the quality of the course and the post-match meal.