GOLF: Festival Week at Rugby Golf Club

Photograph: Richard Wlodarczyk, Fay Clegg (Hinckley Golf Club), Carol Scoggins (Staverton Park), Mark Ridley (Club Captain) and Lady Captain Olive Atwell presenting the trophy.
Photograph: Richard Wlodarczyk, Fay Clegg (Hinckley Golf Club), Carol Scoggins (Staverton Park), Mark Ridley (Club Captain) and Lady Captain Olive Atwell presenting the trophy.

Seven days of competition at Clifton Road

Last week was Festival Week at Rugby Golf Club. Competitions arranged throughout the week were open not only to members at Rugby but also golfers from away clubs.

Club captain Mark Ridley with Lennon Open Winner Andrew Jarman

Club captain Mark Ridley with Lennon Open Winner Andrew Jarman

Sunday 31st May – The Ken Clark Invitation Pairs

Festival Week began with the Ken Clark Invitation Pairs for the gents. Each player invites an away player and this year Matt Bell and his partner John Mann from Lutterworth Golf Club were successful beating Ian Ridley and his partner Steven Ford, also from Lutterworth, into second place. Both pairs scored 41 points, Matt and John winning on countback. Joy Clark, wife of the late Ken Clark a previous Captain and President of Rugby Golf Club, presented the trophy and prizes.

Monday 1st June – The Mixed Open Alliance

Festival Week continued with the Club’s Open Mixed Alliance on Monday, June 1. Members and their invited visitors competed for the Trophy, which was first presented in 2008 to the winners of this event. It is run as a Stableford completion with the best ladies and best men’s score to count. The winning team this year were last year’s runners up Fay Clegg from Hinckley Golf Club, Carol Scoggins from Staverton Park and members Richard Wlodarczyk and Club Captain Mark Ridley with a tremendous 83 points. Runners up this year were Frank and Susan Davis and John and Hillary Bradley with 75 points, with 3rd place awarded to the members team from Rugby of Sue Graham, Mel Mumford, Rolly Slassor and Keith Mills with 74 points. G Miller and K Horak from Ullesthorpe had the best men’s score with 41 points, with Sue Jones and Deb Harrad from Rugby had the best ladies score with 38 points.

Wednesday 3rd June – The Ladies’ Open

Fine weather greeted the ladies and guests from other clubs to Festival Week’s Ladies’s Open. The format was a Betterball Pairs Stableford Prizes were presented by the Club’s President, Adrian Evans.

First place with 41 points went to Judith Pegler (Rugby) and Annabel Edmond (Stratford upon Avon). Runners up were Sandra Brazier (Rugby) and Paula Cramphorn (Kibworth) with 38 points. Third place were the Rugby pair of Sue Jones and Deb Harrad with 37 points narrowly beating Hazel Oag and Caroline Brown, also from Rugby, into fourth place on count back.

Thursday 4th June – The Seniors Invitation Team Trophy

Representative teams of six players from three neighbouring counties enjoyed the day and all remarked upon the excellent condition of the course. The team winners of the Bretherton Trophy and successfully defending their win last year were Atherstone Golf Club with a magnificent 198 points.

The Individual Trophy was awarded to Gary King from Atherstone Golf Club with 38 points. Runner up and losing on a count back was Richard Thomas also from Atherstone, also with 38 points.

Saturday 6th June – The Lennon Open

Festival Week at Rugby Golf Club was concluded with an impressive turnout for the Lennon Open, with over 130 competitors and over 20 visitors playing the Clifton Road course. The bright sunny conditions were tempered by an unseasonal gusting wind, which made scoring difficult despite the beautiful condition of the greens.

Playing to anything close to handicap was a tall order, but it was Rugby Golf Club’s member Andrew Jarman who mastered the conditions with a superb net 66 to take the Lennon Trophy. Pushing Andrew all the way were Staverton Golf Club’s Colin Clarke and Thomas Waldron with a pair of net 67s.

A well supported, well contested end to a successful week for Rugby Golf Club.