GOLF: Club titles for Paul and Charlotte

Charlotte Taylor
Charlotte Taylor

CHARLOTTE Taylor had a fantastic time at Rugby Golf Club last week, clinching both the junior and ladies’ championships.

On Tuesday Charlotte, 16, won the junior title by five shots, taking over from her sister Lauren.

Charlotte, a member of the England Select squad who plays off a handicap of three, shot scores of two-over and three-over par for the two rounds of the competition.

Then on Wednesday, Charlotte shot four-over in torrential rain to become the ladies’ champion for the third successive year. The second round was called off as conditions deteriorated at the Clifton Road course.

“It was nice to keep the junior title in the family, after Lauren has won it for the last few years,” said the Ashlawn School student, who starts A levels in biology, PE, psychology and English Literature this week.

“I am playing well at the moment. I did go through a bad spell, but now I’m really pleased to be back in form.”

Charlotte’s summer has also seen her win the ladies’ club championships at Northampton County Golf Club, carding an excellent score of three under par in the second round.

n Rugby Golf Club played their most prestigious competition, the Club Championship, on Sunday, over 36 holes.

This year’s winner was Paul Godding playing off scratch and scoring a gross 138.

The winner of The Plate with a best net score of 124 was Yadhuchandra Lawati (Bruce to his friends).

In second place with a net 131 was Dan Chidlow closely followed by Ben Broadhurst, also with a net 131, placed third on count back.

n The TOFFS Championship was played on Monday and was well attended by our senior members.

The weather was very good, indeed a marked improvement from when the competition was originally played on the 13th July and had to be abandoned after eight holes.

Gordon French came in with a championship winning score of net 64, however, it was a close call as Keith Oag also came with a net 64 but lost out on count back.

Coming in third was Malcolm Jessop with a net 65.

n The Ladies’ 36 hole Club Championship was held at Rugby on Wednesday, August 29, with eight ladies taking part in the competition which is run in conjunction with the Net Salver competition, also over 36 holes.

It had rained from early morning and right through the first 18 hole round. Before the start of the second round, there was an inspection of the greens and it was decided that the competition could not continue as the greens were waterlogged. So, for the first time, both the Club Championship and Net Salver were decided over 18 holes only.

The Ladies Club Champion for 2012 is Charlotte Taylor with a gross 74 from Judith Pegler in 2nd place with a gross 84.

The Net Salver was won by Sue Graham with a net 75, with a better back six from Deb Harrad in 2nd place.

n Rugby Golf Club’s captain, Bob James, put up a prize for the Tuesday medal competition.

Very good rounds of net 63 were played by two of the younger juniors, Aidan March and Robbie Winkle. Aidan, with a better back nine on count back won the day.

In third place was another youngster, Ollie Branston with a nett 71 followed by Joel Rabone with a nett 72.

n Friday’s Stableford was for the Maggies Cup, a trophy donated by Shay Meadwell, a former assistant professional. A good turnout of fourteen players vied for the trophy. Mr Consistent, Tom Cleaton, had an excellent round accumulating 44 points to win the competition.

In second place was another steady performer, Ben Broadhurst, who scored 43 points. Ben’s brother Josh shared 3rd place with Cameron Snook both scoring 41 points.

n The long awaited Junior Championship was held last Tuesday. The winner for the last four years, Lauren Taylor, is at university in America and was therefore unable to defend her title. Sister Charlotte, however, kept the trophy in the family by winning the 36 hole competition with a gross 145. Just 5 shots adrift were Ben Broadhurst and Robbie Winkle.

n The last of the holiday competitions took the usual Friday Stableford format. Young Rocco Luca, quite new to these competitions, won the day with a very creditable 41 points. Charlie Lloyd and Ben Broadhurst were in the runners-up spot by scoring 37.