Banham storms to yet another club championship win at Elton

Elton Furze ladies club champion Alex Banham.
Elton Furze ladies club champion Alex Banham.
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Alex Banham made it eight wins on the trot in the ladies club championship at Elton Furze.

The Northants county player finished the 36-hole competition with a superb 148 gross.

The two-handicapper returned a fabulous 71 in the morning and a 77 in the afternoon.

The net prize went to Liz Johnson with 146.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

Brampton Park’s James Reeson, helped by a blistering second round of five-under-par 67, won the Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union County Championship at Saffron Walden Golf Club at the weekend.

He finished with a four-under-par total of 284 for the 72-hole championship and was pushed all the way for the honours by Ramsey’s Paul Hodgkin, who had a 287 total.

Ollie Fullerton from Elton Furze finished third.

Leaderboard: 284 – James Reeson (Brampton Park) (74, 67, 73, 70); 287 – Paul Hodgkin (Ramsey) (71,73, 72, 71); 294 – Ollie Fullerton (Elton Furze) (74, 73, 73, 74), Mark Reeve (Saffron Walden) (72, 73, 73, 76); 297 – Craig Thorburn (Ramsey) (77, 76, 72, 72); 303 – Danny Loveday (St Neots) (76, 71, 82, 74), Owen Davies (Brampton Park) (74, 75, 76, 78), Ryan Adair (Saffron Walden (76, 74, 73, 80).

EAST PGA

Stuart Brown finished sixth in the St Neots 125 Year Anniversary Pro-Am .

The Orton Meadows professional fired a level par 70 - a round that included five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.

Glen Portelli from the Verulam Golf Club won the fitrst prize of £1,000 with a 65.

HOLE-IN-ONE

The latest hole-in-one in the area came at Greetham Valley in a pairs knockout competition at the weekend.

Playing the ace was 16-handicapper Derek Coombes at the tricky par three 14th, which is over a large pond with a bunker at seven o’clock, another at 12 o’clock and a ditch at one and two o’clock.

Coombes got the distance to the flag from his sat nav as 157 yards. He went straight at it with a five-iron as the wind was head on. It took a bounce and dived into the hole.

And it helped him and playing partner Gary Ferrar beat Bill Guest and Mark Dorsett five and four.