BROADWAY Golf Club welcomed 96 players from 18 clubs across the country for their Ladies’ Open.
A three-ball alliance was chosen as the format for the day, with two scores to count on each hole and prizes to be awarded for home, mixed and away teams.
It was a fine summer’s day and, with the course providing excellent playing conditions, the scores were there to be made as demonstrated by Broadway’s team of Annabelle Carter, Lin Andrew and Liz Smith who brought in a tremendous 77 points to take the first ‘home’ prize.
Frances Friend, Maggie McDivitt and Judith Noyce matched the score to take a worthy second on countback.
Winners of the mixed home and away category with 69 points were Sheila Lawson and Veronica Rudd along with their visiting team member Gwen Knight from Stinchcombe Hill.
Taking a close second with 67 were Broadway’s Rita Smith and Henrietta Cooke, along with Sue Jones from The Vale.
The winning ‘away’ team clearly found the course to their liking as Wendy Bond, Liz Sandilands and Jane Rees (Minchinhampton) brought in a first-rate 76 to clinch top spot.
Travelling from Kingsdown Golf Club, Jan Scott, Lynn Thornton and Carol Jones took a deserved second with 75. Nearest the pins on the par three fifth and eighth holes went to Maxine Allen and Wendy Bond from Minchinhampton, with home player Lin Andrew achieving nearest the pin in two on the par four seventh.
Pat Hawthorn (The Warwickshire) hit an amazing 190-yard tee shot down the 18th to win the longest drive award.
ANOTHER key event was the Chapman Jug, competed for annually by Broadway’s past lady captains.
This year’s proud winner was Jen Doran (2006 captain) with an outstanding 41 points, with Sonia Ward (2013 captain) earning a superb second place with 37 points and Pam Hooper (2000 captain) a worthy third place with 36.
THE WEEKEND’S Bonzo Roberts Trophy brought 68 of Broadway’s men out to compete. Donated in 1979 by former ladies’ captain Margaret Roberts in memory of her husband, the trophy is awarded for the best scoring foursomes pair with teams using only one ball and taking alternate shots until the hole is completed.
It was slightly overcast to begin with but the cooling breeze made playing conditions perfect and there were some terrific scores posted.
Jim Covill and Joe Williams won with an excellent 69 nett and Richard Tate and Neil Swindlehurst were a close second with an impressive 70 nett, leaving Matt Sollis and Will Icke third with 71.
RECENTLY reported at Broadway was the Martyn Freeman Trophy – a competition introduced in 2016 in memory of the club’s wonderful professional who had passed away the previous year just a short time after his father and fellow professional John.
Ninety Broadway members from all playing sections had come out to support the individual stableford and a tremendous £438 was raised on the day through entry fees and donations.
The Freeman family were pleased once again for Campden Home Nursing to benefit from the generous amount to continue the fabulous care they had provided in looking after Martyn during his illness.