GOLF: Champion Steve shows his class

Bridport and Lyme Regis News: HOTSHOT: Steve Pratt HOTSHOT: Steve Pratt

STEVE Pratt was in scintillating form as he claimed the Scratch Cup and Peter Ridler Cup at Bridport & West Dorset’s Men’s Club Championship.

The perfect weather matched a perfect weekend for seven-handicap Pratt, who won both trophies with something to spare.

Pratt carded rounds 74 and 73 to take the Scratch Cup (best gross scores), finishing eight strokes ahead of Graham Hunt.

His total of 147 saw Pratt equal the best score for the club championship with the course in its present layout.

And victory in the Ridler Cup (best nett scores) came virtue of a 36-hole total of 133, seven clear of Mike Savage in second.

The Fraser Mercer Cup, for the best gross scores by those with handicaps of 14 and over, was won by Bob Harding (177). Bryan Dare was the runner-up (178).

RESULTS

Scratch Cup: 1 Steve Pratt 147 (74-7=67 & 73-7=66), 2 Graham Hunt 155 (79-7=72 & 76-7=69) Peter Ridler Cup: 1 Steve Pratt 133 (67+66), 2 Mike Savage 140 (65+75)

Fraser Mercer Cup: 1 Bob Harding 177 (83-16=67 & 94-16=78), 2 Bryn Dare 178 (84-4=70 & 94-14=80)

Veterans’ Section

MARTIN Oliver scored his first hole-in-one on the way to winning the veterans’ Gutty Trophy.

The competition, a bogey, one format not too popular with the majority of golfers, saw 44 of the 56 players end up with minus scores.

However, on this occasion there were some pleasant rewards, namely a beautiful June morning and two free drinks at the end of the round.

The first was on Keith Mundy who was celebrating his 80th birthday, the second came as a result of Oliver’s maiden ace on the tricky 14th.

RESULTS

Division One: 1 Martin Oliver +4, 2 (acb) John Sansom + 2, 3 (acb) Richard Lomax +2, 4 (acb) Howard Bonfield +2

Division Two: 1 (acb) Ian Campbell +2, 2 Tony Williams +2, 3 Tony Burwood 0, 4 Tony Udall -2

Ladies’ Section

THE ladies at Bridport have had a very full golfing week, writes Rosemary Shepherd.

The main competition was the Stephens Cup and 34 players took part on another warm day.

In-form Diane Harris (36pts) won the cup, her second trophy in four days, while Elizabeth Thompson (34) was runner-up on countback.

Twenty-five women accompanied Liz Walker for her Lady Captain’s Away Day to Stover Golf Club on the hottest day of the year.

The competition was an individual Stableford with with the added intrigue of hidden partners.

The names of the partners and combined scores were then revealed.

The most successful pairing was Julie Woodruffe and Jean Stephens with 53 points, followed by Thompson and Di Neal, who had the best backnine, with 52.

Woodruffe and Stephens gave a vote of thanks to their captain for organising such a great day.

The ladies’ league teams also had success in the last week.

The Beales team beat Sherborne 5-2 and the Inter-club side won 4-3 against the ladies of Broadstone.

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