Adam’s victory a Stone-cold certainty

Lytham Green Drive lady president Pam Davidson (left) at the presentation ceremony for her pririze competition along with the winner Catherine Grady, runner up Marilyn Smith and lady captain Ros Smitham.

Lytham Green Drive lady president Pam Davidson (left) at the presentation ceremony for her pririze competition along with the winner Catherine Grady, runner up Marilyn Smith and lady captain Ros Smitham.

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Garstang teenager Adam Stone was the star turn as Lancashire golfers began their defence of the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League title in style.

They breezed to an emphatic 15-3 victory over Cumbria at gale-lashed Royal Birkdale.

Lancashire skipper Paul Williams singled out Stone for particular praise.

Stone teamed up in the foursomes with Henry Tomlinson, of Royal Lytham and St Annes.

They eclipsed Ulverston pair Craig Morrow and Andrew Edwards 3&1.

Then he dispatched Edwards 5&4 in the afternoon session.

Lancaster member Stone, who plays off scratch and had his first lesson as a five-year-old at Myerscough College, revealed that he recently quit playing football, rugby and cricket.

“I want to focus solely on golf,” said the Lancaster Royal Grammar School pupil, whowill miss the start of next season as he commence his studies in marketing at California’s East Bay State University.

Williams said of Stone’s effort: “He showed great maturity.”

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• Blackpool North Shore professionals Andrew Richardson and Steve McLaughlin are to hold ladies’ beginner classes at the club.

The pair promise a relaxed introduction to some golf games and skills.

For further details, contact Andrew Richardson via andrew.richardson@foremostgolf.com or by calling 01253 354640 or 07950 287 531.

• Conditions were sunny but breezy for the Hilda Bromiley and lady president’s prize at Lytham Green Drive.

Winner was Catherine Grady (92-20=72); runner-up was Marilyn (97-21=76); best gross silver Ishbel McGill (87-7=80; best gross bronze Pat Alock (100-23=77).