LYTHAM Green Drive head greenkeeper Doug Chilton had double cause for celebration.
He has won the principal open competition of the season – the Green Drive Trophy – at his home course for the second year in a row, a remarkable achievement.
He prevailed in a 73-strong field.
There were several golfers playing off plus handicaps notably Paul Kinnear, from Formby (plus two) – he had recently represented England Boys in the home international’s at Royal St David’s Golf Club and was using this as a warm-up before representing Great Britain and Ireland in the Jacques Legalise Trophy match in Spain.
After the morning round there were joint leaders – Kinnear and Chilton, on 68.
The final round saw Alec Davies, from Inskip, return a leading score of 140 that lasted until the final groups came in.
Chilton returned a nett score of 71, piping Davies by one shot.
At the end of the competition, Chilton earned admiring remarks all round, not just for his golf but for the standard of the course and, in particular, the condition of the putting greens.
Club secretary Ian Stewart said: “Long-standing members of the club have commented that the greens are the best they have ever been.”
There was a milestone victory in the Junior Green Drive Trophy.
Late entries swelled the field to a respectable 53 entries and in a close finish, the competition produced the first girl champion since the event was inaugurated back in 1973
The winner was Emily Shea, from Fairhaven GC, who won with a score of 81-15-66.
Whiteside Cup, winner, Kevin Smith (81-17-64) second David Haltom (75-10-65) third Jim Cooper (85-19-66 after a card play-off)
Best gross: Simon Deny 71
Hospital Cup invitation: Dave Sully and Alec Davies, 49 points; Mark Colvin and Graeme Baillie 46 points, Mike Marsden and Andy Marsden, 44 points.