TALK about horse sense. Staining’s Laura Rowe has far more than most and is enjoying a hugely successful year in the world of equestrianism.
There will be a seniors’ open next Wednesday, the format being an 18-hole four-ball, better-ball stableford and the cost of entry is £25 per pair.
The Haslam Trophy then takes place on Sunday week and is a men’s singles stableford. Entry is £20 and is open to players of nine to 24 handicap.
Bookings can be made online at www.bnsgc.com or through the North Shore office on 01253 352054.
n NORTH Shore played host to the captain’s day to the ladies competition, with victory going to Christine Wheelwright on a card play-off.
Christine’s score was 86-14=72, while Kirstie Brennand was runner-up with 95-23=72.
Silver Division winner: Linda Smithurst (86-13=73)
Bronze Division winner: Sue Jones (108-36=72).
n SWINTON Park’s David Smith won the De Vere Leeds Cup, professional golf’s oldest trophy, after a dramatic play-off at Oulton Hall, beating Ben Mason (Waterfront Golf) at the first extra hole.
Smith missed the cut the James Brearley Lancashire Open at Blackpool North Shore this month and sought help from his coach David Screeton.
Round of the day was a 65 by 2007 winner John Wells, fresh from his Blackpool triumph, which saw him birdie eight of the first nine holes. It was a personal best for the Cherry Burton professional, who finished a shot off the pace.
Will Barnes (Garstang) finished six shots adrift of the winner.
n LANCASHIRE lost 11-7 to Yorkshire in the final match of the Northern Counties Golf League season at Formby.
In the process, the Red Rose county lost all hope of overhauling leaders Cheshire in the bid to win the Daily Telegraph Salver.
The last time Cheshire won the league was in 2004.
Lancashire finished second on countback, ahead of Yorkshire and Cumbria – all three had six points. Northumberland finished with four points and Durham zero.
n THE Omega European Masters, played out beneath the Swiss Alps, is the big Tour event starting tomorrow.
For scenic splendour, the course can have few equals. Defending his title will be Miguel Angel Jimenez, who won the event after 22 years of trying.
n HILLSIDE’S Richie Blundell extended his lead in the Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit to 95 points after his victory in the Mere Trophy.
n LANCASHIRE’S Alan Squires, the English Seniors Champion, is in the seven-strong squad for the Seniors Home Internationals at Woodhall Spa from September 13-15.