Sunday 18th September 2016 saw the 80th hosting of the Penry Trophy at Royal Lytham St Annes Golf Club. Many thanks to the club for their hospitality on the day and continuing to support this unique event. The course was in fantastic condition and with perfect playing conditions overhead, all was set for a great day.
The field was smaller than usual this year, but this did not affect the overall scoring. The front 9 saw a group of 4 players establishing some daylight on the others, all trying to track down the leader at the half, Dan Hargreaves, with a fantastic 23pts. Dan’s front nine was Faldo-esque with 8 pars and just 1 bogey, for a front nine of 36 shots. He was the man to be hunted down.
Last year’s winner, Jim Leach rallied on the back nine with 18pts, but the charge came too late for Jim. Alistair Marquis-Carr remained steady throughout the round, but a disappointing finish saw his chances slip away. That left the competition down to 2 players, Dan, and Paul Breedon. Paul’s back nine of 18pts saw him take a chunk out of Dan’s lead, but once again, Mr Breedon was the “oh so nearly man”, coming out in Runners Up spot.
Congratulations to Dan Hargreaves on his 36pts, and winner of the Penry Trophy. The Handley Cup, for players with a handicap of less than 12, was won by Jon Flitcroft.
The ladies competition for the Porter Trophy was won on a back nine card play-off by Linda Leach with 30pts. The nearest the pin, at the 9th hole, was won by Sean Kember, and the longest drive was won by Brenda Cunningham.
A note of thanks to Alan Roe, Chris Hornby, Richard Hankinson and Alistair Marquis-Carr for making their especially long journeys to be with us. I believe Alistair pipped that competition this year with his round trip from Inverness.
Wishing you all the best for the rest of this year, and look forward to doing it all again next September.