THURLESTONE Golf Club hosted their men’s Club Championships on Saturday and Sunday with Gross and Nett trophies on the line.

Steve Pike (-1) prevailed across the 36 holes, shooting 76 and 74 for a total score of 150, and received the Jubilee Scratch Vase as a result. Toby White and Chris Jones weren’t far behind at all, scoring 151 and 153 respectively.

The Handicap Champion was Dan Cunningham (4), his two rounds of 80 and 76 adding up to 156. Dan’s prize was the Sir Harold Parkinson Cup.

There was plenty of junior representation in the championships with vice-captain William Hoskins and captain George Inch leading the way, shooting 158 and 161 respectively.

Moving on now and the ladies played a President’s match on Friday against Staddon Heights. The team were greeted by challenging conditions but the result was a positive one for Thurlestone, winning 4.5-2.5 with captain Pam Adams in a buoyant mood, saying a big ‘well done to the team.’

Thurlestone ladies prize winners on the Cancer Charity golf day
Thurlestone ladies prize winners on the Cancer Charity golf day (Contributed)

Another ladies' competition took place on Wednesday 12 June, under cloudless skies. There were more than 40 in the field for the annual Memorial Cancer Charity Day; 1-2-3 Stableford Cha-Cha-Cha, shotgun start followed by lunch and a prize giving.

Assistant professional James Knight was standing by on the 6th tee and the ladies had the option to pay for him to take their tee shots. One of his 42 tee shots finished so close that it really should have dropped into the cup for a hole-in-one, if only!

The straightest drive on the seventh was won by Maggie Best, whilst Sue Duguid claimed the nearest the pin on the 17th and nearest the pin in two shots on the first was won by Tricia Swindell.

Sally Huntley, Sheila Fairley and Irene Lowry were the winning team on 89 points, ahead of Liz Barker, Trish Gledhill & Melanie Adcock (87pts) and Wendy Stewart, Christine Price & Katherine Lawrence (85pts). £410 was generously raised for St. Luke’s Hospice.

TGC hosted the Senior Golfer’s Society once again- the oldest international golf society, dating back to 1904 in the USA.

This year saw 10 pairs take part on the Monday and nine on the Tuesday, playing in a foursomes format. This is claimed to be the purest form of golf by SGS members and is the sole format they play as a group. As this is an unfamiliar format to many of our Thurlestone members, it's always an interesting challenge to source a competitive team.

The Thurlestone team fought valiantly on the first day to draw 5-5 and then won the day on Tuesday, coming out on top with an overall score of 10-9. On the Monday, a ladies’ match also took place, this being drawn 2.5 apiece.