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Seniors celebrate winter success
12:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014 in Sport
Andover Golf Club Seniors joined members of the other five clubs of the North Hants Seniors Jubilee Winter League at Test Valley GC to celebrate the end of another successful winter season.
The league was founded in 2002, bringing together six senior sections through the winter months. Ten players from Alton, Andover, Dummer, The Hampshire, Test Valley and Weybrook Park enjoyed the challenge and the latter was the most successful team and their captain Norman Rolfe was presented with the Brian Young Trophy by Brian Young who was a founder member of the league.
At the Presentation Day, ten players from each club competed for team, pairs and individual prizes as well as special skill prizes for nearest the pin on the par threes and longest drive on the 18th.
The Andover team of Ted Bentley, David Kettell, Cliff Baker, Mervyn Perry, Bev Blake, Jon Leckie, Des Pearce, John Sheen, Richard Gilderson and Pete Allen were the most successful with a combined total of 338 Stableford points.
Test Valley were second (323 pts) and third with 307 was Weybrook Park.
The best individual with a magnificent 40 was Des Pearce from Andover with Alan Davison from Test Valley second on countback from Les Waller Weybrook Park with 39.
Pearce and Sheen won the pairs prize with 73 combined points with Alan Davison and Geoff Atkin from Test Valley second with 72.
Nearest the pin winners were Malcolm Mortara (fifth) and Jeremy Neate (ninth) from Alton and Davison from Test Valley on the 13th and 16th holes. The longest drive on the 18th was won by John Dawson of The Hampshire.
Test Valley GC was congratulated for the presentation of the course, especially the quality of the greens and Colin Simpson received a special mention as the league administrator for bringing the season to a successful conclusion despite difficult weather late on.
The next league event will be held at Test Valley this Tuesday when four representatives from each club will play against their opposite numbers from the south of the county; Romsey, Botley Park, Crane Valley, Hamptworth, Meon Valley and Wellow in a 12 pairs better ball challenge match to find Hampshire’s strongest Seniors league of the season.