Mannings team shoot 13-under-par in scramble

Mannings Heath Texas scramble winners

Mannings Heath Texas scramble winners

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Paul Gardner, Graham Hill, Bill Francis and Joe Froud carded a 13-under par 59 (nett 54.4) to win the Mannings Heath charity Texas Scramble last week.

The team, representing Surrey in the tournament where players are grouped by their regional origins, lifted the Action Medical Research trophy ahead of Will Thomas, Carole Bauckham, Paul Roberts and Keith Etheridge comprising West Sussex (4) took second place with nett 55.8 and a three man team, West Sussex (1), featuring Nigel Evans, Andy Bone and Peter Catchpole were third with nett 57.4. A three man team, West Sussex (1), featuring Nigel Evans, Andy Bone and Peter Catchpole were third with nett 57.4. Although the name of the trophy remains unchanged the beneficiaries of the event are now the current captain’s chosen charity which, this year, is Chestnut Tree House.

Meanwhile on the Kingfisher course Heath’s juniors were also posting some fine scores despite the heavy going.

Ali Crunden, playing off six, dropped just two shots to par for an excellent 40 points while five handicap Gregor Macintosh was only three over the card for 38. Crunden’s win saw him narrow the gap with order of merit leader Elliott Webster who finished third on 36.

Brenda James failed to score on two of her front nine holes in Thursday’s Ladies’ stableford but four pars on the inward half saw her pip Rita Searles on countback for the Silver division honours after both signed for 34 points, one clear of Mina Burton. Pat Griffiths led the Bronze scorers with 28 points and Marion Gibson shaded Sue Endacott for the runner-up spot on countback with 26.

The Seniors rounded off the week with their Poppy Appeal stableford which was won in convincing style by Robert Hails, playing off twenty, with an impressive 40 points and also raised £377. Twelve handicap Dave Cocker dropped just two shots to par on the back nine to secure runner-up spot on countback from Jose Capas and Robin Brown, all three carding 37.