Young golfer Gregor makes more history at Mannings Heath Masters

Gregor Macintosh receiving the green jersey from captain Steve Wild.
Gregor Macintosh receiving the green jersey from captain Steve Wild.

Having made history three years ago as the youngest winner of the Mannings Heath Masters at the age of 13, Gregor Macintosh wrote another chapter in the club’s record books on Easter Sunday by becoming the first member to win the coveted green jersey twice.

Macintosh was playing off 12 when he earned his first success, but was playing off five at the start of this year’s event and finished the 36 holes with a handicap of four.

A record entry of 88 teed off in the Good Friday sunshine on a Waterfall course looking close to its best. Chris Fern, playing off 13, carded five pars and three birdies to hold the first round lead with a superb 41 points with Rene Ventura and Adam Singleton only a point behind and Macintosh joint fourth with Brian Uttley on 39.

Some 40 players finished within ten points of the leader to make the cut for Easter Monday although a few may have regretted it after taking a second round battering in torrential rain.

Even so there was some excellent scoring amid the downpours with Macintosh, who had some of the worst of the weather, round in one over gross for 40 points and a winning 79 aggregate.

Best round of the day came from fellow junior and club champion Elliott Webster, whose 41 points off three gave him a total of 75 and earned him the runner-up spot on countback from two-handicap Steve Wright. Colin Gibson, Elliot Cloy and Ali Crunden all posted an aggregate 74.

The concurrent stableford competition for those not making the cut was won by 20-handicap Peter Catchpole on countback from Rhodri Marsden with 39 points, while vice-captain Nigel Evans took third spot with 37.

Earlier in the week the Ladies staged their popular Easter Flag event.

Silver Division leaders Lynne Jones and Doreen Dinnage both carried their flags past the 18th green with Jones finishing a mere ten yards closer to the 19th green to claim victory.

Pat Griffiths meanwhile was only ten yards from the 19th pin to take the Bronze Division honours, with Gill Redston 150 yards from the 18th green in second place.