Cole leads the way at Mannings

Mannings Heath’s Jen Cole continued her hot run of form with one of the best rounds of the year in the September LGU Pendant.

Cole carded a seven-over-par 80 including ten pars and a birdie, which netted down to 65 to leave her five clear of Sam Barnes, who signed for a nett 70 off her 18 handicap. Third place in the Silver Division went to Gilly Ewers with 76.

Junior Anna Sowerby was best of the Bronze Division with nett 77 off twenty-six, Margaret Edwards, 82, and Carole Bauckham, 83, claiming the other places.

In Saturday’s men’s medal, Brett Norris carded a fine nett 70 off eleven to lead Division One despite four dropped shots off the last three holes. Ryan Manvell and Andy Wakefield were his nearest challengers with nett 74 and 75 respectively. John Gleaves with nett 75 just pipped Brian Uttley for the Division Two honours on countback, claiming the Agate Trophy as winner of the club’s Order Merit

Sunday saw another victory for last week’s Dinner Cup winner Bob Marksman, his nett 71 off seven just edging out Ed Roberts and Nigel Greenwood on countback. Fourteen handicap Steve Wild returned the same score to head Division Two ahead of Alan Johnston and Geoff Lodge.

The Seniors rounded off the week on Monday with a rain-soaked medal, big-hitting Eddie Searles taming the sodden fairways with an impressive nett 69 off ten that included three birdies to claim the Ed Woodhouse Memorial Trophy. Nigel Billingham was runner-up with nett 71 and Norman Bayne third a further shot behind. Josie Woodhouse, Ed’s widow, presented the trophy and the event raised £280 for Macmillan Nurses.