Phil celebrates first major at Stamford Golf Club

ANDREW Bent paid tribute to playing partner Phil Easter as the pair won the JD Schofield, the last golfing major of the season at Stamford.

“Phil played well over the last five or six holes, and that tipped it in our favour with the shots he was receiving,” explained Andrew who captured the last two majors of the season after his recent success in Captain’s Weekend.

While Carrbook-based Andrew, 45, has now won 23 club majors, this was the first time he had triumphed in the JD Schofield.

“I partnered Phil in the JD Schofield for the two previous years when were were second and third so it was third time lucky,” he explained.

It was 34-year-old Phil’s first major success at Stamford.

“It was a really nice feeling and I was over the moon to win. Some players never win a major, but I have managed it in five years,” he said.

It was a mighty close finish in the four-ball bogey competition with four pairs recording a score of 10 up against the course.

And Andrew and Phil, who also lives in Carrbrook, had a lengthy wait as the result of the back six holes card play off was not announced until the following day.

In second place were father and son, James and Jamie Hughes, third were Mike Shockledge and Bob Oag while fourth place went to Kevin Duffy and Jamie Chadwick.

Phil, a factory operative with Standring Brothers, was following in the footsteps of brother Chris who won the JD Schofield last year. Chris also won Vice President’s Prize this season.

“There is a bit of rivalry and it is nice to keep it in the family,” he joked.

Finals day for the two knockouts are scheduled for September 30 – October 1.

But arrangements have been complicated and have yet to be finalised due to Tony Cavanagh being in both finals and Spencer Yates having a golfing trial at Stirling University in Scotland.

When the events take place, Cavanagh will take on Yates in the singles club championship while brothers Phil and Chris Easter play James Woodcock and Cavanagh in the doubles club championship.

The monthly medal saw Kevin Duffy win division one with 70-6-64 from Jamie Chadwick (67-1-66), Peter Jackson (79-12-67) and Gareth Chadwick (75-8-67).

Mark Antolak (77-16-61) was the runaway winner of division two from Andy Swift (78-13-65) and Martyn Taylor (82-17-65).

Clear victor in division three was Chris Deacon (81-18-63) from Neil Angus (84-18-66) and Dennis Batty (92-24-68).

The senior captain’s competition, a Stableford, was won by David Salisbury with 42 points. Runner up was David McManus (39pts) while Terry Seward, Phil Stafford and Clive Barnes returned 38.

Winners of a four-man Texas scramble were Gary Foster, Mark Smith, Steve Moores and Will Fox with a score of 54.3.

Runners-up were Neil Angus, Keith Walker, Michel Grainger and Phil Hudson who returned 55.3 while third wee Simon Reynolds, Mark Bridge, Mike Liddle and Roger Harrop with 58.1.


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