Will swoops to win after eagle shot

WILL Corless pinpointed a fabulous eagle two at the 15th hole as pivotal to his golf major victory in the Vice President’s and Morris Medal at Stamford.

The 20-year-old gas engineer chipped in from 120 yards at the par four hole in the second round of the 36-hole competition as he claimed his first major.

“That was the difference,” explained Will who only triumphed after a three-way card player as he was joined on 136 nett by Carleton Weldon and James Woodcock.


Will Corless

Will had rounds of 79-8-71 and 73-8-65 for 136, his second round two only two over par gross.

And he also attributes his success to recently playing with Stamford professional Mark Smith in a pro-am.

Will, whose handicap has been reduced to seven, said: “I have been playing my best-ever golf and been hitting the ball better than I ever had.

“Mark had a word with me in the pro-am and told me I needed to take it more seriously. Since then everything has clicked into place.”

Will, who has scored three holes-in-one, has been a member for seven years after taking up the sport as his father was a member at Stamford.

As for future ambitions, Will says it is to become a scratch golfer.

Runner-up Carleton had rounds of 75-6-69 and 73-6-67 for 136 while third-placed James’ 136 comprised 71-6-65 and 77-6-71.

James’ 65 was the best score in the opening round while in the second that honour went to Steve Bardsley with 81-17-64.

The Wood Bowl, another major, was won by Alan Booth, against after a card play-off.

Alan, a 52-year-old bench maker from Hattersley, edged out Michael Thompson after both returned a score of five up against the course in the bogey competition.

He revealed it was a terrific back nine that earned victory.

The 10-handicapper said: “I parred each of the nine holes on the pack nine – I have not had nine pars on the trot for a long time.

“I was level par on the turn and won all five holes on the back nine.”

Alan has won three other majors, the Cheetham Cup and President’s Prize twice.

He has been a member at Stamford for 10 years having taken up the game after finishing playing football.

Alan says his goal is to reduce his handicap to single figures “something I can’t quite manage”.

One hole behind on four up against the course were Craig Leech, Peter Wilkinson and Michael Grainger.

Vice Captain’s Competition, a Stableford, had a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard with 39 points.

Winning on the card was John Jones from second-placed Anthony Cavanagh and Alan Booth.

First division winner in the monthly medal was Keith Dockerty (71-7-64) from Rob Irving (72-7-65) and Keith Barber (72-7-65).

Division two saw Luke Devlin (79-15-64) triumph from Philip Lord (82-16-66) and Jack Bent (81-15-66).

Craig Leech (91-27-64) won division three from Tommy Taylor (88-21-67), Nicholas Rabbeth (87-19-68) and Chris Exton (91-23-68).

• Lady Vice President’s was won by Joanne Akers with 31 points in the Stableford from Jacqueline Froggatt (27) and Judith Whitehead (26).

Jacqueline went one place better triumphing in the monthly medal with a score of 102-35-67 from Judith (106-31-75) and Marjorie Harrop (117-36-81).

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