PRACTICE made perfect for Craig Peate who won his first major at Stamford Golf Club after lifting the Lowe Trophy.
The 34-year-old, who only took up golf two years ago, attributed his success to having lessons most weeks from Paul Jenning at Bishop’s Park, Oldham.
Despite his victory, the electrician believes he could have done even better and requested short game lessons as he believed he could have shot a round lower than 65 had he putted better.
Craig, who began playing after initially going with friends to the driving range at the Trafford Centre, shot a round of 83-18-65.
“It was the best round I have ever had off the white tees which were as far back as possible, but it would have been ever better had I putted better as from tee to green it could not have been much better,” he explained.
Craig, who lives in Carrbrook, admitted to being surprised when his nett 65 took the lead.
“I had a couple of hours wait and there were a 66 and 67 posted, but nobody could match my 65,” he said.
Craig, who added he wished he had taken up the game earlier, only felt confident enough to begin playing competitions in the winter.
In his earlier days, Craig was a keen footballer, a goalkeeper for the Rifleman and striker for the Buckton Castle.
Craig’s score of 83-18-65 was one shot clear of runner-up Sam Hudson (77-11-66).
Third was Steve Finan (75-8-67) on the card from Steve Moores (72-5-67) and Rick Margrave (77-10-67).
The best gross scores were 72 recorded by Steve Moores and Josh Ainscough.
There was also a first major victory for Chris Etchells in the Rawson Cup and Gold Medal with a score of 86-23-63.
It was a seven-under-par nett score for the 23-handicapper from Stalybridge who only took up the sport after being persuaded by an old school friend and his boss at work.
Chris, a technical manager for a lift engineering company, put his success down to a week playing golf in Portugal.
“I was more relaxed going into the competition and everything fell into place and I was more confident and consistent. I was getting to greens in regulation,” he explained.
Chris was a talented footballer who played as centre half for Tameside schools and had trials at Manchester United.
He had to give up football in his late teens following a head operation as he was forbidden to do contact sport so he took up windsurfing and racing sailing dinghies.
He was one shot clear of David Thurstan (87-23-64) who was runner up on the card from Jon Perks (69-5-64). Fourth was Chris Deacon (82-17-65) on countback from Peter Grogan (77-12-65).
In the May monthly medal Ryan Jones (77-12-65) claimed the first division prize from Simon Reynolds (72-5-67) who was second on the card from Keith Dockerty (73-6-67).
John Sharples (83-16-67) headed division two from Peter Grogan (81-13-68) and Thomas Howe (86-17-69).
David Mills (91-23-68) topped division three from Craig Peate (87-18-69) and David Thurstan (92-23-69).
In the Summer Chase series of competitions, Adam Carr won the second week event with 42 Stableford points on the card from Kevin Duffy.
Duncan Chase (42pts) claimed top spot in Summer Chase week three from Jamie Chadwick (41).
Week four of the Summer Chase saw Danny Jebb triumph in the Stableford with 42 points from second-placed Rob Irving (37).
The ladies’ May medal was won by Judith Whitehead (107-31-76) from Joanne Akers (89-11-78) and Nikki Pimlott (114-36-78).
Marjorie Harrop (110-36-74) was the victor in the ladies’ final medal from Joanne Akers (86-11-75) and Kimberley Mulvaney (102-22-80).
Stamford suffered heartbreak for the second successive year at Bolton Old Links in the Dunham Forest Trophy.
The match was tied at 3-3 with Stamford’s Carlton Weldon losing the deciding match at the second extra hole.
It was the same result as last year when Stamford lost 4-3 with that deciding match settled on the second extra hole.
Stamford are through to the third round of the Manchester Alliance’s Archie Preston Mixed Foursomes after winning away at both Styal and Davenport.