Smart work lifts county prize for family pairing
FATHER and daughter Dean and Shelby Smart from Knowle won the County Adult/Junior Foursomes Championships at Chipping Sodbury.
They shot 79 in difficult conditions to claim the Eric Scott Cooper Salvers gross award by two shots from Craig Jefferies and Josh Denley (Chipping Sodbury), who beat Will Hart and Lawrence Howliston (The Kendleshire) on countback.
Home pair Daryl Griffee and Jason Blue lost on countback to Rob and Claudia Ovens (Cotswold Hills) scoring 73.5 in the nett section. Greg and Alex Van Laun (The Bristol) were third on 75.5.
Clevedon's Sandra Jones, pictured, provided the highlight in a 6½- 3½ win over Shirehampton in a mixed friendly when her drive on the 13th hole hit the flagstick and dropped into the cup.
The Kendleshire came within a point of qualifying to represent Gloucestershire in the final of the national Junior Team Championship at Woodhall Spa in August.
The team of Lawrence Howliston, Alex Ault and Dan Palomeque were pipped by host club Forest Hills.
Painswick's Kenny Overthrow, with 42 points, won the individual morning prize and Long Ashton's Nathan Moore took the afternoon award with a day's-best 43 points.
Jemima Gregson, the 15-year-old Gloucestershire county player and Knowle member, competed in the Scottish Girls under-16 championship at Strathmore. Rounds of 81 and eight-over-par 80 left her 15 shots behind the winner.
Will Warman (Bath) won the Somerset under-14 title at Frome with a round of 75.
Luke Collins (Mendip Spring) was the leading local player in final qualifying for the EuroPro Tour at Frilford Heath. He carded 73, 70 and 75 for a two-over-par 218 total.
Saltford's Shane Winstone's revived professional career started moderately. After an opening 70, he followed with 76 and 75 to finish 91st. Charlie Cossins (Bath) was placed 79th from two 74s and a closing 72, while former Somerset county amateur Ashley Mansell (Clevedon) missed the cut after shooting nine-over-par for two rounds.
Chew Valley School pupil Victoria Watts, 16, from Bishop Sutton won the Somerset juniors Spring Meeting at Burnham and Berrow with a seven-over-par 82. Her handicap was trimmed from 12 to ten, while her Farrington club-mate Michaela Chivers was third.
Worlebury professional Gary Marks shot a first-round 66 in the club's Pro Trophy event, with Tony Westren the only player to beat him.
But Marks only carded 74 in the second round, allowing another 32 players with scores of nett 73 or better to qualify for the final on August 19. New first-team captain Chris Davidson was not among them, despite carding an albatross two on the 508-yard 15th hole. Matt Blackman, 67, and Gary Freeman and Frank Hopkinson, with 68s, were the best.