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Ludlow Golf Club's Tris Clare wins Clare Cup in memory of father Norman
TRIS Clare has re-written Ludlow Golf Club history after winning the prestigious Clare Cup in memory of his late father, Norman.
Tris is the first Ludlow golfer to triumph in a club honours’ board tournament in memory of a family member.
He teamed up with Mike Gardner to defeat fellow Clare Cup finalists David Bound and John Cox on the 19th hole.
Tris has been a member for almost 53 years and was captain in 1987 and president in 2005.
Tris’ g randfather, Tom Clare, and Tom’s son, Norman Clare, joined Ludlow Golf Club shortly before the war.
Norman, a scratch county golfer for Worcestershire and captain of Stourbridge, was captain in 1963.
The Clare family donated the Clare Cup in Norman’s memory in 1981 to be played for as a singles medal competition.
Tris and his dad were keen foursomes players and, in 2007, Mike Gardner said the cup should be competed for in a more testing format.
Tris and Mike found themselves three down after 10 holes in this year’s final. However, the pair hit back to square going up the 18th.
The duo made a meal of the 18th and were happy to come off with a half to take them down the 19th.
After Mike’s good drive, Tris hit a four iron on to the green. Mike took a 20ft putt to within a few inches which was conceded for par.
David and John made bogey, handing the coveted title to Tris and Mike.