Spanner strikes form to triumph in July stableford at Ludlow Golf Club

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IN-FORM Colin Spanner has triumphed in the July stableford competition at Ludlow Golf Club.

And Rob Fish also had a day to remember by securing a hole in one on the 162 yard-par-three.

Fish took the nearest the pin prize for the competition which was played in glorious sunshine and a breeze blowing down the course.

Spanner shot an outstanding score of 43 points to win the Division One title.

He shot a birdie on the first hole which was followed by seven straight pars and a birdie on the ninth for a staggering 25 points on his front nine holes.

Spanner followed it up with a solid back nine to secure his victory.

Alan Meyrick also had an excellent first nine holes, scoring 23 points, as he eventually finished second in Division One.

Meyrick fired in three birdies, three pars and three bogeys on his level par front nine holes.

On the back nine, Meyrick collected three points on three further holes but dropped points on 10 and 16 was followed by a fruitless 17th to put pay to the chase.

Completing the top three was Nick Apperley whose solid 38 points was just enough to see off Mike Gardner by a point.

Steve Price carded 37 points to take top spot in the Division Two section as only two points separated the top six players.

Price shot a very solid 18 points on the front nine which was followed by 19 points.

A wobble on 15th hole threatened to derail Price, but three points on the 17th hole ensured that even a with a dropped point on the last he had done enough to take the title.

Glynn Griffiths was second on a countback from four players.

Griffiths collected a very useful 3 points on the 17th to put him within touching distance of Price but a dropped point on the last left him just short of the mark.

Griffiths’ back nine was good enough to push John Holiday into third.

Holiday will look back at a dropped point on the difficult 16th as the one that got away.

Paul Phillips scored an excellent 39 points – four points clear of his nearest rival - to take the Division Three title.

He blew away the field and laid the base for a straight-forward win

John Hughes, with 35 points, was second and edged out Dave Davies, who also shot 35 points, but was beaten on a countback.

Result: Division One: 1 C Spanner 43 pts, 2 A Meyrick 39 pts, 3 N Apperley 38 pts.

Division Two: 1 S Price 37 pts, 2 G Griffiths 36 pts, 3 J Holiday 36 pts.

Division Three: 1 P Phillips 39 pts, 2 J Hughes 35 pts, 3 D Davies 36 pts.

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