Youngster Chris Blunden wins Sandford Springs title

Chris Blunden celebrates victory in the Sandford Springs Club Championship.

Chris Blunden celebrates victory in the Sandford Springs Club Championship.

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

TEENAGER Chris Blunden claimed a comprehensive victory in the Sandford Springs Club Championship.

The youngster led after the first day thanks to an opening round of 74 (+3), before extending his lead on the second day, shooting a one-under-par score of 70 to end the event with a two-over-par total of 144.

Stephen Choles was six shots back in second after carding two rounds of 75 (+4), with Gerry Penfold a further two shots back in third. Penfold took 79 (+8) in the first round but was much improved second time around, shooting 73 (+2) to fly up the leaderboard.

Another young player, Tara O’Herlihy, retained her junior title at Basingstoke Golf Club, with Daniel Charsley coming out on top in the nett competition.

Hartley Wintney’s team of Jamie Hobdell, Chris Warman, Phil Welch and Jan Newman claimed victory at the Promethean Cup, an annual mixed fourball event held at Royal Winchester. The two pairs managed a total of 78 points, beating 23 other clubs and winning by three.

Back at Hartley, the club’s Open Stableford was contested by 132 players over the course of two days. Tom Dowe was the winner thanks to a haul of 45 points, two better than Duncan Bailey and Elliott Walker, with Walker getting second place on countback.

A nett round of 66 (-5) gave Ben Cornwell victory in the July Midweek Medal, finishing three shots clear of nearest rival Shaun Lewis. Tom Winder was awarded third place on countback.

Weybrook Park member Tony Turner is celebrating after recording a hole-in-one on the 174-yard par-three 10th at his home club. The 17-handicapper won a limited-edition BOSS watch to mark his achievement.

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