No joy for Greg Owen in Farmers Insurance Open

Poor opening and closing rounds of 75 and 78 cost Greg Owen dearly in the Farmers Insurance Open on the PGA Tour last week.

He made the cut after a second round 67 lifted the Coxmoor golfer up the leaderboard, but after a third round of 71, his week was ruined with a closing 78 to leave him down the field on three over par.

After missing out on a start in last week’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship Oliver Wilson, also of Coxmoor, has an invitation to this week’s Commercialbank Qatar Masters at the Doha Golf Club.

In Rufford Park’s Winter Eclectic Round Six on Sunday the First Division was won by Barry Alambritis after a countback with Russ Griffiths, both players with 42 points, one clear of third-placed Lee Mellors.

Mark Dudley won Division Two with 44 points followed by Ian Kirby with 43 points and Melvyn Homer on 42 points.

Division Three was won by Lindsey Walkman with a best-of-the-day 45 points, three clear of runner-up Mathew Back with Dave Bennett in third with 40 points.

In Saturday’s Round Five Steve Swindells won Division One with 42 points, two better than Alistair Kirby and Russ Griffith.

Neil Turner carded 44 points to win Division Two by two from Dave Hardy with Dennis Hoult a further two points off the pace in third.

Richard Bradford Jnr topped Division Three with 43 points followed by Kenny Bridgett on 40 points and Jim Harvey with 39 points.

Round Four of Oakmere Park’s Saturday Golfer of the Winter Round Four Two-Man Texas Scramble went to Phil Lee and John Macmillan on the back six from Tony Eaton and Scott Froggatt, both with nett 56, with the pairing of Scott Wynne and Keith Hoskins taking third on the back nine from Paul Tomlin and Frank Loach, both pairs with nett 57.5.

In Sunday’s Golfer of the Winter Round Four Betterball Stableford, first place went to Mark Scothern and David Oldfield with 41 points on the back nine from Roland Eaton and Paul Thresher and Glenn Hayward and Craig Pearce (41 points) with Robert White and Michael White in fourth on 40.

Division One of Monday’s Seniors’ Stableford went to Bob McEwen with 43 points, four ahead of Henry Klapkowski.

In the Second Division John Osbourne also recorded 43 points to take the top spot with John Wilson in second with 38 points.

Tony Smedley won Division Three with 40 points, three ahead of Kevin Pateman.

Simon Hill returned 45 points to win the First Division of the Wednesday Stableford with Glen Hayward winning Division Two with 40 points while the Third Division went to Timothy Walker, also with 40 points.

Julie Walkden and Tracy Aslam carded 29 points to win the Ladies’ Betterball Stableford by one from Margaret Villiers and Colette Mullen.

At Mansfield Golf Club the Pairs Betterball Stableford was won by Kevin Bell and Ken Wagstaff with 41 points, two clear of runners- up Tony Hunt and Russ Smithurst.

The Notts County Ladies’ Golf Association are looking for a junior county girls organiser.

They have a thriving junior girls section with a very willing, helpful and supportive junior committee, but need a junior organiser to act as the focal point and help with fixtures, team selection and to be the main contact for junior girls.

At the moment, they have training/coaching events at Rufford Park, together with league matches throughout the summer months.

Members of the committee are willing to oversee the coaching and help with matches, but a contact is required to liaise with neighbouring counties etc.

If you have good administrative and inter-personal skills with an interest in junior golf they would really welcome an opportunity for further discussions.

Please contact Bridgett Patrick for more information at bapatrick@btinternet.com.