Jon is club champion for fourth time

JON Lester successfully retained the club championship at Werneth Low Golf Club.

The 54-year-old, pictured above, had gross rounds of 80 and 75 for a two-round total of 155 and a four shot winning margin over runner-up Chris Tipper 78 and 81 for 159.It earned Jon the Vaughan and Lester Club Championship, a competition sponsored by his Denton-based company.

Jon, who plays off a handicap of four, described conditions as challenging: “In the first round the wind and rain made it tough.

“It was the same in the second round when I putted better.”

Jon would have posted an even lower score in the second round but for having a disaster on the last when he posted a four-over-par nine.

After helping to introduce the club championship in 2005, Jon has won the major four times.

Jon, who has won other majors at Werneth Low, has been a member of the club for more than 40 years.

He lived near the club growing up and started playing the game aged 11 saying it helped keep him off the streets.

Jon, whose handicap has been as low as three, has shot a one-under-par 70 gross on the current course and 68 on the old one before it was remodelled.

The President’s Trophy, also a major, was incorporated in the opening round of the club championship, and it was won by Pete Slater, Jon’s friend and playing partner in pairs’ events.

It was an 18-hole nett competition with Pete posting 78-10-68 and sealing victory in dramatic style with an eagle three on the par-five last.

He hit a drive and three wood to the fringe of the green and then sank a 12-foot putt with those two shots picked up making all the difference as he won by two.

Pete, 45, who lives in Woodley and works for Bam Construction, has won a number of other majors at Werneth Low where he has been a member since 1997.

Runner-up was Chris Tipper (78-8-70) on the card from Reece Dooley (92-22-70).

The Stephen Gregory Trophy, a further major, was won by Warren Armstrong with a score of 75-8-67.

Steve Duff (86-18-68) was runner-up while third place went to Chris Ventress (82-13-69). Fourth and fifth places went to Tommy Thornton (88-18-70) and John Harrop (84-12-72).The Herman Ogden Cup was won by Karen Hamer (103-20-83) from runner-up Joan Mayers (114-29-85).

• Hyde-born golfer Amelia Garvey was a member of the four-strong New Zealand team that won the Astor Trophy in Canada.

Formerly the Commonwealth Trophy, the competition is held once every four years between teams from Australia, Canada, Great Britain and Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa. Each country is represented by four female players and each country contests foursomes and singles match play in a round robin format.

Amelia, cousin of Werneth Low professional Jamie Tipper, moved to New Zealand aged five.

She returned to Werneth Low earlier this year to practise before competing in the British Amateur Championships at Royal County Down, Northern Ireland.

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