FRILFORD Heath chairman Alistair Booth became the first winner of the new England Golf Senior Series.

But he claimed the title by the narrowest of margins, after finishing in a three-way tie on 35 points at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire.

Booth, who plays off a handicap of six, won the competition on countback to edge out Gillian Curley (Northamptonshire County) and Alan Wilson (Romsey).

The key to Booth’s success was a strong start from the tenth, when he claimed 20 points over his first nine holes.

He said. “To come here and play in a final at the home of England Golf, and to play well and win, is what dreams are made of.”

“I don’t play as much as I would like and I should practise far more than I do, so my golf blows hot and cold, but here it blew hot.”

Booth was Frilford’s captain in their centenary year in 2008 and his local links also include being president of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Golf Union.

l KIRTLINGTON climbed to second in Section 2 of the Core Golf UK Oxfordshire Foursomes League with a 3-0 win against Chiltern Forest.

The home whitewash moved them to within two points of leaders The Oxfordshire, with a match in hand.




Section 2

Kirtlington 3 (4pts), Chiltern Forest 0 (0) (Kirtlington scores first): N Aselford & R Kennedy bt S Welfare & N Smith 1 hole, G Quainton & M Cross bt D Holland & B Allen 2 holes, J Thornett & S Chick bt T White & H Eames 6 & 4.


Men’s Open: 1 J Hamilton & M Andrews 43pts (cb), 2 A Hallett & C Sliney 43, 3 D Burton & A Halstead 42 (cb).

Richardson Cup: 1 K Salter 85-21=64 (cb), 2 I Coleman 85-21=64, 3 P Major 70-5=65.

Club match – Seniors: Oxford City 3, North Oxford 3.

Juniors – Warren Ferguson Cup: 1 J Tucker 33pts, 2 H Hall 32.

Ladies’ Medal 16 – Silver Div: 1 S Stewart 89-19=70. Bronze Div: 1 R Morris 98-29=69. Scratch Cup Silver Div: 1 S Stewart 89 (cb), 2 T Traynor 89. Bronze Div: 1 J Clarke 94 gross, 2 J Wyatt 102. High Bronze Div: 1 R Morris 98, 2 J Jones 112.


Harold Vincent Trophy: 1 S Prew 72-8=64, 2 R Poore 76-10=66, 3 S Giles 81-12=69.

Captain’s Senior Stableford: 1 I Inness 35pts, 2 J Watts 34.


Richard Pineo Shield (at Frilford Heath): 1 Scrambled Wrag team, 2 Cube 21, 3 Midfield Dynamoes.