THE Golden Shot played on Saturday at West Berks was a mixed competition organised by lady captain Shelagh Forder and her husband, Kevin that supported the captain’s charity while forming part of their Golden Wedding anniversary celebrations.

Gale and Tom McAulay and Bernard Holden took first place, Deb and Alan Weddell and Jan Francis were second, while Ann and Steve Johnson and Mary Harwood were third.

Heather Green and Steve Johnson won the longest drive competitions, and the event raised more than £50 for the Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust.

Bill Vince won a closely contested midweek stableford when 10 players were within four of his winning score of 39 points. Martin Easterbrook, also on 39, was relegated to second place on count-back, while Geoff Pudner was a single shot behind in third place.

Gordon Mackinnon won the men’s Saturday stableford with 35 points, while John Bennett and Andrew Livingstone were tied one shot behind with the former taking second place on count-back.

Tony Atkins won round one of the Lambourn Trophy with a gross 86, nett 72 to take a two-shot lead into next week’s second round. Patrick Wilmore with a nett 74 took second place beating Colin Harrison on count back.

Meanwhile, Eugene McEvoy won the seniors’ monthly medal with a nett 78, beating Robin Knape on count-back. Alistair Reid was third with a score of nett 81.

In team events, the Central Sevens team halved their first match of the season at home to Drayton Gold, while the senior team lost 4-2 at home to Caversham Heath.

  • CALCOT Park hosted the spring meeting of the Berkshire Ladies Vets with 60 ladies representing 13 Berkshire Clubs taking part in the Greensomes Competition.

Calcot members and past ladies’ captains, Sonia Selwood and Marilyn Pembroke won the event with 38 stableford points.

Kathy Oatley and Pat Sprake won the front nine-hole prize with 20 stableford points.

  • AN amateur golfer from Reading is one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf.

Cathy Jones, from Reading GC, triumphed at the regional qualifier at Sonning with a nett 72 and now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August.

The winner there will be England’s female Handicap Golfer of the Year and the top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of the Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on September 6. They will be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am.

The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of the European Tour.

The Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women.

The Berkshire county captain, playing off a handicap of 8, said: “I’m local to Sonning Golf Club, so I know the course really well and I think that helped me plot my way round.

“I came with no expectation and started the first three holes with two birdies and a triple bogey. I just relaxed into my game from then and performed well.”

The 62-year-old Reading Golf Club President, Jones added: “I’ve been playing golf for more than 30 years and began playing with friends and was happy I did so well.

“I’m looking forward to Woodhall Spa.”