ADAM Malone (16hcp) was crowned champion in the Blagrave Trophy at Calcot Park after shooting a nett 71 on Saturday and a brilliant 66 the following day to prevail by four shots.

The change in weather conditions from the glorious heatwave to high winds and driving rain made playing conditions extremely difficult, but Dave Hubble (70 and 71 for 141) also impressed as runner-up.

Vice captain Darren Gatward, managed third place with a 71 and 72 for 143.

The best gross score on Saturday was struck by George Wilson (72), with Harry West’s 75 the lowest in the second round.

Out side those on the podium, the best nett score in round one was achieved by Andy Carey (68), with Simon White’s 72 the lowest on Sunday.

  • STEVE Cowan and Jessica Churchley of Tyrrells Wood took first place in a wet and windy mixed open at West Berks with 41 points.

Just one point behind were Mick Gregorace of West Berks and Sam Masters of Broome Manor who beat Seif Morbi and Jo Grieve of Newbury and Crookham on countback to take second place.

Lin Kay of West Berks and Anne-Marie Gane of Donnington Grove with 39 points beat Andy Quick of Royal Winchester and Deb Weddell of West Berks on countback to take fourth spot.

Ken and Sharon McIntyre of Drayton Park won the prize for the best front nine with 20 points, while Kay and Gane returned the best back nine with 21 points.

Roger Gaskell took first place in a high-scoring midweek stableford with 46 points. Graham Miles was second with 42 and Darren Galbraith a further point back in third place.

Jack Findlater returned a fine 41 points to beat in-form John Harris to win the Saturday stableford. John Bennet took third spot with 38.

There were eight qualifiers in the Wednesday Liddiard nine-hole competition. Daniel Taylor returned the best score of the day with 24 points, while Lloyd Ponsford and Billy Nicholson had 22, Jason Kendal and Lee Nicholson 20 and Trevor Rogers, Geoff Dominy and Keith Wilkins all scored 19.

The seniors halved 3-3 in a very closely-fought contest at Donnington Grove.

This replicated the score at the home fixture earlier in the year, so West Berks retained the ‘Cer am dano e’ Trophy played between the two clubs in the memory of Elfed Davies.

He was a founder member of West Berks and secretary at Donnington Grove when he died 10 years ago.

West Berks lost in the Central Sevens Golf League 4½-2½ at Feldon Valley.

  • SENIOR captain John Blair (12hcp) won the Captain’s Prize Medal at Theale with an excellent nett 68.

Close behind was Dave Clark with 85, nett 70 edging out Matt Hallett on countback.

Steve Pirouet shot the lowest gross score of the day with 78.

  • SONNING Vets earned a 3-3 draw in their friendly against Hartley Wintney.

John Kick and Paul Cain secured a half in the opening match, but the omens did not look good when David Valentine and Dave Fidler, and Paul Gold and Tom Morrison, were both beaten.

However, a half for Derry Lewis and Alan Watts and then wins for John Allen and Bob Farquhar, and Richard Bianga and Graham Swatridge ensured a share of the spoils.

Sonning 2nds suffered a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Henley.

Ben Sheffield and Mike Hardy were beaten 5&4 in the top match, but Sonning got on the board with halves from Mick Hardyman and Trevor Smith, and Lewis and Morrison.

Andy O’Sullivan and Richard Castle won comfortably 4&2, but Rod Barrett and Elliot Hodges (5&4) and Alan Jennings and Andy Keer (4&3) were both well beaten as Henley triumphed.

Sonning 4ths lost 3½-½ against Maidenhead, John Simmonds and Chris Deevey the pair who achieved the half.