THIS year’s championships for seniors and ladies at Theale Golf Club attracted a large number of entries.

The competitions, unlike the club championship, which is played off scratch, were played via the stableford format and helped to bring up numbers, as even high handicappers were in with a chance of their respective titles.

It was also played on an excellent autumn day and with superb course conditions, but there was a strong west wind which made some holes a little more interesting.

The seniors’ competition was closely contested with Martin Desmond putting in the highest score of the day with 41 points to take first place.

Runner-up was Les Freeman with 39 points and taking third spot, with 38, was club captain Kris Hallett.

Liz Royston-Smith, at her first attempt, won the Ladies competition. Susie Fountaine was runner-up.

IT was a good week for West Berks’ Georgie Seaman, who followed up winning the ladies’ midweek medal on Tuesday by winning the first round of the ladies’ Gillas Cup on Saturday in defence of the title she won last year.

In the medal, a gross 102, nett 74, beat Aileen Summers by a single shot with Jane Wilmore taking third place with nett 80.

In the first of the three rounds of the Gillas Cup, Seaman's 35 points relegated Mary Harwood to second place on countback. Gale McAuley was third with 33 points.

Andrew Greaves romped home in the men’s midweek stableford with 41 points, five clear of Greg Collins in second, while Robin Knape was a further five points back in third spot.

Peter Gelernter also shot another good score in the men’s Saturday stableford, returning 40 points to win by four points from Derek Smith. He beat Collins on countback to take second place.

The West Berks’ Saturday representative team lost its season-long, unbeaten record last week at Goring and Streatley, but were given an early chance of revenge when they played at home to the same opponents on Saturday.

It was a chance they took to the full, running out comfortable 4-1 winners.