Morecambe seniors win back shield

Senior golfers from Morecambe have won the annual triangular golfing challenge with their rivals from Lancaster and Heysham.

Friday, 15th July 2016, 4:30 am
The Morecambe team: Front row (left to right): Club Captain, Paul Halpin, John Oliver, Rory Callan, John Feather, President, Geoff Pickles. Back row (l-r) Billy Morris, John Kelly, Doug Reynolds (reserve), David Dale.

Enjoying home advantage, the Morecambe seniors won back the much-coveted Triangular Shield which they have now held for three of the last four years.

Six golfers from each club were involved in an absorbing tussle with little separating them until the final game when Morecambe ‘rookie’ John Oliver came home in a stunning net 63, a score that was good enough to give his club a six-point victory over holders Lancaster with Heysham third.

Later in the clubhouse, Lancaster Golf Club captain, Mike Tonge handed over the shield to his Morecambe counterpart, Paul Halpin and paid tribute to the ‘spirit’ of the event.

The triangular match was an important date in the local golfing calendar and he was so pleased with the comradeship and friendship shown by all involved.

Mr Halpin was also full of praise for the golfers. He had been present throughout day and was mightily impressed by the way all the players had conducted themselves.

“It was a great event and one which we are extremely proud to have won,” he added.

Morecambe: Billy Morris (net70), John Feather (75), David Dale (75), Rory Callan (75), John Kelly (81).

Lancaster: Christopher Foster (70), Tom Rickerby (70), Des McBride (73), Ray Thompson (76), Michael Gray (77, lowest gross score), James Graham Jardine (82).

Heysham: Terry Hoare (68), Malcolm Humpage (76), Mick Croft (76), Pete Hampsey (76), Ray Adams (79), Steve Patten (81).

Finals scores: Morecambe 358, Lancaster 366, Heysham 375.