A bench-mark of success for golfers in winning team

The Stonyhurst Park team including captain John Hodkinson (second from the right) and the new bench.
The Stonyhurst Park team including captain John Hodkinson (second from the right) and the new bench.

Stonyhurst Park Golf Club have come out on top in the inter-club Bench League.

The club’s golfers faced players from Colne, Burnley, Rishton, Great Harwood in the competition – the losing teams contributing funds to allow the winners to buy a bench for their golf course.

The highly competitive golf fixture was formed over ten years ago and teams of eight players use a doubles matchplay with the result of each game contributing to the final league total.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Matches are played both home and away with home advantage being crucial particularly for Stonyhurst Park, so the initial 3-1 win against Colne at home was pleasing, but not unexpected.

“Conversely the 3-1 win at Colne was a revelation and a result which shot Stonyhurst Park to the top of the league.

“A hard fought draw 2-2 at Great Harwood was followed swiftly by a 4-0 whitewash against the same opposition.

“As in football, Burnley proved to be tough opposition and stopped the winning run with a 2-2 draw at Stonyhurst.

Rishton went one better beating the Stonyhurst team 2.5-1.5 at Rishton golf club, but the points picked up there proved to be crucial in the final run in. Burnley then proceeded to beat Stonyhurst 3-1 at the Glen View course and the title looked to be slipping away.

“Sadly, Rishton overwhelmed Burnley 4-0 which meant that the title went to the last match between Stonyhurst and Rishton, crucially on the manicured fairways and tight greens of Stonyhurst Park.”

Stonyhurst had to win at least 3-1 to take the trophy for the first time and team captain, John Hodkinson, encouraged his team to recapture their early season form. The team went on to win all four games, 7 and 6, 5 and 4, 5 and 4 and 1 up, to give them the match 4-0.

The spokesperson added: “Throughout the competition, Stonyhurst used 16 golfers, playing all their games in a great spirit, with real enthusiasm and some skill. Nigel Smith was nominated as player of the season as he played in every match and contributed an excellent win percentage.”