IAN Wilkie has extended a remarkable 100 per cent record in the Thornbury Golf Centre Club Championship by landing the title for the fourth year in a row.
Wilkie has played at the public pay-and-play facility since 2009 and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, as he is yet to finish anywhere but top of the leaderboard in the annual competition.
The one-handicapper scored 72 and 75 this year to win the 36-hole competition by five shots.
His closest rival and runner-up, John Stubbs, scored five-over-par 76 on both days, while third place went to Nicholas Gore, who climbed eight places with a second round of 75 to accompany his first day’s 81.
The fiercely contested Championship consists of handicap and gross events for both the men’s and ladies’ section on the 6,308-yard Marlwood Course.
The ladies section had its biggest turnout in the club’s history with 25 entrants for the two-day tournament.
The 2003 winner and last year’s runner-up, Jill Sewley, carded a gross 78 and 84 to be crowned Ladies Club Champion for the second time and Karen Reeves’ consistency, scoring nett 74 on both days, was rewarded with the Nett Trophy.
Prizes were also awarded to seven-handicapper, Henry Campbell, who carded 143 in total to win the Best Nett Score Overall and to Nick Ramshaw, whose nett 69 earned him the title of Best Sunday Nett Score.
Thornbury general manager Melanie Drake said: “The Club Championship is a highly anticipated event on the Thornbury calendar and it’s fantastic to see such a high standard of golf being played.
“I’d like to congratulate all the winners, particularly Ian on his fourth successive title and Jill, returning to winning ways.”
• Thornbury Seniors held an Open Stableford Competition which drew 121 entries from 24 clubs across the South West.
Atrocious weather on the day reduced the field to 90 who braved the rain and strong winds. The early starters had much the best of the conditions so it was a notable performance that Thornbury member Peter Dawes took the veterans prize with a fine 38 points despite playing in the last group of the day, when standing water on the greens nearly forced the competition to be abandoned.
Only two of the field returned a higher score – Rhodry Bradley-Jones from Stinchcombe, who won Division One with 40 points, and Ian Copley from Filton with 39 points to win Division Three.
Results – Division One: 1st R Bradley-Jones (40); 2nd John Warren 38, Thornbury.
Division Two: 1st Patrick Evans 37, The Kendleshire; 2nd Mark Curtis 37, Stockwood Vale.
Division Three: 1st Ian Copley 39; 2nd Terry Gregory 38, Thornbury; 3rd Pat Hawkins 36, Thornbury.
Tony Gaynor (Thornbury) was runner-up in the veterans section with 37 points.
The weather was only slightly better for the Millennium Medal when club chairman David Manser made light of the conditions to card a fine nett 65 to finish five shots clear of any other competitor and eight shots below the standard scratch for the day.
Results – Division One: 1st Dave Manser, 2nd Brian Jones 72, 3rd Mike Bostic 74.
Division Two: 1st Andrew Carter 70, 2nd Lew Morgans 74; 3rd Ralph Seaton 75.
Division Three: 1st Ralph Hawker 73, 2nd Keith Moss 75, 3rd Colin Wootton 75.