DENTON were beaten finalists in the Manchester and District Golf Alliance’s Dunham Forest Trophy.
The club, four times winners of the knockout, had been chasing a first triumph in the competition since 2000.More than 100 clubs entered the competition and Denton won through to finals day at Dunham Forest where the last four fought out the finale.
Denton beat Bramhall Park 5-2 in the morning semi-final but went down 4.5-2.5 to Nelson in the final.
James Simpson was a major winner after lifting the Sleigh Cup.
It was a surprise as James, 31, only took up golf in January to help quit smoking after which he became “addicted” to the sport.
James was surprised to land a major so soon.
He said: “I had been struggling with nerves in competitions but recently members have helped me.
“I have been playing in competitions with some really good lads who have settled my nerves.”
James, who played off a handicap of 27 at the time of the competition, sealed victory in the last two holes.
At the par four 17th he scored a par which, together with two shots received, ended up an albatross one nett.
Then at the par-four last James, a senior design engineer, scored a gross par for a nett birdie.“The 17th was the hole which won me the competition. I always seem to finish strongly on the last two holes,” he explained.
James, whose handicap has been cut to 25, was a keen amateur footballer and boxer until a serious shoulder injury, which required surgery, ended those activities.
The Vets Cup, for those aged 55 years and older, was won by vice-captain Charles Taylor with a nett 70 on the card from Trevor Taylor and Alan Painter.
Lady captain Edith Rooney and Francesca Bougen were this week taking part in the finals of the Daily Mail Foursomes at Slaley Hall.
The pair have come through a series of local and regional rounds to make the last 32 of the world’s largest amateur golf tournament.
They were beaten 4&3 in the last 16 by Redditch pair Janice Kerr and Vivienne Cranton as their winning run finally came to an end.
Former Derbyshire county champion Francesca, a plus two handicapper, and club-mate Edith, who plays off 27, formed a winning combination.
Edith was full of praise for Francesca, saying: “I have a quite formidable partner. She is so confident. It is probably the nearest I will come to playing with a professional golfer. It’s been a delight to watch.
“She plays an entirely different game from me, but our partnership certainly seems to work.”
Francesca was 2016 county champion and runner-up this year.
Finals Day was postponed on Sunday, September 29 through a waterlogged course.
The finals have been rescheduled over the next three weeks.
They are the 36-hole Victory Cup, 36-hole Mixed Knockout, 18-hole Whittaker Bowl and 18-hole Shannon Trophy.