Nearly man Tom is finally crowned club champion

AFTER several near misses, Tom Turner finally captured the Vaughan and Lester Club Championship at Werneth Low for the first time.

And there was no doubt about the result as the 24-year-old had a landslide 12 shot margin of victory.

Three-handicapper Tom had two gross rounds of 75 over two weekends for a two-round total of 150 in the scratch event.

Runner up was Matthew Morrison (162) on the card from third-placed Matt Foster and Kevin Tipper who had the same score.

Tom, who was raised on Joel Lane, Gee Cross, said: “This is the competition I wanted to win. It usually goes to Jon Lester who until recently was the lowest handicapper at the club.

Tom Turner

“It was great to finally win the club championship and also become the lowest handicapper at the club.”

And Tom, 24, who works as a valuer for Stalybridge-based property and land company Aspin & Co, followed up that success with another major the next weekend.

Tom, a graduate in property management and real estate from Salford University, and Paul Adshead won the doubles matchplay with a 6&5 victory in the final against Steven Penney and Mark Swainson.

They also won the event in 2019 – it was not held last year – and will be bidding to complete a treble in 2022.

And Tom’s rich vein of form also saw his team finish runner-up in the Willow Wood Golf Day which was held at Werneth Low.

The team also included Tom’s grandfather Bob Meeks, from Mottram, who is in his eighties and who introduced him to golf as a 14-year-old.

Tom, who now lives at Hoyland, Barnsley, had previously won three majors at Werneth Low, the Eric Madden Trophy in 2017 and 2018 and the Millennium Shield in 2020.

In the club championship, Alastair Smith had the best gross score in the opening round with 77 while Pete Slate’s 77 headed round two.

Simon Armstrong (42pts) had the best nett score in the opening round from Dave Stearns (39), Vlad Andrukanuec (37) and Daniel Armitage (36).

The best nett score for round two came from Colin Greenhalgh with 71. Second was Lynton Mayers (73) on the card from Mark Downs. Fourth was Dave Fletcher (74).

Knockout finals day saw Matthew Peters crowned men’s singles champion as he won the President’s Putter.

Tom and Paul Adshead were doubles champions, the mixed doubles honours went to Lynton and Joan Mayers and the seniors’ champion was Richard Giddings.

In Werneth Low’s doubles open, Chris Hyde and Luke Daniels triumphed with 44 points in the Stableford.

It was a remarkable competition with only one point separating the top seven pairs.

Also amassing 44 points were runners-up Roger Latchford and Ian Reeves, Dave Batho and Paul Brooks.

Then on 43 points were father and son Barry and Ben Wheatley, Steve Duff and Alan Tidmas, Richard Giddings and John Harrop, captain Iain White and John Wallwork.

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