Joanne at the double

SERIAL winner Joanne Akers captured her second major of the season at Stamford Golf Club with victory in Lady President’s Prize.

The NHS worker from Greenfield, who once won all five of the club majors in one season, had a round of 84-10-74 to triumph after a card play-off with Lesley Green (103-29-74). Third was Judith Whitehead (105-29-74).

Joanne Akers major winner

“It was strange that the following week Lesley beat me in a card play-off to win a Stableford,” explained Joanne.

Joanne, who also lifted the Centenary Trophy in June, has been in a rich vein of recent form having also won Lady Vice-President’s Prize which is not a major.

In that competition, she amassed 35 points in the Stableford, two clear of runner-up Sheila Forshaw. Third was Susan McGinnety (31pts) on the card from Judith Whitehead.

Joanne, 54, whose lowest handicap has been nine, admitted it is becoming harder to win majors due to the increased strength of the women’s section at Stamford with membership far greater than it was not many years ago.

• The Sycamore Trophy, for the five best gross rounds in majors, was won by Jamie Chadwick by a landslide margin.

His total of 344 was 20 shots clear of runner-up Simon Reynolds. Third and fourth places went to Carl Varey (365) and Kevin Duffy (366).

The Castle Trophy, for the five best nett rounds in majors, went to Carl Varey (339) from second-placed James Woodcock (340).

Third, fourth and fifth were Phil Bradwell (341), Simon Reynolds (341) and Leigh Williams (342).

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