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Masters Championship success at Theale for Martin Renton

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Theale Colf Club’s Masters’ Championship is really a champion of champions competition for only those who have already won a competition at the club in the past year are entitled to enter.

Not only that, it has to be a Board Competition, that is to say one where the winner’s name is recorded on the club’s Honours Board in the club house.

Although rain was expected, the weather remained dry and warm for October and with the course in excellent condition, perhaps as to be expected, the scoring was low and close.

Lee Barrett and Martin Renton
Lee Barrett and Martin Renton

Sean Kimmins scored an excellent 68 but missing a four-inch put, cost him the championship and he had to settle for runner-up.

Martin Renton, who joined the club after his previous club, Bearwood, was sold to Reading FC for their new training ground, had also scored a 68 and after a countback on the back nine he was declared the winner.

Meanwhile, the team comprising Greg Collins, Simon Barrie, Darren Boulton and Liam Bint won the Corbridge Air Ambulance Cup at West Berkshire GC with 91 points.

Steve White, Dan Bowsher, Christy Whelehan and Chris Prior were second with 89 while Giles Feltham, John Harris, Mark Motion and Bob Ekins were third on 87.

All entry fees in this annual competition that this year totalled £560 are donated to Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Following the third and final round, Jane Brackenbury is the overall winner of the Gillas Cup, a competition in which the best score of the first two rounds is added to the score in the final.

Gale McAuley won the third round with 36 points and was followed by three-way tie on 34 that was resolved in the order of Brackenbury, Sandy Miller and Tina Mulford on countback.

Brackenbury took the title thanks to 40 points from Round 2 that gave her an aggregate score of 74.

McAuley was second with 66 and Mulford third on 62.

John Harris won the men’s senior medal with gross 86, net 71.

Trevor Rogers with gross 97, net 74 beat Paul Barton, gross 93 net 74, on countback to take second spot.

Countback was also required to resolve the men’s Saturday stableford when Andy Yates claimed first spot from Charles Overton when they both scored 38 points.

Simon Brown was a point further back in third place.

The first two matches in the new season of the M4 Seniors Winter League resulted in a 2-2 draw away at The Downshire and a 4-0 victory at home against Sherfield Oaks.

The annual match between the seniors and ladies for the Chris Green Trophy ended in an honourable 3-3 draw while the seniors completed their 2021 summer friendly fixtures with a fine 3½ to 2½ away win at Ogbourne Downs.

Harris holed in one on the seventh hole in the Corbridge Cup while Brian Holmes aced the same hole in a friendly match on the following day.

This makes a remarkable total of eight holes-in-one at West Berks in a little over four months.

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