REECE Hobson is still savouring his first major win at Denton Golf Club after lifting Mr Captain’s Trophy.The 25-year-old triumphed by a four-shot margin in the 36-hole competition which was part of Mr Captain’s Weekend.
Reece completed the competition in style with a birdie three at the 36th hole, though victory had already been secured.
“It was a nice way to finish with everybody watching on the clubhouse balcony. One of my mates captured it on video and I must have watched it 100 times,” he said.
Reece had 72-4-68 and 73-6-69 for his two-round total of 137 which was four shots clear of runner-up Joe Nuttall and third-placed Gary Barber who both had returned 141.
He was one over par gross in the opening round when he had two birdies, one bogey and 11 pars in a row. In the second he was two over gross with three bogeys and a birdie on the last.
Reece pinpointed the 10th hole in the second round as being pivotal to his success.
He flirted with danger and was fortunate to get a free drop after his ball ended up close to the road.
After what he described as “not the best chip” he sank a 15-foot putt for par.
“It was my best putt of the year. I was two over par at that stage and had I gone three over the round could have spiralled out of control,” he explained.
“The course played as tough as it could possibly do.
“The pins were tucked away in difficult positions and the greens were firm. It was a case of plodding on and it was a case of playing steadily over the two rounds.”
It has been a season to remember for Reece who was also a member of the ‘A’ team which won the league and cup double in the Oldham & District League.
Reece is also a member of the team that has won through to finals day in the Dunham Forest Trophy on September 21.
He began his playing days aged 19 at Werneth, where he won one major, the Grasshopper Trophy in his second season.
Reece, who works delivering exercise rehabilitation programmes, has worked tirelessly to reduce his handicap from 21 to four since taking up the game.
He plays up to five times each week and has had lessons from Denton professional Jimmy Lister and Stamford pro Mark Smith.
Linda Leung was a clear winner of Mr Captain’s Prize to the ladies.
The recently retired restaurant owner shot nett 76 off her 23 handicap to finish four shots clear of runner-up Trish Ferguson. Third was Pam Wiseley with 85.
Linda, 60, only took up the sport six years after going to watch a friend practise at American Golf.
She was persuaded to take up golf after admitting she had no interest.
Linda has never looked back and this was her third major. Two have been in singles and the other in a pairs competition.
Mr Captain’s Prize to the Juniors went to junior captain Piersson Smith from runner-up Dylan Somerville.
The Birch Cup, a bogey competition, was won by Mohammed Nadeem with a score of five up against the course.
Runner-up Alan Dugdale was three up and third-placed David McIlroy two up.
The John Barlow Cup will be determined by a play-off after Nigel Doyle and Henry Winstanley both returned 41 points in the 18-hole Stableford.
The Past Captain’s Shield, a greensomes format event, was won by Paul Lyon and Anthony Rimmer with a score of 63.8.
Runners-up were Graham Rose and Mark Alexander with 66.2 while third with 67.8 were David Rowles and Robert Livingstone.
The men’s open was won by Nigel Brookes and Damian Travers, runners-up were Martin Shore and A Burton while third place went to Darren Beckford and Paul Griffin.
Denton’s Geoff and Laura Thomas won the mixed open after amassing 41 points.
Runners-up Andy and Ann Wild and third-placed David and Alison Gledhill, both from Rochdale, each had 40 points.
The monthly medal was won by Andy Naismith with nett 65 from runner-up Rob Livingstone (67) while Dave Collinson (70) was third.
• Denton have won through to the finals day in the Manchester & District Golf Alliance’s Dunham Forest Trophy.
The semi-finals and final will be held at Dunham Forest on September 21.
Denton, whose side will comprise professional Jimmy Lister and the club’s six lowest handicap players, have beaten Dunscar, Hazel Grove, Rochdale and Hart Common to reach this stage.
• Lady captain Edith Rooney and Francesca Bougen have won through to the last 16 of the Daily Mail Foursomes.
The latter stages of the national knockout will be held at Slaley Hall, Northumberland, between October 6-8.
The Denton pair have successfully negotiated seven rounds to reach the last 16.
• Denton clinched the Oldham & District League ‘B’ team title in the most dramatic manner imaginable.
They took on Castle Hawke at neutral venue Dukinfield in a winner takes all title decider.
Denton were 2-1 down with the remaining two matches uncompleted due to the fading light.
They had to return four days later when Denton claimed in both matches, as each went to sudden death, to snatch a 3-2 victory.
Paul Kissimi and Steve Jenkinson triumphed on the 21st hole while captain Steve Bracken and John Regan’s match was settled at the 22nd hole.
“As captain, it was not good for the nerves. What a way to win the league,” explained Steve.
The players who have featured in the success have been Mark Riding, Mark Hart, Mark Zander Alexander, Darren Beckford, Amir Nazir, Paul Kassimi, Phil Beard, John Reagan, Mike Burgess, Dave Watson, Steve Jenks, Steve Bracken, Paul Cutler, Tim Mags, Tony Maguire, Rob Huyton, Kevin Brearley.