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Lucky 13 for North West golfers

NORTH WEST association was the clear winner of the 1998 Thomas Telford Golf tournament. The 13th annual playing for the trophy, at Ganton Golf Club near Scarborough, was hosted by the Yorkshire association on

3 September.

In second place was Edinburgh & East of Scotland association with South Eastern a shade behind. Ganton is described by this year's organising committee chairman John Tirrill as 'a very challenging inland links course famous for having staged the Ryder Cup'.

Full results and pictures are published on the internet site which apparently has attracted inquiries from the US about 'a new form of winter sport'.

Winners were:

First; North West Association (with 189 Stableford points) John Hughes, Mark Smith, Steve Tart and Richard Broun.

Second; Edinburgh & East of Scotland (185 points) Ian Scott, Allan Gray, Allan Shaw and Denis Wheelhouse.

Third; South Eastern (also 185 points with decision on back nine holes of the four singles by one point) Russell Calderwood, Mark Sewell, Peter Leach and David Wicham.

Foursome winners:

First; Glasgow & West of Scotland (40 points) Ian Murray and John Fleck.

Second; Yorkshire (38 points) John Tirrill and James Dalton.

Third; North Western (37 points) Steve Tart and Richard Broun.

Singles winners:

First; Edinburgh and East of Scotland (38 points) Denis Wheelhouse.

Second; South Eastern (38 points) Peter Leach.

Third; South Eastern (36 points) Russell Calderwood.

Longest drive was Howard Richings of Southern and nearest the pin was Gerald Smith of Midlands at 3.88m.

Sponsors of the tournament were John Mowlem together with Thomas Telford Ltd, NCE, the Civil Engineers' Club, Pell Frischmann Consultants and NetConstruct.

Next year's tournament is being organised by Bob Giles of South Western Association and will be played at Bowood Golf Club, Wiltshire in September 1999.

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