Spanish bonanza for Wiltshire trio

Three top players on the Wiltshire Colts Tour last season are going to Spain shortly for a week’s coaching at Desert Springs in Spain with former European tour player Andy Beal (Salisbury and South Wilts).

That was their reward for success in the inaugural event and will serve as encouragement for players in this and subsequent years.
The winner was Matt Lawrence (Hamptworth), 20, a one-handicapper. He returned 292, two strokes ahead of three-handicapper Andrew Cooper (Cumberwell Park). Another Cumberwell player, Charlie James, was third, on 299.
Other leading totals: 301 Paul Sandry (Broome Manor), 304 Nick Korynevsky (Cumberwell Park), 314 Peter Slater (Upavon), 329 Adam Hall (Kingsdown).
The Colts’ Medal Tour was played in conjunction with the junior tour that was won by Ashley Monaghan (Cumberwell Park).
The 17-year-old three-handicapper totalled 288 from the best four scores from six medals throughout the county during the season.
He finished four strokes clear of 17-year-old Wiltshire junior champion Miles Mackman (Broome Manor) and fellow Cumberwell Park player Matt Swales, who is two years younger.
Monaghan’s best four rounds were three-under-par 69 at Wrag Barn, 72 at Tidworth, 73 at Kingsdown and 74 in the final medal at Hamptworth.
Mackman shot 71 at Wrag Barn, 72 at Kingsdown, 73 at Chippenham and 76 at Cumberwell Park, while Swales returned three-under 69 on his home course, 71 at Chippenham, 74 at Wrag Barn and 78 at Kingsdown.
Wiltshire boys’ champion Gary Haugh, 16, (Broome Manor) and Ben Loughrey, 14, son of Wrag Barn professional Barry, shared fourth place on 298.
Others: 300 John Haugh (South Wilts), 304 Ben Smith (Cumberwell Park), 308 Jason Smith (Bowood), Jody Edwards (West Wilts), Scott Ward (Broome Manor), 310 Paul Matthews (Cumberwell Park), 311 Jamie Williams (Wrag Barn), 314 Tom Ruddle (Broome Manor, 316 Brett Gallazi (West Wilts), 317 James King (Cumberwell Park), 321 Sam Matton (Marlborough), Dan Lyons (Upavon).