Joseph shines

Joseph Grocott of Fairhaven Golf Club winner of the Fylde Amateur Junior handicap championship
Joseph Grocott of Fairhaven Golf Club winner of the Fylde Amateur Junior handicap championship

A LYTHAM golf startlet has captured a top title.

Joseph Grocott, 14, who attends King Edward and Queen Mary School, and plays off a 17 handicap, won the Fylde Amateur Junior Handicap Championship at Green Drive with a net 66.

A large field of youngsters from clubs throughout the Fylde took part – it is 29 years since a player from Fairhaven has won the trophy.

Meanwhile, the Ashton Trophy, the principal open competition of the season at St Annes Old Links was won by ‘an old boy’ Sean Nicholls, now at Pleasington, but formerly with the host club.

He won with rounds of 74 and 75, his three over par total in testing conditions being one one shot better than Prestbury’s Daniel Osbaldeston.

The Ashton Trophy has been going for 98 years and it was only the First and Second World Wars that ever halted it.

Nicholls was understandably delighted to have his name inscribed on the honours board in the clubhouse, particularly as he was a previous member at Old Links and hopes to turn professional soon.