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N.Walians bow out in semis of match.

Byline: TREVOR PEAKE

NORTH Walians Andrew Barnett and Matthew Davies were beaten in the semi-finals of the Cheshire and North Wales Matchplay Championship at Wilmslow, which was won by Freddi Valenti from Pryors Hayes near Chester.

Barnett, from the North Wales Driving Range near St Asaph, lost by one hole to Valenti, who went on to beat Paul Grannell from Vale Royal Abbey at the th S ird extra hole in the final , Grannell having defeated Davies by one hole in their semi-final.

Barnett, a member of the Great Britain & Ireland PGA Cup team that lost to the United States at The Carrick on Loch Lomond last month, started with a 3&2 win over Birchwood's Carl Edwards, then beat Sandiway assistant Gareth Jones 2&1 in the second before crushing Mark Pilling from Prestbury 8&6 in the quarter-finals.

Andrew Barnett Davies, who's an assistant at Rhuddlan and was the defending champion in the Matchplay Championship, had a bye in the first round, beat Matthew Shea of Eastham Lodge 4&1 in the second and Hale's Richard Booth by one hole in his quarter-final.

Meanwhile, former Welsh amateur international Gareth Wright won the Royal Dornoch Masters on the Tartan Tour despite dropping four shots on the last three holes. Wright posted a one-under-par 69 to win by two strokes from Paul McKechnie of Braid Hills. NEWS FROM THE CLUBS: BARRY JOHNSON (81-14-67) won division one of the October Medal at RHUDDLAN by a stroke from Ron Hayden (78-10-68) and Andrew Townsend (81-13-68) with Stuart Henderson (70) winning the gross prize. Ian Adams (88-22-66) won division two from Russell Osborne (85-1-66) and Richard Chamberlain (87-20-67). Alex Litherland (40) won a Stableford from Wayne Watkins (39) and Joe Thomas (34).

A yellow ball comp was won with 126 points by Paula Burke, Jane Hughes and Sylvia Williams, two ahead of Helen Brick, Dilys Williams and Gaynor Watkins, while Kim Irvine and Linda Vaughan (29) won an American greensome over 11 holes by five points from Mary Brown and Brenda Stephens.

ELAINE DARLINGTON (80-14-66) and Therese Gooding (75-7-68) were the winners of two medals at OLD PADESWOOD, Cath Whitield (85-16-69) and Mabel Scaife (90-17-73) taking the places behind Darlington and Julie Slater (90-18-72) and Carol Harrison (95-21-74) finishing behind Gooding. PORTHMADOG pair Arwel Williams and Denzil Jones scored 45 points to finish five clear of the field in a Senior Open at ROYAL ST DAVID'S with Wallasey's Alan Jones and Kevin McCormack taking second on a countback from host club pair Wil Evans and John Williams. Three pairs finished with 38 points in a mixed greensome, Guy Hopley and Denise Birchell winning from club captain Fred Foskett and Maggie Brown with Paul and Val Evans third.
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Date:Oct 16, 2009
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