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Golf: North Wales lead race for Scratch title; ON NORTH WALES GOLF Reigning champions trailing.

Byline: Trevor Peake

NORTH Wales, who lost the division one title for the first time in five years in the Caernarfonshire Bayonet Scratch Winter League last spring, currently top of this year's table with 22 1 /2 points after three victories and one drawn match in their four games so far.

Last year's champions, Aberdovey, have lost all their three matches and trail well behind with just five points, two ahead of Bull Bay, who have lost four in a row.

Lying second are Maesdu with 16 points. After drawing their opening game with North Wales they then beat Aberdovey and Bull Bay before being beaten 4 1 /21 /2 by North Wales.

Third on 15 1 /2 points are Holyhead, with two wins and a draw from their four games, with Anglesey A fourth on 15 points with two wins and a draw from three games.

Betws-y-Coed lead division two with 14 points following their latest 5-0 win over Penmaenmawr, who are lying second with 12 points.

Royal St David's, who won 4-1 at Betws-y-Coed earlier in the season, are third with 10 1 /2 and Porthmadog are on nine.

Anglesey B lead division three with nine points, having won both their games so far, with St Deiniol and Caernarfon both on five, Caernarfon having played one game to St Deiniol's two.

After being washed out the first week, only two games have been played so far in division four.

Results - Div One: Maesdu A 5 Bull Bay 0, North Wales 4 Holyhead 1, Bull Bay 1 /2 Anglesey A 4 1 /2, Holyhead 4 Aberdovey 1, North Wales 4 /2 Maesdu 1 /2. Div Two: Porthmadog 4 Royal St David's 1, Penmaenmawr 5 Conwy A 0, Conwy A 2 1 /2 Royal St David's 2 /2, Betws-y-Coed 5 Penmaenmawr 0. Div Three: Anglesey B 2 1 /2 St Deiniol 2 1 /2, Conwy B 1 1 /2 Caernarfon 3 /2, Anglesey B 3 1 /2 Conwy B 1 1 /2 1 /3, Nefy 3 St Deiniol 2. Div Four: Porthmadog B 3 Abersoch 2, North Wales B 4 Porthmadog B 1.

THE 2003 Wales Open at Celtic Manor near Newport is expected to attract it's strongest field so far, having been switched from mid-August to May 29 to June 1, immediately after the Volvo PGA Championship at Wentworth and a week before the British Masters at Forest of Arden in Warwickshire.

``This is a plum spot on the European Tour international schedule and we are thrilled to get it,'' said tournament chairman Andy Stanton.

The purse has increased - from pounds 1.1m to pounds 1.5m - for the third year running and it is actually double the prize money of the inaugural Wales Open in 2000.

That was won by Denmark's Steen Tinning, with Ireland's Paul McGinley taking the title after a sudden death play-off in a tournament reduced to 36 holes because of rain the following year, and 1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie from Scotland winning last year.

Lawrie, who was beaten in the play-off the previous year, will defend his title and the new date could well attract top European Ryder Cup stars Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and Thomas Bjorn, who haven't played in the event before.

``Each year the quality of the entry list has got better, even though we have suffered in the past from being placed too close to top US events.

``We are confident that this date and the new prize fund will make 2003 the best Wales Open so far,'' said Stanton.

lCONWY'S Mark Sheppard continued his good run in the North Wales Alliance when he won the individual title again at Rhosneigr with 27 points and finished second in the Pro-Am on 28 with John Jones.

Winners of the Pro-Am were Northop pair Berwyn Lewis and Ian Rive, with 32 points.

Their score was matched by Am-Am winners John Paddock and Jim Jones of Hawarden.

Nick and Neil Williams, from St Deiniol, finished second with 31.

The final meeting of the autumn season takes place at Bull Bay ALUN Davies and Gareth Jones and D J Jones and Mark Roberts both had victories and second places in Winter League competitions at BALA.

In a Stableford competition vice-captain Alwyn M Roberts and I M Jones, won with 73 points, one ahead of Davies and Jones, with Dylan Evans and Daviel Davies third on 71.

D J Jones and Mark Roberts then won a second Stableford competition with 48 points from G W Roberts and E O Jones, with 47 and captain Robin Roberts and J H Jones on 45.

In the third competition, Alun Davies and Gareth Jones, playing off a joint handicap of 12*, went around in 69 for a nett 56*, one ahead of D J Jones and Mark Roberts (6911*-57*).

RHOS-ON-SEA by a stroke from David R Jones (73-5-68) who took second place on a card play-off from Tony Williams (78-10-68).

Charlie Robbins won a club Stableford with a level par 36 points, one ahead of Dave Scott with Mark Williams third a further point behind.

lTHE November medal over 14 holes at BETWS-Y-COED was won by 17 handicapper Craig Jones, who was around in 63 for a nett 46.

Second was Alan Leatherbarrow (66-19-47), with Stephen T Jones (6012-48) third.

tomorrow. Eleven handicapper Wynne Davies claimed 31 points over 14 holes to win division one of the second turkey trot at PRESTATYN by a point from club president Kevin Shufflebotham, who plays off five, with 11 hadicapper Derek Gerrard third on 30.

Division two went to 13handicapper John Lewis with 30 points, one ahead of Mike Brannagan (handicap 17), with Ray Maddaford (14) third with 28.

lEIGHTEEN handicapper Brian Hughes was around in 85 for a nett 67 to win the Autumn Medal atA YOUNG Anglesey golfer is the envy of his older club-mates after notching up the second hole-in-one of his short career.

Fifteen-year-old Kevin Mitchelmore from Hermon near Aberffraw sank his oneshot wonder while playing the 192-yard par three first hole at the Anglesey Golf Club course at Rhosneigr, the first shot of the day during a Turkey Trot competition.

``I just hit the shot and watched in fly into the hole. It was nothing special. But I was amazed when it went in and I was really pleased. I think I was jumping up and down a bit,'' he said.

The youngster, who plays off a handicap of eight, first recorded a hole-in-one during a round on the same course last year although he admitted that his ace at the 340-yard 12th hole was wind assisted.
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