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Two course records broken in a weekend

GOLF: IT WAS a weekend for record breaking on the golf courses in Hyndburn.

IT WAS a weekend for record breaking on the golf courses in Hyndburn.

Accrington greenkeeper Trevor Foster broke his own course record with a round of 62 at Accrington Golf Club. And Carl Green's 65 at Baxenden GC was also a course record by one shot during Saturday's Council Trophy.

Trevor's previous record was 63 in 1996 but he went one better in the Sunday's Acorn Trophy to clinch the Northern Order of Merit for the third year running. "I bogied this first hole so I didn't have a lot of hope of doing anything," said Trevor. "And the conditions weren't perfect, it was windy.

"But then I birdied the 2nd and 3rd and had a run of birdies on the 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th and then 15th and 16th. I knew I could break the club record and this one means more to me than in 1996.

"The trees are a lot more mature now, they are a lot bigger. I didn't go into any but there is always the chance that I could knock it in there and that is why this record means more."

And he admitted the spur to breaking the course record was to get over the disappointment of being rested for Lancashire's match on Saturday.

"They said they wanted to play some of the younger lads but I have played 103 matches for Lancashire and lost 31 so I think that speaks for itself. I just hope I get back in contention."

Carl, meanwhile, has the lowest handicap at Baxenden GC and plays off two. He took the record off Anthony Wood who held it for a year over the new course. Carl had held the old course record with 65.

And he also has the distinction of being one of the players who found boa constricters on the course last year!

"I got 13 pars and five birdies and I needed to birdie the last hole so it was tense," said Carl. "I had gone out in 31 - four under par - so I knew I just had to carry on playing the same way. I did play it safe on the last five or six holes as it was tight. It is a nice feeling to do it though and an achievement to be proud of.

"Anthony was the first person to congratulate me the morning after so that was nice."


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