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Lazarus looks to rise; Leonard wins Romford Scratch Open

PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 July 2015

Arthur Leonard won the Romford Scratch Open

Arthur Leonard won the Romford Scratch Open

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Defending champion bids for fifth title

Louis Lazarus will be looking to land a record fifth successive title at the Romford Club Championship at Heath Drive this weekend.

But Essex under-18 captain Lazarus will have to be at his best to fend off fellow Thornton Cup players Harrison Ellis, Dan Garner and former champion Tony Ames, who are all in good form.

Ron Bridge and Rob Smith won the Cottage Foursomes title despite heavy rain on Sunday.

They recorded a net score of 69 to pip runners-up Dean Hazell and Peter Mellon to first place.

Romford’s prestigious Scratch Open was won by Rochford’s Arthur Leonard last Friday.

The event, sponsored by local solicitors F Barnes, saw 60 of the best players in Essex compete for top honours, with county stalwart Leonard starting in stunning fashion to find himself seven under par after only nine holes.

Leonard was level par for the back nine to equal the amateur course record of 64, which gave him a seven-shot lead from George Leversuch and Tom Neal at the midway point.

Heavy afternoon rain made conditions difficult for competitors, with Leonard seeing his lead slip away as he struggled.

But a second round of 78 and a level par 36-hole total of 142 was enough for him to take the title from long-hitting Ellis, who followed a morning round of 75 with a one-under par 70 in the afternoon, the best second-round score of the day.

Zac Chegwidden also finished on 145 and was third on countback.


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