DELAMERE Forest’s Gemma Clews has won the Comboy Leveret competition for the fourth year in a row.
The trophy takes the name of Carol Comboy OBE, who was a member of Delamere Golf Club for 55 years.
Comboy only took the game up at the age of 35 and attained a scratch handicap within two years of taking up the game, going on to become a true legend in ladies' golf.
She had superb success winning the Cheshire Ladies Championships six times before going on the achieve great things at national and international level.
She was captain of England ladies in 1975 and 1976 and then chairman of England selectors in 1976, GB and I Vagliano team captain in 1977 and 1979, British team captain in the Espirito Santo Trophy in 1978, British team captain in the Commonwealth Championships in 1979, Curtis Cup captain in 1978 and 1980, president of ELGA from 1983-1985 and president of the LGU from 1992-1994.
Her services to golf were recognised with the award of the OBE in 1995.
She presented the Comboy Trophy to the Cheshire LGA in 1975 as a county 36-hole scratch competition then in 2014 it became the Delamere Comboy Scratch Trophy.
An open 36-hole scratch competition, it immediately attracted a national field and in 2015 it was added to the England Golf list of Order of Merit competitions to attract an elite entry of golfers and again Clews was the winner – as she was again last year.
In 2017 it was awarded world ranking qualifying points when it linked with the Formby Leveret to form a new 72-hole combined competition known as the Comboy Leveret.
The event was blessed with stunning weather, the greens were very quick and the competitors loved the course and played some amazing golf.
Clews led after round one with a six-under par 67, two shots clear of Lily May Humphreys (Stoke by Nayland) – a 15-year-old playing off a best-of-the-field handicap of +3.6.
Clews had four birdies and an eagle in round one and she drove the par-four eighth hole (349 yards) which no one at the club had ever seen before to finish on 67.
In round two she had six birdies and an eagle with a double bogey for a second round of 67 which was matched by Lilly May who had six birdies in her round to finish just two off Clews' fantastic return of 134, which saw her win the coveted trophy again.