Gary scoops four golf majors in one month

GARY MELLING has won four golfing majors at Crompton and Royton in an amazing spell of little over one month.

The Saddleworth School sports teacher’s victories in the club championship and Holden Cup were reported in last month’s Independent.

Gary and Christine with their trophy

The 43-year-old has since added the Mixed Knockout and Howard Trophy to the impressive array of silverware collected – he has now won 20 golfing majors.

Gary partnered Christine Rimmer to victory in the final of the Mixed Knockout defeating club captain Barry McCloughlin and Jennifer Kenworthy 3 and 2 in the final.

A week later Melling snatched the final major of the season when his 68-2-66 in the final qualifying medal gave him the Howard Trophy, awarded for the six best domestic medal scores of the year.

Gary’s scores of 64 66 68 68 68 and 69 equated to a five-under-par gross total of 415 giving him a winning net total of 403.

Runner-up was Dave Pearson on 405 with Andrew Simpson, in third, also on 405.

Gary had trailed by two shots going into the last qualifying medal. It is the third time Gary has won the prestigious Howard Trophy with the most recent of his wins coming in 2013.

Gary has finished the season with a handicap of 1.3 and will look forward to 2017 where he will compete in scratch events at the likes of Lindrick, Wallasey and Royal Birkdale.


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