Axe Cliff latest - Old Timer Alan Vincent wins the Lavarack Stick

PUBLISHED: 15:04 20 May 2019

Alan Vincent (left) with Axe Cliff vice captain Rob Grove each have a grip of the original hickory stick, presented to the club in 1977 by Frederick Lavarack. Picture DAVE BRUCE

Alan Vincent (left) with Axe Cliff vice captain Rob Grove each have a grip of the original hickory stick, presented to the club in 1977 by Frederick Lavarack. Picture DAVE BRUCE

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Just for a change, age was on Alan Vincent's side when he won the famous Lavarack Stick last Friday at Axe Cliff against fierce competition, writes Dave Bruce.

One of the conditions of the competition is you have to be 70 or over on the day of the event.

No-one knows his true date of birth, but it is rumoured that he is, at least, 80, but looks, and is built, like a 65-year-old.

The Lavarack stick, is an old hickory walking stickpresented to the club in 1977 by Frederick Lavarack, who was a long standing and popular member and he strongly felt that the over 70s needed to have a chance of winning a coveted trophy so came up with the age requirement!

Rab Cutler, the Axe Cliff Senior's captain from 1976 to 1978, who was himself 70 plus, thought it was a marvellous idea, but never won it! Alan was pushed all the way by younger members Mike Wickens and Dave Lacey.

All three had 35 stableford points, but Alan had the best back nine leaving Mike and Dave taking second and third places respectively.

Alan appears to be having a bit of a purple patch as he also won Wednesday's Roll-up which had a field of 19.

Played over 15 holes, Alan's winning score was 25 points. Malcom Reynolds, who is starting to show some return to form, was second with Terry Atkins, showing his undoubted potential, taking third spot. Nick Povey won Monday's meeting with an excellent score of 26 points.

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