CLUB champion Luke Northwood enhanced his growing reputation by winning the prestigious Kenilworth Classic at Kenilworth Golf Club.
Northwood, who finished strongly with three birdies in the last four holes of his second round, made the most of home advantage at the Crewe Lane course by carding two consistent rounds of 72 for a two-over par total of 144.
It secured the title, and the £450 top prize, by two shots from defending champion Owen Edwards (Llanwern GC).
Edwards looked on course to repeat his success of 12 months ago after enjoying a fine opening round of 69 but the tricky afternoon conditions took their toll and a disappointing round of 77 meant he had to settle for the runners-up spot.
Countback ensured Dean Sparrow (Kenilworth GC) finished third on 147 (77 and 70) from Louie Pett (The Warwickshire) 147 (74 and 73).
Popular Kenilworth golfer ‘Bristol’ Dave Wright won the best nett 36 hole prize with 142 (75 and 67).
Meanwhile, Tony Ranger and Nina Noon proved the perfect hosts on Captains Weekend which was well supported by more than 250 golfers who enjoyed welcome refreshments at the halfway house.
Heavy rain on Saturday morning hampered the early starters but the weather improved as did the scoring and Westley Woodhead was the overall Division A winner with 41 points from in-form Luke Northwood, who carded an impressive five under par 66 for 40 points, and Kevan Witts 37.
The Division B winner was William Slater with 39 points from Peter Tatlock 37 and Peter Eastbury 37, while the Division C honours went to Phil Jordan with 37 points from Tom Smith 36 and Paul Freelove 35.
Northwood took the best gross prize, while Phil Adcock hit the longest drive on the 12th and Tony Simons won nearest the pin on the 18th.
The ladies event saw Silver Division success for Lynn Blasdale with 35 points from Karen McKenna 32 and Cath Hoare 31.
The Bronze A Division winner was Lesley Cheslin with 37 points from Jane Adams 36 and Brigid Carrington 29, while the Bronze B Division was won by Michelle Morrison with 35 points from Diana Minshaw 33 and Cherry Matthews 27.
Emma Saywell claimed the best gross prize with MaggieSmith hitting the longest drive and Lesley Cheslin winning nearest the pin on the 7th.