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Withington legend makes it 15 club championships

COLIN Webb has set a new record at Withington Golf Club by winning the Club Championship for a 15th time over five decades.

Webb, who joined the South Manchester-based club as a 13-year-old junior in 1967, won his first club championship, played over 36 holes, in 1975 and remarkably made it a record total of 15 by winning this year’s competition 40 years on.

Played in tough, windy and stormy conditions, he recorded a two-round total of 155. He has now won the championship in five decades and two centuries with three in the 1970’s, five in the 1980’s four in the 1990’s, two in the 2000’s plus the most recent one.

His best score in the championship was 143 in 1983 and his best 36-hole total of 141 was in the Vice-President’s Bowl in 1982. Webb has also set several course records with the best being in a medal competition in 1979.

He said: “I got into golf by cycling with my mates along the bank of the River Mersey from Stockport into Manchester and happened to see players on what is now the 10th hole at Withington and we helped them find a lost ball. “The grateful player told us where to find more balls, which we collected and sold to a sports shop in Stockport and after doing this regularly we were eventually given some hickory-shafted clubs to play with and I got the bug and joined as a junior at Withington for just £2. It has just gone on from there.”

Club archivist Mike Casey added: “Colin’s longevity as one of the club’s best-ever players is attributable to his sound golfing technique combined with a superb positive mental approach to the game. “As well as being the oldest winner of our Club Championship Colin’s many other playing achievements include being a six-time winner of the Mersey Championship; domestic (club) handicap reduced to scratch in 1982; winner of the Hulbert Trophy at Manchester Golf Club in 1984; winner of the club’s Senior Championship in 2014; formerly a regular first team player; member of the winning Dunham Forest team in 1977; and winner of numerous club competitions and titles.

“He is now just two behind Philip Taylor’s record of 33 wins in major strokeplay competitions adding nine Spring Meeting and seven Autumn Meeting wins to his 15 championships and his aim is to overtake Philip. “Colin continues to practise to improve his game and I am confident that he will achieve his ambition.”