Yorkshire golf: Lee Devonport refuses to be blown off course at Keighley GC - unlike president's marquee

Keighley GC president Malcolm Whitaker and wife June.
Keighley GC president Malcolm Whitaker and wife June.

LEE DEVONPORT shot 67 to win the President's Qualifier on an adventurous day for incumbent Malcolm Whitaker.

The day started with a delay caused by frost, and severe gusts of wind, rain and hail followed, which led to the marquee by the ninth tee being blown into the air, snapping its legs.

Balby Academy's, l-r, Luke Palmowski, Tom Gutteridge and Harry Emmingham with Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs president Jonathan Plaxton.

Balby Academy's, l-r, Luke Palmowski, Tom Gutteridge and Harry Emmingham with Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs president Jonathan Plaxton.

Whitaker and wife June spent the rest of the day open to the elements as they welcomed participants with barbecue food and refreshments.

Play needed to be suspended for approximately 20 minutes following another severe deluge of hail, which made putting impossible.

Despite all this, the Whitakers kept smiling to the end of the day as, on the course, Devonport prevailed by one from Pat Weatherill and Liam Houldsworth.

Division One saw Jamie Cunningham triumph on count back from Steve Murray, both with 70, and Chris Naylor won Division Two, again after a count back - from Robert Grogan - following a 71.

One shot back was Cain Canning, who edged Brian Roberts for Division Three honours on a third count back.

Nearest the pin at the eighth hole was Stewart Shackleton (5ft 2ins) and at the 14th David Atkinson was closest (6ft 5ins).

Gerry Waterhouse's 37pts saw him to victory in the Fred Binns Seniors event at Keighley, four ahead of Paul Davies and five in front of Ian Luccock.

Pauline Luccock and Mo Watkinson won the County Foursomes Qualifier on 75.5, Liz Tabel and Emma Watkinson, 79 exact, placing second.

Fulford GC's first junior major, the Spring Cup, saw the section captain George Strachan call a penalty against himself that ultimately cost him victory.

George Robson won with 40pts, the same total produced by Strachan who missed out on count back after calling a penalty on himself when his ball ricocheted back onto him.

The club's junior Stableford was won by Ben Arundel.

Rudding Park GC's Rabbits section won their first away match of the season, 3-1 at Northcliffe GC.

Moor Allerton GC's Brad Johnson won the Pro Shop Stableford with 41pts.

Balby Academy were crowned Yorkshire Schools' Golf Association's county champions at Low Laithes GC with a 75pt Stableford total.

Luke Palmowski, Tom Gutteridge and Harry Emmingham saw the South Yorkshire representatives to a four-point victory over Wolfreton. The two best scores from three counted.