THERE have been some close finishes over the last week or so at Skipton Golf Club, none more so than in the Captain's Day battle between Duncan Ward and Chris Payne in Division One, with the latter pulling off something very special.

Ward and Payne tied on 39 points, but the former made a birdie on the difficult 17th that proved decisive.

But Payne could take some consolation as he recorded his first-ever hole in one at the sixth.

His perfectly struck six-iron tee shot covered the flag all the way on the 186 yard hole, so much so that he called it in the hole before it pitched on the green.

The men’s captain, Ian Sewell, held these Captain's Day events and as well as Ward and Payne's epic battle, there was plenty more action.

The winner of the Ladies competition was Joanne Robinson on 39 points, which produced a suitable reduction in handicap. Marie Burnham, though, ran her close just a couple of points further back.

The Seniors event top spot went to Gordon Whinkup with 40 points, but again only after a countback, with Robert Lee on the same score.

In the men’s section contest, Division Two winner was Paul McGowan on 38 points.

In Peter Robinson’s Professional Day competition, it was Harry McEneaney who came out on top in Division One with a score of 42 points, which just beat Jeremy Harding on a countback with both on the same mark.

Division Two winner was Michael Dudley on 41 points, one ahead of Robert Elliott.