THE Ross On Wye course has a reputation as being a tough one for visiting teams and so it proved as Cirencester Seniors fell to a 6-2 defeat.

The margin of defeat disguises a rather closer contest, aside from two ties all of the other matches were closely fought.

Ciren’s only win came from John Canty and Gordon Stone against Roy Lipscombe and Pat Waldron. Other points coming from two halved matches between Roy Lipscombe and Pat Waldron as well as Alan Diamond and Graham Morgan.

John Pugh and Patrick Moylan took their match to the last hole as did seniors captain Clive Bennett and John Parsons but both eventually lost out.

Elsewhere Ogbourne Downs Golf Club are offering free lessons to encourage new players to take up the sport.

In conjuction with May’s National Golf Month, Ogbourne are running coaching courses for juniors, adults, ladies and seniors from Saturday, May 10 with lessons for under 18s from 10am and adults from 11am. The next batch of lessons will be on Tuesday, May 13 with ladies’ lessons at 11am and coaching for seniors at 2pm.

Ogbourne’s general manager John Edwards said: “The scheme is specifically targetting new people to the game.

“Currently someone with no golfing experience would have no route to membership. The scheme looks to break down these barriers and allows us to attract complete novices.”

For more information about Ogbourne’s free golf lessons contact the club at 01672 841327 or visit their website