LEIGH Golf Club’s ladies made full use of home advantage to win a prestigious championship which was celebrating its 100th year.

They beat off strong competition from six neighbouring clubs to ensure the ladies’ District Championship remained at the Culcheth course.

Their overall gross team score of 691 was enough to see off second-placed Wigan Golf Club (717), with Dean Wood (719) coming in third.

Leigh’s Nicola Martin also picked up the best individual gross score of the competition as she finished on 158.

With Covid throwing this year’s competition into doubt after the 2020 running was cancelled, the drive of Leigh’s lady captain Helen Pennington and the organising committee helped it to go ahead.

As well as Wigan and Dean Wood, Ashton-in-Makerfield, Hindley Hall, Gathurst and Haydock Park Golf Clubs also competed for the prestigious trophy, which was first played for back in 1921.

Tributes were also paid to Leigh’s head greenkeeper Rob Ainscough and his team for ensuring the course was in immaculate condition for the competition.