JOHN Blackmore shook off an injury to become champion golfer at Colchester Golf Club.

Blackmore returned a winning score of 147 (72+75) to win the Club Championship, having almost had to withdraw the day before the competition.

After an indifferent front nine, he pared the back nine to take the championship.

He said: “After the decision to play I was relaxed and could go for it and although conditions were tougher in the afternoon I was able to keep my game together.”

Snapping on Blackmore's heels were three players on 148.

Max Maynard registered rounds of 73 and 75, Alan Sharrocks returned 72 and 76, ruing a missed two foot putt on the last and Richard Withnall shot a 71 and 77.

Withnall led after the morning's round but it was not to be as his afternoon round started to crumble at the fourth with a double, followed by bogeys on the fifth and sixth.

Sharrocks slipped in a double at the tenth but followed quickly by a birdie on the 11th but bogeys on the last two holes soured to his challenge.

Maynard’s golf on the back with two birdies and four bogeys was strong enough to give him the countback but not quite enough to force a play-off.

Daniel Nicholls claimed victory in the Junior Championship with rounds of 73 and 77 gross.

He won by two shots from Oliver Allison, whose rounds of 73 and 79 tucked him into second spot ahead of Maynard’s 79 and 77.

Charley Hatley won the Logan Trophy final, a knockout competition open to under-18 handicapped girls run by the county.

After beating Chelmsford's Bella Jay (5) in the semi-final she gave two shots to 11-handicapped Ysobel Lush from Langdon Hills in the final and won two up.

Colchester GC's ladies stableford produced big numbers, with 12 ladies beating handicap.

Thirty-four handicapper Elizabeth Reid recorded 45 points, eclipsing Bridget Whitworth (17) who scoring an excellent 42 points.

Janet Austin (24) and Judith Robertson (15) both returned 41 points with Val Doubleday (26) scoring 40 points to make up the top five.

Ernest Van Vredenburch (11) returned 40 points to win the support stableford to Colchester GC's Club Championship from Mark Westall (15), who scored 38.

John Redden was third on 37 ahead of Pete Manby (14), Martin Halls (19) and Mickey Potter (nine), who all returned 36.