THERE was disappointment for both of Spalding Golf Club’s Scratch League teams.
The 1st team, despite winning their final match convincingly, just missed out on the league title and the 2nd team agonisingly failed to get the point they needed to avoid relegation to the second division.
The 1st team beat Burghley Park GC 4.5-1.5 and, although finishing level on points, their main rivals Stoke Rochford thumped Boston 6-0 and – with a superior games won ratio – are the champions.
Winning pairs for Spalding were Andy Grimwood and Lloyd Chatham 7&5, Mark and Ollie Mitchell 5&3, Steve Wade and Gavin Merrison 2&1, and Mal Wray and Keith Hearne 1up. Dan Hines and Chas Lacey halved their game.
The 2nd team put up a brave fight going down 3.5-2.5 away at Sleaford.
It was a nail-biting finish, their fate only being decided with the final putt on the last green.
Winning pairs for the visitors were Phil Tweddell and Mark Cooley, and Carl Reedman and Hugo Kedzlie. Pete Clark and Jason Houghton halved their game.
The last Bank Holiday Texas Scramble of the season was very well supported with 31 teams of four taking to the field.
The winning quartet was Rob Sampson, Kevin Siddle, Cliff Harrison and Dave Fitter, scoring a nett 55.4. Steve and Jo Wade, Trev Laud and Jackie Bailey-Scott just took second spot by a fraction of a stroke from Andy Grimwood, Phil, Millie and Hannah Thorold.
Completing the leaderboard in fourth place was the team of Janet Earth, Rob, Hugo and Matilde Kedzlie.
The 3rd team’s latest social match against Seacroft GC at their Skegness course ended honours even in a 3-3 tie.
The best performance came from Simon Rothwell and David Bergmann who were three down after four holes played but stormed back to win 4&2.
Andy Richardson and Alan Jackson won their game convincingly 7&5 with the other point coming from two halved games by Dave Fitter and Rod Filby, and Mike Murphy and Phil Smith.
Spalding fielded a strong team in a club social match, also at Seacroft GC which resulted in a convincing 5-0 win with one game halved.
The winning pairs were Mark and Ollie Mitchell 6&4, Peter Clark and Geoff Skinner 3&2, Carl Reedman and Nick Illingworth 3&1, Rob and Hugo Kedzlie 3&2 and Raich Growdridge and Tony Simpson 1up. Trev Laud and Miles Foden halved their game.
• Ladies’ section: The Sunday August medal had dry but windy conditions and was won by Sue Matthews with a nett 74.
She reduced her handicap by one to 19 as well as being the gold medal qualifier. Winning the bronze category was Hannah Thorold with a nett 76.
The August medal was played in much more benign conditions and was won by Angela Hunt with a superb nett 70. She qualified for the gold medal as well as reducing her handicap by two to 20.
Lesley Plumpton won the silver division with a nett 72 and also had a handicap reduction from 14 to 13.
Sutton Bridge GC
Results: Ladies and Seniors’ Texas Scramble: 1st Roy Fox, Stan Poulton, Beryl Stockton, Janet Groves 62.5; 2nd Andy Parks, Norman Davis, Ralph Harding, Fid Cropper 63.2; 3rd Tony Adkins, John Cropper, David Matthews, Margaret Fox, 63.8; 4th Keith Robinson, Dick Drawbridge, John Cross, Brenda Bell 64.0. Nearest pin 2nd/11th - Brenda Bell. Nearest Pin 6th/15th - Margaret Fox.
King’s Lynn Ladies 4 Sutton Bridge Ladies 0 (Sutton Bridge - Beryl Stockton and Linda Searle; Ann Cross and Peggy Ellis; Jane Rose and Margaret Fox; Wendy Fenner and Brenda Barton).
Mixed Open Day: 1st Claude and Suzy Martin (Ryston Park), Michael and Sue Ward (Swaffham) 82pts; 2nd John Double (Milton), Lynda Double (Spalding), Tom and Anne Edwards (Milton) 79pts; 3rd David and Louise Briggs (Mundesley), Richard and Margaret Ong (Eaton) 78pts ocb. Nearest pin: Gents - David Briggs (Mundesley), 128in. Ladies - Elaine Norman (Thorpe Wood), 117in. Twos: John Double; Peggy Webster; Michael Ward; Barry Irwin; Brian Hall; Crystl Skelton.
Sutton Bridge Seniors 5 Feltwell Seniors 1 (Sutton Bridge - Ray Page and John Cross won 2up; Stan Poulton and Don Robinson lost 4&2; Roy Fox and Roger Williamson won 3&1; Harold Shingleton and Noel Clare won 2&1; Peter Wailes and Peter North won 4&2; John Williamson and Chris Shipp won 2&1.
Mixed Foursomes: 1st Roy Fox and Jane Rose 31 pts; John Aitken and Margaret Fox 30pts; John Cropper and Suzanne Aitken 28 pts.
Seniors’ Open Day: 1st John Williamson (SB) and Ken Mace (King’s Lynn) 50pts; 2nd Tony Read and Douglas Eakins (Middleton Hall) 48pts; 3rd Nevile Overman and John Woodward (Newmarket) 44pts; 4th David Tate (Hunstanton) and Don Robinson (SB) 43pts; 5th Alan Harvey and Charles Donnison (Stoke Rochford) 42pts ocb. Nearest pin 2nd/11th – Charles Donnison (S/R). Nearest pin 6th/15th – Paul Jackson (Tydd St Giles); longest drive 9th/18th – Charles Donnison (SR)
September Medal: 1st Jeannette McEwan 89-13-76; 2nd Ann Cross 103-23-80; Margaret Fox 100-19-81. Best scratch – Jeannette McEwan.
Toft Hotel GC
TOFT A’s disappointing home defeat to Sleaford has seen them finish second in South Lincolnshire Golf League.
The 4-2 loss left Toft one point behind Sleaford.
Result: Robert Creasey and Nick Welsh won 1up; Nick Garland and Ian Mitchell lost 3&2; James Joyce and Graham Burns lost 2&1; Emile Van Der Merwe and Adam Freear lost 3&2; Shaun Stubley and James Del-Planque lost 4&2; Scott Freer and Dave Whisker won 4&2.
South Lincolnshire 2011 Junior League Finals were held at Toft on August 24.
Four league finalists competed to represent the South of County against the North. The junior teams were Tydd St Giles, winners Belton Park, Boston West and Greetham Valley.
Other results: August Bank Holiday Stableford: 1st Gareth Voyle 40pts; 2nd Roy McAllister 39pts; 3rd Nick Garland 39pts.
Seniors’ Captains Day: 1st David Parsonage 41pts. 1st guest - club captain Chris Elsey 38pts. Division One - David Sharp 40pts. Division Two - Nigel Turnbull 39pts. Longest drive - Mal Nicholls. Nearest pin on 3rd - (guest} Paul Simmons (club vice-captain); (senior} Nev Adamson. Nearest pin on 10th - Bernard Peel.
Toft Seniors 4.5 Rutland County Seniors 3.5 (Roger Shead/Bill Collins won 5&4; David Sharp/Nigel Turnbull won 1up; Tony Haslam/Graham Hughes lost 4&3; Phil Miller/James Everitt won 6&5; Collin Pearce/John Davenport halved; Jim Wildish/Paul Asher won 2&1; Paul Stark/Joe Durno lost 2 down; Mal Nicholls/Lionel Tupholme lost 3&2.
Tydd St Giles GC
Tydd St Giles A team clinched the title in South Lincolnshire Scratch League by a single point.
A 3-3 draw as they completed their season at Thorney Lakes secured promotion to Division Two for 2012.
Team captain Ken Doughty said: “The commitment from all players in 2011 has been great and we look forward to the new challenge in Division Two in 2012.”
Over the season the team won six matches, lost three and drew one.
Last match results: Link Gostic and Andy Betts lost 1 down; Jamie Stott and Malcolm Stead lost 5&3; Tom Brooks and Tim Hines lost 7&5; Leigh Chapman and Luke Rowell won 2&1; Paul Chaplain-Barton and Rod Drew won 5&4; Kevin Goude and Josh Chaplain-Barton won 4&3.
Men’s August Medal: Division One - 1st Tom Brooks 73-6-67 ocb; 2nd Paul Elsey 79-12-67; 3rd Mick Keeling 79-10-69. Division Two - 1st Craig Garner 83-16-67; 2nd John Roberts 85-17-68; 3rd Paul Amos 82-13-69. Division Three - John Durant 93-24-69; 2nd John Gamble 94-21-73; 3rd Barry Hill 96-21-75.
Seniors’ Stableford Voucher competition: Gold division: 1st Ron Colledge 42pts; 2nd Tom Jolly 40pts; 3rd Ken Parker 37pts. Silver division: 1st Ken Walker 38pts; 2nd Phil Martin 35pts (ocb); 3rd Richard Martin 35pts. Bronze division: 1st Graham Saunders 39pts; 2nd Salvatore Di Bella 38pts; 3rd Brian Shales.
Seniors’ section: Tydd 3.5 Ryston Park 2.5 (Tydd - Evan Kemp and Ken Walker won 2up; Baz Smith and David Morris lost 4&2; Mike Parker and Brian Gough halved; Eddie Armstrong and Dennis Savory won 5&4; Paul Jackson and David Doughtfire lost 4&2: Malcolm Perrott and David Truluck won 5&3).
Ladies’ section: 2011 Championship (36 holes): Scratch - 1st Lorraine Gallie 181; 2nd Maria Taylor Vassall 190; 3rd Beryl Clay 194. Handicap - 1st Chris Doy 150 ocb; 2nd Maria Taylor Vassall 150; 3rd Lorraine Gallie 153. Medal 1 - 1st Sue Racey nett 70; 2nd Petra Meir nett 73; 3rd Maria Taylor Vassall nett 79. Medal 2 - 1st Val Sambridge nett 70; 2nd Sylvia Illsley nett 72; 3rd Eunice Everitt nett 74.
August Medal - Val Sambridge nett 70. Stableford competition - 1st Linda Daboo 36pts; 2nd Maria Taylor Vassall 34pts; 3rd Lorraine Gallie 32pts.
Tydd St Giles Ladies 1.5 Thorpe Wood 2.5. Tydd St Giles Ladies 3.5 Thorney Lakes 1.5.
Lincs League matches: Tydd St Giles 4 Kirton Holme 0; Kirton Holme v Tydd St Giles halved.
Lincs League Division 6 South final standings: 1st Belton Woods 9; 2nd Tydd St Giles 6 (13); 3rd Sutton Bridge 6 (11); 4th Kirton Holme 3.