GOLF: Juniors in seventh heaven after national competition

NENE Valley Harriers ended their Southern League Division One campaign in style as they stormed to a victory.
NENE Valley Harriers ended their Southern League Division One campaign in style as they stormed to a victory.
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SPALDING Golf Club’s Junior team were in seventh heaven after a super showing at the English Junior Champion Club Tournament.

SPALDING Golf Club’s Junior team were in seventh heaven after a super showing at the English Junior Champion Club Tournament.

The club’s young guns secured a very creditable seventh place at the two-day tournament at Woodhall Spa GC.

As Lincolnshire champions, a title Spalding won last year, the team of Oliver Mitchell (5 handicap), Harry Hunt (8) and Hugo Kedzlie (10) competed against 30 other county champion clubs in a Stableford competition, with the best two individual round scores to count each day. After round one Spalding were in 16th place with 72 points, but a 74 in the second round moved them up into seventh with a 146 point total.

Individual scores were; Mitchell (35 & 40pts), Hunt (37 & 34pts) and Kedzlie (33 & 29pts).

The highlight was Mitchell’s 40-point haul in the final round, while the champion junior club title was won by Whickham GC (Durham) with Drayton Park (Staffs) in second place.

Men’s section: Some cracking scores were recorded at the Spalding men’s monthly medal competition, with 124 entries taking part amid favourable conditions.

Bill Main (75-9+66) won the 0-14 handicap category by three strokes from Dan Hines (72-3=69) in second spot. He edged out third-placed Mike Crampton (81-12=69) on countback after both carded a nett 69.

Mark Dodds was placed fourth – also on countback – ahead of Richard Laud, with both recording a nett 70.

Other leading scores in this category came from: 71 – Paul Johnson, Graham Hutchings, 72 – Chas Lacey.

The 15-28 handicap category winner was David Colwell (88-19=69). He was one stroke clear of Roger Brown (86-16=70) on countback from Bob Radcliffe (87-17=70), Mick Bell, Martin Baker and Barry Wigg – who all shot a nett 70.

Other leading scores came from: 71 – Colin Gilden, John Beaumont, Paul Edgley.

The best gross score came from Dan Hines, who scored a fine 72.

• Spalding lost a recent social match away at Rutland County GC 4-2.

Winning pairs for Spalding were vice-captain Andy Reedman and Ray Harrison and the combination of Bob Sutton & Bob Pearson.

Mixed section: The mixed team completed the double over Milton GC, winning 4.5-3.5 at their Peterborough course.

Winning pairs were Sandy and Sue Watson (6&5), Alan and Angela Roper (3&2), John and Lynda Double (2&1) and David and Norma Parker 2up. Ray and Elaine Harrison halved their game.

But it was a different story at Toft Hotel GC, where Spalding were hammered 6-1. The only winners were the captains Keith Holland and Eileen Bridge (1up).

Ladies’ section: Dina Reedman and Elaine Harrison picked up the the bogey foursomes Groom Cup after seeing off Hannah Thorold on countback. Both teams finished on a score of plus one.

• Anne Ellis scored 38 points in the Lincolnshire Past Captain’s competition held at Blankney Golf Club and received the second prize in the silver division.

• Spalding halved a friendly match at home to Boston 2-2. Wins came from Eileen Bridge and Norma Parker (5&4) and Barbara Newcombe and Pam Smith won (1up).

Unlucky to lose were Lesley Plumpton and Janet Davies (2&1) and Anne Elliis and Chris Leggett (5&4).

r Gedney Hill earned a 2-1 home win over Spalding. Maureen Orwell and Deborah Ward won 5&3, while Eileen Bridge and Norma Parker lost on the last green two down. Bev Harpham and Deborah Ellis lost the other match.

Gedney Hill Golf Club

A TOTAL of 66 professionals including former Ryder Cup ace Peter Baker ex-European Tour plater Matt Cort contested Gedney Hill’s Charlie Britton Classic Pro-Am.

Only seven pros shot below the course par of 70, with Matt Cort (65) of Rothley Park Golf Club coming out on top.

Resident Gedney Hill pro Kerr Page shot an impressive two under par to finish fifth – but he did take the pairs title, along with Mick Page, on 11 under par.

Seniors’ section: Club Championships: Lowest Gross – 1st David Lord 76; 2nd Gavin Staite 81. Lowest nett – 1st Brian Cave 66; 2nd Jimmy Readman 69 (ocb).

• Monksview Demolition Charity Day (in aid of the Amazon Children’s Ward, Peterborough Hospital): Men’s competition – 1st Stuart Turnell 44pts; 2nd Steve Steels 43pts; 3rd Neil Venters 42pts. Ladies – 1st Nicky Weller 35pts; 2nd Jane Boutle 32pts (ocb); 3rd Kim Markillie 32pts. Nearest to the pins: Hole 3 – Dean Wright; Hole 4 – Kev Lawrence; Hole 11 – Steve Sayer; Hole 12 – Steve Steels; Hole 18 (in 2) – Ash Anthony. Longest Drive – Mick Page.

• Joint Captain’s Day: Overall winner – Mick Drury 41pts (ocb). Men’s competition – 1st Grant Ryder 41pts; 2nd Ash Anthony 40pts. Guests competition – 1st Gary King (Kirton Holme GC) 37pts; 2nd Ian Prior (Kirton Holme GC) 36pts. Ladies’ competition – 1st Kim Markillie 35pts, 2nd Janet Davis 34pts.

• Result: Martin Moor 1.5 Gedney Hill 4.5 (David Lord & Keith Cooper won 2&1; Bob Duke & Peter Orbine won 1 up; Wally Lawes & Bill Sharpe won 3&2; Rob Newns & Carol Plume won 1up; John Venters & Mick Staite lost 1 down; Gavin Staite & Roy Britton halved).

Ladies’ section: Club Championship – 1st Maggie Bingham 68nett; 2nd Jacqui Rust 73; 3rd Nicky Weller 75.

Tydd St Giles Golf Club

TYDD raised more than £6,000 at golf day in aid of the Rays of Sunshine children’s charity.

Brian Shales, the seniors’ co-ordinator of the event thanked all 150 players who took part.

The competition was a four-ball Stableford team game, with prizes were presented to the winners and runners-up.

Additional gongs were given to those who got nearest to the pin and closest to the line on certain holes.

• Results: Winners – John Mallett, Paul Strickle, Jordan Hart & Keith Jakins (Tydd); 2nd Paul Jackson, Baz Smith, Mike Parker, Dennis Savory, (Tydd). Ladies’ nearest to the pin – Yvonne Metcalfe (Middleton) & Soon Letchford (King’s Lynn). Ladies’ closest to the line (6th) – Brenda Boldero (Middleton). Men’s nearest the pin (8th) – Basil Bishop (Thorney Lakes); 18th – John Morton (Fakenham). Men’s closest to the line (6th) VJ Dack (Sutton Bridge).

Seniors’ section – Kirton Holme 3 Tydd 3 (Evan Kemp & Kerbad Daboo lost 3&2; Russell Doy & Eddie Armstrong lost 4&3; Gerry Sherriff & Terry Sambridge won 5&4; Brian Newby & Mike Brown lost 5&4; Brian Gough & Dennis Savory won 3&2; Ged Taylor & David Truluck won 3&1).