GOLF: Ladies leading the way after sensational starts

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TWO of Spalding Golf Club’s ladies teams are sitting pretty at the top of their respective tables after making sensational starts to the season.

The ladies’ first side lead the way in Division One following a fine 3.5-0.5 win at home to Stoke Rochford, having only dropped only one point in their first three matches.

Leading the way were Pat West and Dianne Platt with a 4&2 success, while the on-song Angela Roper and Elizabeth Holbrook won 5&3.

Also victorious were Paula Brown and Lesley Plumpton (4&3), while Gerry Barnett and Norma Parker halved.

Spalding’s second league team are also in red-hot form and have reached the summit of Division Two following back-to-back wins.

l Spalding’s Pat West and Dianne Platt have made encouraging starts at the English Seniors Closed Amateur Championships at Saltford Golf Club in Somerset.

West is tied for sixth place after the first round with a super 79, while Platt is exactly midway through the 70-strong field after shooting an 86.

l A friendly at Blankney saw the home side edge out Spalding 3-2.

Eileen Bridge and Norma Parker narrowly lost their game, as did Angela Roper and Barbara Newcombe and Jenny Pipe and Elaine Harrison.

Victorious for Spalding were Jean White and Avril Norton (4&3) and Dina Reedman and Bev Harpham won (3&2).

l Spalding picked up a 3.5-0.5 win in a friendly clash at Sutton Bridge.

On winning form were Eileen Bridge and Angela Hunt (2&1), Mo Wallace and Phyl Borst (1up) and Maureen Orwell and Judy Rawlings (3&1), while Lynda Double and Millie Thorold halved.

Men’s section: Spalding’s top scratch team launched an impressive comeback to beat hosts Burghley Park last weekend.

Despite losing the first three games, they fought back to earn a valuable point by winning the last three.

Winning pairs for Spalding were Mark and Oliver Mitchell (5&4), Gavin Merrison and Mark Laud (1up) and Steve Wade and Keith Hearne (1up). The second string also shared the points in their league game against a strong Sleaford side at the Surfleet course, also in a thrilling 3-3 tie.

Their wins came from Noel O’Keeffe and Trevor Laud (5&3), Peter Clark and Hugo Kedzlie (3&2) and Lloyd Chatham and Tom Reedman (2&1).

l Despite heavy rain for most of the day 38 mixed pairs competed for the Ben Smalley Trophy.

The bogey competition was won by Rod and Angela Hunt with a score of +4, one point ahead of Alan and Angela Roper (+3).

Completing the leaderboard and in third place were Peter and Eileen Bridge on countback from Martin and Debra Ward, both with a +2 score.

l Spalding suffered a heavy loss in a social match played away at Woodhall Spa.

They went down 5-1 with Vic Davis and Paul Johnson being the only winners, although two other pairings only lost on the last hole.

l The Third team have had mixed fortunes in their recent social matches, starting with a 5-1 loss at home to Boston.

Rob Sampson and Dave Fitter were the only winners – although they were four down after five holes.

But a birdie from each of them on the back nine helped the to come back to win 1up.

A trip to the seaside against North Shore then resulted in a 3-3 draw which had everything – gale force winds, thunder, heavy rain and good golf.

On a course that is a mix of parkland and links, Spalding’s winning pairs were Cliff Harrison and John Taylor (1up), Keith and Pete Williams (2&1) and Rob Sampson and Dave Fitter (2&1). Harrison was the star of the show with five birdies.

Tydd St Giles Golf Club

Results: Tydd Seniors 6 Tydd Ladies 2 (Brian Shales & Ken Walker beat Maggie Semper & Milly Miles 2up; Kerbad Daboo & Dave Morris beat Trish Lacey & Lyn Walker 1up, Eddie Armstrong & Brian Gazzard halved with Mary Frost & Eunice Everet, Ged Taylor & Tony Illsley halved with Beryl Clay & Chris Doy, Roy Pesterfield & John Andrews beat Sylvia Illsley & Sally Ann Goodale 2&1, Dennis Savory & Terry Sambridge beat Chris Kemp & Linda Daboo 3&2, Evan Kemp & Alf Bishop beat Chris Burton & Ernie Roe 1up, Paul Jackson & Stuart Lacey lost to Val Sambridge & Cathie Andrews 2down).

Senior section: Monthly Medal: Gold division - 1st Dennis Savory (80-11=69); 2nd Alf Bishop (87-14=73 ocb); 3rd Brian Newby (82-9=73). Silver Division - 1st Stuart Lacey (91-23=68); 2nd Ken Walker (92-20=72); 3rd John Gamble (94-20=74). Bronze Division - 1st Phil Martin (100-28=72 ocb); 2nd Terry Cobb (98-26=72 ocb); 3rd John Chapman (98-26=72). Tydd Seniors 2.5 Heacham Manor 3.5 (Evan Kemp & Mike Parker lost 2 down; Brian Newby & Ken Walker won 3&2; Paul Jackson & Terry , Baz Smith & Gerry Sherriff won 5&3; Brian Gough & Kerbad Daboo lost 3&2; Mike Brown & Eddie Armstrong lost 4&2).

Men’s section: June Stableford: Division One - Stewart Cuthill 39pts; 2nd Kevin Goude 38pts; 3rd John Tilley 36pts. Division Two - 1st Steven Jeffries 40pts; 2nd Phil Tilney 39pts; 3rd Paul Amos 37pts. Division Three - 1st Bob Mann 43pts; 2nd Tim Murphy 36pts; 3rd Brian Chadfield-Mohr 32pts. South Lincolnshire Scratch League - Tydd A 4 Thorny Lakes 2 (Leigh Chapman & Malcolm Stead lost 1 down, Paul Chaplain-Barton & Rod Drew won 7&5, Luke Rowell & Josh Chaplain-Barton lost 1 down, Lee Willis & Andy Betts won 4&3, Tom Brooks & Tim Hines won 1up, Kevin Goude & Liam Chapman won 2&1). Seniors Stableford voucher competition: Gold Division - 1st David Doubtfire 41pts; 2nd Tom Jolly 38pts; 3rd Gerry Sherriff 36pts. Silver division - 1st David Truluck 37pts; 2nd ocb John Gamble 36pts; 3rd Eddie Armstrong 36pts. Bronze division - 1st Peter Neve 41pts; 2nd Terry Cobb 37pts; 3rd Frank Warrick 35pts.

l Mixed Pairs Open (Stableford): 1st Phil Tilney TSG & Soon Letchford (King’s Lynn) 40pts; 2nd Sean Stewart (Spalding) & Lorraine Gallie TGS 40pts; 3rd Sue & Graham Horspole (TSG) 39pts. Visitors’ 1st place - Paul Allen & Margaret Ward 39pts (Ryston Park GC); 2nd Bill & Lydia Price 38pts (Kings Lynn). Overall best front nine - Mike & Dawn Robinson 22pts (Ramsey GC). Overall best back nine - Dennis Savory & Maggie Semper 21pts (TSG). Men’s nearest to pin (8th) - Even Kemp; (16th) - Keith Ware (Ramsey). Men’s longest drive (6th) - Bill Clarkson (Kings Lynn). Ladies’ nearest to the pin (4th) - Linda Daboo (TSG). Ladies’ nearest the pin (12th) - Linda Daboo (TSG). Ladies’ straightest drive - Jacqui Allender (Swafham). Wooden Spoon - Brian & Marion Gough (TSG).

Sutton Bridge Golf Club

Results: Senior section: S Bridge OBs 4.5 Hunstanton 2.5 (Ray Page & Richard Titchener halved; John Williamson & Sid Everitt won 1up; Norman Davis & John Cross won 6&5; John Cropper & Roy Fox won 4&3; Chris Shipp & Roger Williamson lost 1 down; David Matthews & Keith Robinson lost 2&1; Peter Wailes & Peter North won 1up).

l Ladies’ section: Ladies Open Day - 1st Jenny Chessall (Middleton Hall), Jan Somerville, Barbara Teal and Julie Proctor (all from Swaffham) 106 pts (ocb); 2nd Dot Franklin, Di Webb, Crystal Skelton and Barbara Stone (Elton Furze) 106pts; 3rd Carol Beba, Sandra Quince, Barbara Seller, Yvonne Metcalf (Middleton Hall) 100pts. Nearest to the pin - Barbara Teal. 2s - Jenny Chessall, Barbara Stone, Barbara Teal, Di Webb, Jan Somerville and Sylvian Chaplin. Fixture - S Bridge Ladies 0.5 Spalding 4.5 (Beryl Stockton & Ann Cross, Margaret Fox & Carole Whitelam, Linda Searle, Jane Rose & Peggy Ellis).

l Coronation Cups - 1st Roy Fox & Judy Green net 73; 2nd Ken Burton & Brenda Bell net 76; 3rd John Cross & Margaret Fox net 78.