GOLF: Mitchell and Hearne hold their nerve to seal Elsham progress

Hugo Kedzlie (right) with David Brotherton, Lincolnshire county president. Photo supplied
Hugo Kedzlie (right) with David Brotherton, Lincolnshire county president. Photo supplied

Spalding Golf Club men’s team have edged their way into the last eight of the Elsham County foursomes competition after a nail-biting win.

They edged out hosts Cleethorpes Golf Club after a dramatic win at the first extra play-off hole to seal their place in the quarter-finals.

The format for the seaside clash – played in very cold conditions – saw three pairs from each side play the full 18 holes off scratch, with the combined matchplay score to count.

First pair out Simon Richardson and Chas Lacey were soon four down after five holes and never recovered, losing four down.

Next up were the heroes of the last round, Ollie Mitchell and Keith Hearne. They were always in control of their game, playing superb foursomes golf, and completing the round in a superb four under par gross to win four up.

With the final pairing of Andy Grimwood and Mark Mitchell finishing all square, the match score was also tied.

Spalding’s team captain Grimwood nominated the in-form pairing of Mitchell and Hearne to compete in the sudden death shoot-out – and, after their opposition failed to convert an eight-foot putt for par at the first extra hole, Hearne coolly sank a four-footer putt for a great team win.

Spalding now face a mouth-watering quarter final at home to local rivals Boston Golf Club later this month.

l The men’s first team also enjoyed their first win of the season in the South Lincs Scratch League’s first division, defeating Toft Hotel GC 5-1 at the Surfleet course.

The maiden win moves them into the top half of the league table.

Winning pairs were Richard Laud and Patrick Kelly (2&1), Mal Wray and Keith Hearne (5&3), Ollie Mitchell and Wayne Wallace (3&2), Pete Clark and Mark Mitchell (3&2) and unbeaten duo Andy Grimwood and Lloyd Chatham (2&1).

The second side, however, lost 4-2 to their counterparts at Belton Park.

In a very close contest against the current league leaders, Spalding lost two of the games at the last hole.

Their winning pairs were Mark Cooley and Chris Hancock (4&3) and Harry Hunt and Nick Holmes (3&1).

l Some 29 teams of four entered the Spring Bank Holiday Texas Scramble Competition, with Keith Moore, Hannah Thorold, Doud Garfoot and Lisa Howling running out winners with a nett 54.6.

Sam Rate, Martin North, John Chatham and Ian Starr were in second spot with a nett 56.06, while the teams of Carole and Ron Sudbury, Yvonne and Howard Greaves and Calum Walker, Vic Davis, Edward and Simon Brand were placed third and fourth respectively.

lTalented Spalding youngster Hugo Kedzlie has picked up two county championship titles.

Holding off a strong field, the 12-year-old recorded his lowest scores this year en-route to winning both the under-14 and under-16 titles.

An opening round of 74 (nett 67) at South Kyme Golf Club followed by a 75 (nett 68) in the afternoon clinched the crowns.

Archie Davies from Spalding picked up the best nett prize in the afternoon round with a gross score of 79 for a nett 67.