GOLF: Optimism ahead of new season

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SPALDING Golf Club skipper Keith Holland and his vice-captain Andy Reedman are both looking forward to the new season.

The Surfleet-based club are now up and running for 2011, with the new campaign including a full programme of competitions and social events for all members.

The first competition of the year for the men’s section – a monthly medal – was played last weekend. After playing off the forward yellow tees throughout the winter months, moving back to the competition tees was certainly a shock to the system for most of the players, with only seven out of the 152 starters playing to par or better.

Phil Tweddell grabbed the honours in the 0-14 handicap category with a nett 71 (77-6=71) on countback from Harry Hunt (85-14=71), with Chas Lacey, Oliver Mitchell, Mark Laud and James Crampton all hitting a nett 72.

Stephen Rothwell had the round of the day in the 15-28 category, carding a nett 64 (89-25=64) with fellow junior Hugo Kedzlie taking second spot with a nett 67 (85-18=67).

Martin Sheriff, Roy Foden and David Smith completed the leaderboard in this category, all recording a nett 71.

James Crampton (-1) came in with the best gross score of 71, while Frank Bell (6) birdied the trio of par 3s in his round of nett 73.

Meanwhile, 75-year-old Albert Jacobs had a hole-in-one on the 143 yard par three ninth hole playing in a senior stableford competition recently.

Jacobs, playing off an 11 handicap, holed out with a wedge for his second ever ace. The first was carded many years ago while playing for his previous club, Burghley Park GC.

l Spalding GC’s Ladies’ Mail on Sunday team bowed out of this year’s competition after losing 3-2 at Tydd St Giles.

The team got off to an excellent start in near gale conditions with a 4&3 victory for Dianne Platt (giving 12 shots) but this was wiped out by a loss from Paula Brown (giving eight) by the same margin.

Avril Norton (receiving two) went down by 3&1 and Elizabeth Holbrook (giving ten) lost 3&2. But Frances Dalton, giving 14 shots, won 4&3.

l At the top of the leaderboard in the on-going Australian Spoons competition in the foursomes stableford format are Chris Leggett and Sue Dewar with 33 points. Jenny Pipe and Maureen Orwell are second with 32 points.

l Spalding ladies won their first home match of the season by a 2.5-1.5 margin.

Results: Eileen Bridge & Norma Parker lost 2&1; Ruth Atkins & Millie Thorold won 1up; Sue Watson & Sue Grimwood halved; Janet Davies & Beryl Skinner won 6&4.