GOLF: Spalding ease their way through county singles competition

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Spalding Golf Club’s first team squad eased their way into the second round of the Bramley County singles scratch matchplay competition.

They beat a trio from Boston West 3-0 at the Surfleet course.

Fielding a strong team, all three home players – Andy Grimwood (6&5), Simon Richardson (5&4) and James Crampton (5&4) – won convincingly.

Spalding now have another home tie later this month, albeit a tough one against Grimsby.

• Spalding’s South Lincs Scratch League first team were also in action – and although not up to full strength, they still managed to achieve a 3-3 draw away at current league leaders Boston.

Team captain Andy Grimwood partnered with Lloyd Chatham maintained their 100 per cent winning record with a 3&2 victory, with Richard Laud and Keith Hearne also winning, 1up.

The pairings of Ollie Mitchell and Wayne Wallace and Dan Hines and Chas Lacey both halved their games.

Over 70 golfers entered the Massey Cup qualifying competition with the top eight scores progressing to the match play knock-out stage later in the season. Chris Bettinson(12 handicap) topped the list with a superb 42 stableford points and earned himself a handicap reduction to 11, from James Smith(28) and Mark Mitchell(1) now cut to scratch, both scoring 39pts.

• Other qualifiers: 38pts – Greg Wright(27), Mark Crozier (23); 36 – Matt Stacey(23); 35 – Jezz Davidson(26), Lewis Wright(25). Keith Hearne(2) had an eagle 2 on the par 4 11th hole but just failed to qualify.

• The third team won their latest social match, played at the Surfleet course, 4-2 against Stoke Rochford.

The winning pairs for Spalding were David Bergmann and Simon Rothwell 1up, Richard Woods and Keith Moore 1up, Andy Cunnington and Dave Colwell, also 1up, with the best performance coming from Andy Elms and Trevor Horrocks, winning 3&1.