GOLF: Spalding keep their place as fifth best team in England

Doing Spalding proud: From left - Oliver Mitchell, Andy Grimwood and Simon Richardson before their final round at Dudsbury Golf Club in Poole, Dorset, with caddies Mark Mitchell, Miles Foden and Nick Holmes.
Doing Spalding proud: From left - Oliver Mitchell, Andy Grimwood and Simon Richardson before their final round at Dudsbury Golf Club in Poole, Dorset, with caddies Mark Mitchell, Miles Foden and Nick Holmes.
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A Spalding trio did their club proud by finishing fifth in the English Champion tournament held in Dorset.

The Spalding Golf Club team of Simon Richardson, Andy Grimwood and Oliver Mitchell were representing Lincolnshire.

This was the third time in the last four years the club has represented the county and they put in another sterling performance.

Played over two days at the picturesque, par 71 Dudsbury club near Poole, the Spalding trio equalled last year’s effort in achieving Lincolnshire’s best finish since 1984.

Thirty four counties contested the 36-hole strokeplay tournament, with the lowest combined scratch score winning the competition.

Lying in seventh place overnight on two over, Spalding came in eight strokes behind eventual winners Coventry.

Richardson (71+68=139) was three under, Grimwood (73+76=149) seven over, and young Oliver Mitchell (71+69=140) a great two under, giving them a two over 428 total. Nearby King’s Lynn (425) finished second.

It had looked really good for Spalding at one stage, holding second place on the leaderboard for over an hour but then three of the last four teams out on the course beat their score. However, the players, caddies and travelling supporters were delighted with being ranked the fifth best team in England.

n The Lovell Cup competition was won by Harry Hunt (five handicap) and Calum Lewis (12) with a superb score of 44 stableford points.

Taking a greensome foursomes format, for pairs in different handicap categories, they coasted in to take the trophy with a two point margin from a field of 46 pairs.

In second place was John Reynolds (12) and Wayne Flowers(17) on countback from Martin North (27) and Ian Starr(eight), both scoring 42 points. Lloyd Chatham and Jose Carles edged fourth spot, also on countback, from John Matthews and Calum Walker, and Mike Crampton and Maurice Crunkhorn, all with 41points.

Other leading scores: 40 Richard Laud and Paul Green, Andy Cunnington and Chris Moxon; 39 Chris Hancock and Phil Packard, Rob Dunmore and Gary Palmer, Mike Murphy and Stuart Parker, Peter Schofield and Ray Barnett.

n In the last mixed social match of the season Spalding entertained Sutton Bridge and won convincingly 6-0, although three of the games did go the full distance.

The winning pairs were Peter Bridge and Jenny Wilson 1up, Keith Moore and Millie Thorold 4&3, Phil Thorold and Chris Vickers 3&2, Keith Holland and Elaine Harrison 1up, Ray Harrison and Eileen Bridge 3&2 and John Camm and Carole Holland.