GOLF: Spalding’s Mail on Sunday woe

Spalding Golf Club’s ladies’ section saw their Mail on Sunday hopes dashed in dramatic circumstances in the first round at Sleaford.

Played in absolutely terrible conditions, Spalding did their best in the wind and rain – but lost 3-2 on the 18th hole.

The Daily Mail Foursomes, again played in bitterly cold conditions, brought better news for Spalding.

Dynamic duo Paul Brown and Dianne Platt won 5-4 against a pair from King’s Lynn to set up an away game at Toft.

• Spalding’s friendly game against Burghley Park resulted in a resounding 3-5.0.5 victory. Wins came from Angela Roper and Jenny Wilson (5&4), Millie Thorold and Rowena Hughes (3&2) and Elaine Harrison and Bev Harpham (2&1), while Pam Smith and Mary Ellis halved.

• The Australian Spoons competition got under way on another snowy day. The Stableford game was won by Deena Reedman and Elaine Harrison with 35 points. Paula Brown and Ruth Atkins came second with 23 points.

Seniors’ section: Spalding Seniors’ first friendly match of the season was an impressive 5-3 win at Boston West on March 21. That was followed by another away success last Tuesday, this time at Boston Golf Club, by a score of 4.5-3.5. Captain David McDermott congratulated his team on their winning start and thanked both clubs for their hospitality.

GEDNEY HILL GOLF CLUB

Results: Men’s section: Chairman’s Cup: 1st Steve Steels 66nett; 2nd Greg Walsh 66 (ocb); 3rd Steve Sayer 68. Premier Supplies Trophy: 1st Rob Newns 39pts; 2nd David Lord 37pts; 3rd Jim Starbuck 35pts. Mushroom Shield: 1st Graham Pollard 63nett; 2nd Nigel Baines 67nett; 3rd M Nightingale 72nett.

Seniors’ section: Gedney Hill 4 Eagles 2 (Leonard Kempster & Paul Wood won 4 &3; Neil Sargeant & Tom Penning won 2up; Bill Smith & Tony Lacey won 6&4; Tom Melvin & Dave Spridgen lost 2 down; Bill Sharp & Geoff Loos won 6&4; Noel Delaney & Carol Plume lost 2 down.

Ladies’ section: Ruby Pell: 1st Nicky Weller 26pts; 2nd Chris Bennett 24pts; 3rd Kim Markillie 20pts.

TYDD ST GILES GOLF CLUB

Seniors’ section: Stableford Trophy: Division One: 1st Dennis Savory 38pts; 2nd Ron Colledge 36pts; 3rd Brian Newby 32pts.

Division Two: 1st Ray Downing 36pts; 2nd Phil Whitehead 35pts; 3rd Del Marsh 34pts.

Division Three: 1st Carl Brodie 34pts; 2nd Den Wilson 28pts; 3rd Salvatore DiBella 27pts.

Division Four: 1st Derek Grant 32pts; 2nd Ken Sherry 31pts; 3rd Peter Neve 24pts.