GOLF: Spalding’s super six seal spot in county foursomes finals

COOL CUSTOMERS: Spalding Golf Club's county foursomes team before their 1up win over Boston at Surfleet. From left ' Mal Wray, Keith Hearne, Andy Grimwood, Ollie Mitchell, Wayne Wallace and Simon Richardson.
COOL CUSTOMERS: Spalding Golf Club's county foursomes team before their 1up win over Boston at Surfleet. From left ' Mal Wray, Keith Hearne, Andy Grimwood, Ollie Mitchell, Wayne Wallace and Simon Richardson.

Spalding Golf Club’s top team have reached the finals of the county foursomes competition with a nail-biting 1up win over rivals Boston at Surfleet.

Bidding to win the coveted title for the first time since 2009, Spalding join Sleaford, Market Rasen and Stoke Rochford in the last four.

The matchplay foursomes format consists of three pairs from each side playing the full 18 holes off scratch, with the combined matchplay score to count.

First pair out for Spalding, Keith Hearne and Ollie Mitchell were 1 down after nine holes – but came back to finish all square against Boston’s top pairing.

Next up, Mal Wray and Wayne Wallace were two down after 12 holes and were certainly the underdogs against their lower handicapped opposition.

But, with dogged determination, they fought back to finish all square.

The final pairing of Simon Richardson and Andy Grimwood were also trailing by one at the turn, but in a very tight game they were all square going down the 18th.

And, when their opponents missed a 12 foot putt for par, Grimwood calmly rolled in a three-footer to win the game and the match 1up.

Spalding will now head to Elsham Golf Club (Brigg) for the morning semi-finals on Sunday, August 18, with the final and third/fourth place play-off following in the afternoon.

• Andy Grimwood is Spalding Golf Club’s 2013 men’s strokeplay champion after winning the 36-hole Tester Salver Trophy competition with a 148 gross total.

He recorded a gross 76 in the morning round followed by a 72 in the afternoon to win by three strokes from Dan Hines (72+79=151).

Phil Packard (77+77=154) was third on 154 with Oliver Mitchell (78+77=155) in fourth place with 155.

Those four, along with Harry Hunt (155), Keith Hearne (155), Mark Cooley (157) and Mal Wray (161), will contest for the Landale Scragg Club Matchplay Championship.

n Other one-round Tester category winners: The Square (best nett score, 0-17 handicap range): 1st Dan Hines nett 68. The Plaque (lowest gross, 18-28 handicap category): 1st Steve Phillips gross 89. The Circle (best nett score, 18-28 category): 1st John Beaumont nett 69.

• The mixed team lost their latest social match at home to Peterborough Milton 6-3, with one game halved.

Spalding had a good start, winning the first two games 1up through Neil Knighton and Angela Roper and Bob Sutton and Elaine Hancock.

But it went downhill after that, with the only other win coming from David Brotherton and Linda Double (3&2), with Keith Moore and Eileen Bridge halving their game.

• The third team also lost their latest social match away at Boston West, going down 3-2 with one halved game.

Team captain and vice skipper Monty Brittain and Mike Murphy won their game 2&1 – but Spalding only won one of the remaining five games, which came from Alan Jackson and Terry Thorpe (4&3).