GOLF: Spalding’s talented teens seal more county success

FOND FAREWELL: Junior organiser Di Platt is pictured with the victorious Spalding team of (from left) Ollie Mitchell, Archie Davies, Harry Hunt, Calum Walker, Ed Brand and Josh Parkin. They beat  Market Rasen 2-1 in the county junior final at Holme Hall.
FOND FAREWELL: Junior organiser Di Platt is pictured with the victorious Spalding team of (from left) Ollie Mitchell, Archie Davies, Harry Hunt, Calum Walker, Ed Brand and Josh Parkin. They beat Market Rasen 2-1 in the county junior final at Holme Hall.

Spalding Golf Club’s junior section have won the Lincolnshire Champion Club title again after beating Market Rasen 2-1 in the under-18 league final.

A very windy Holme Hall Golf Club at Scunthorpe was the venue for the clash between Lincolnshire’s south and north section champions.

The format was three pairs, betterball matchplay (off handicap), which served up a classic contest.

Oliver Mitchell (1 handicap) and Harry Hunt (5) were first out for south Lincs champions Spalding. They were all square after nine holes, but handled the conditions better than their opponents as the game progressed and eased to a 4&2 win.

Archie Davies (6) and Calum Walker (10) then put up a brave battle against a consistent, long hitting pair, but went down 3&2.

However, last pair out Josh Parkin (10) and Edward Brand (13) were always on top in their game. They were 2up at the turn and eventually won 4&3 to seal the victory and take the trophy back to Spalding for the third time in the last four years.

After another successful season for the juniors, this was a great send off for Di Platt, who is now standing down as the club’s junior organiser.

The team will now represent Lincolnshire against all the county champions at Woodhall Spa in August of next year to attempt to be junior English Champion Club.

• Spalding’s ‘Club Trophy’ strokeplay qualifying round was played recently – and it is Geoff Moyses (82-15=67) who leads the field with a nett 67.

Robin Roffe, David Tasker, Tony Bray, John Camm, Roger Brown and Steve Rogers are just two strokes behind in the chasing pack after all scored a nett 69.

The top 12 players and ties carry their scores forward to the final round, played later this month.

The other qualifiers are: 70 – Wayne Flowers, Trevor Laud, Dan Hines, Garry Harrison; 71 – David Inglis.

• The first of the summer knock-out finals, the Holmes Trophy, a foursomes competition was won by Andy Grimwood and Dan Hines.

They beat Chris Hancock and Andy Rafferty 1up in a high quality final which went the full distance.

Grimwood and Hines were 2up at the turn, but a long putt on the 17th by Rafferty to win the hole squared the match up.

However, Grimwood then holed a nervy four-footer on the last for par, which gave him and playing partner Hines the trophy.

The losing semi-finalists were Richard Laud and Paul Johnson and Duncan Wright and Andy Coaten.