GOLF: Spalding sink leaders to keep title dream alive

ON-SONG: Spalding 2nd team line up before winning their latest South Lincs scratch league match 4-2 against Belton Park. Back (from left) ' Ian Starr, David Perrott, Chris Hancock, Nick Holmes, Chris Moxon, Mark Jones, Harry Hunt, Graham Hutchings; front ' Geoff Camm, club vice-captain Peter Bridge, team captain Steve Camm, Phil Tweddell, Lawrie Haley and Paul Johnson.
ON-SONG: Spalding 2nd team line up before winning their latest South Lincs scratch league match 4-2 against Belton Park. Back (from left) ' Ian Starr, David Perrott, Chris Hancock, Nick Holmes, Chris Moxon, Mark Jones, Harry Hunt, Graham Hutchings; front ' Geoff Camm, club vice-captain Peter Bridge, team captain Steve Camm, Phil Tweddell, Lawrie Haley and Paul Johnson.
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Spalding Golf Club’s second team kept their title hopes alive with an impressive 4-2 victory over league leaders Belton Park.

In their penultimate South Lincs Scratch League match of the campaign, Spalding were in fine form at the Surfleet course.

Winning pairs for hosts Spalding were Harry Hunt and Chris Moxon (1up), Phil Tweddell and Paul Johnson (3&2), Graham Hutchings and Dave Perrott (1up) and Ian Starr and Mark Jones (4&3).

This win means that, with just two matches to play, three of the five teams that make up the league can still lift the trophy.

Belton Park have completed their fixtures and are two points clear – which means that Spalding would have to win at least 5-1 against bottom club Burghley Park to give themselves a chance, while also hoping Stoke Rochford drop a point at Sleaford.

• Spalding’s top team lost 4-2 away at Toft Hotel – and with one match to play, a mid-table position is the best they can hope for now.

But, with three major finals to contest, their season is far from over.

Winning pairs for Spalding were Andy Grimwood and Lloyd Chatham (3&2) and Keith Hearne and Mark Cooley (1up).

• Spalding’s 16-28 handicap rabbits open day was well attended, with 64 entries (well up on last year) representing 15 clubs from all parts of the county and beyond.

The morning strokeplay competition was won by the home club’s Ian Ford (93-25=68) on countback from David Colwell (83-15=68), with Steve Slater (Boston West) in third spot with a nett 71.

The afternoon Stableford competition was again dominated by the home club members, with Tom Hull winning on countback from Mike Yould after both scored 38pts.

David Shales (Burghley Park) was awarded third place with his 37-point haul.

The 13-hole sponsors’ competition for the Des Barker shield was won by Kevin Siddle on 30 points.