GOLF: Sublime Siddle shoots best medal score in two decades

PURPLE PATCH: On-song Spalding Golf Club 3rd prior to their recent win over Burghley Park G at the Surfleet course. Back (from left) ' Peter Jullien, Mick Hanson, Roy Parker, Mike Murphy, Stuart Parker, Alan Pritchard, Ray Barnett, Dave Colwell, Lawrie Haley; front ' Mark Crozier, team captain Monty Brittain and Keith Moore.

PURPLE PATCH: On-song Spalding Golf Club 3rd prior to their recent win over Burghley Park G at the Surfleet course. Back (from left) ' Peter Jullien, Mick Hanson, Roy Parker, Mike Murphy, Stuart Parker, Alan Pritchard, Ray Barnett, Dave Colwell, Lawrie Haley; front ' Mark Crozier, team captain Monty Brittain and Keith Moore.

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Red-hot Kevin Siddle played the round of his life as he recorded the lowest nett score in a Spalding monthly medal competition for over 20 years.

Siddle’s remarkable round of golf (79-19=60) was some 12 strokes under his handicap and won him the 15-28 handicap category prize by seven strokes.

He also won the best category gross score prize with his 79 and had his handicap reduced to 15.

Second place in the 15-28 group went to Brendan D’Abreo(94-27=67), with Martin Baker (85-17=68) a further stroke back in third spot.

Other leading scores in this category were: 70 – Michael Sampson, Phil Wakefield; 72 – James Quinton; 73 – Edward Spenceley and Alan Gough.

Andy Coaten (79-13=66) came out on top in 0-14 handicap category with a nett 66, with Gary Palmer (75-5=70) taking second spot on countback from Calum Walker (82-12=70) and Andy Grimwood (72-2=70) after all carded a nett 70.

Other leading scores came from Lawrie Haley (71) and David Tasker and Ben Harris (72). Andy Grimwood won the best gross score prize with a superb 72.

Stuart Waltham (15) had a couple of twos in his round – a birdie two on the ninth and an impressive eagle on the par four 12th, but failed to capitalise on it and just missed out on the leaderboard.

• Spalding’s third team are enjoying a winning streak at the moment after impressive results in both of their recent social matches.

They beat Burghley Park 4-1 at home 4-1 with one game halved, followed by a convincing 5-1 away win at Seacroft in Skegness.

Spalding’s winning pairs against Burghley were Ray Barnett and Alan Pritchard (2&1), Keith Moore and Peter Jullien (4&2) and Lawrie Haley and Mick Hanson (2&1), with the best performance coming from Mark Crozier and Dave Colwell (6&5).

Monty Brittain and Mike Murphy halved their game.

Spalding then completed the double over Seacroft thanks to wins from from Rod Filby and Dave Fitter (2&1), Kevin Siddle and Andy Cunnington (4&3), David Bergmann and Simon Rothwell (3&1), Stuart Parker and Nick Edwards (3&2) and Keith Moore and John Cretney (1up).

• The annual third team ‘past captain’s Stableford’ competition was contested by 16 ex-skippers from different years going back to 1974.

The winner was 2005 chief Terry Thorpe, on countback from Kevin Siddle, after both scoring 37 points.

Bob Sutton and Rob Sampson completed the leaderboard on 36 points, just one decisive shot off a share of top spot.