Second team remain in hunt for honours

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Both Spalding men’s South Lincolnshire Scratch League teams suffered 4-2 defeats against the current leaders in their respective divisions, Blankney.

The first team needed a win to keep their title hopes alive but it was not to be, only Mal Wray & Hugo Kedzlie and Keith Hearne & Mark Cooley managing to win their games, both 2&1.

The second team, however, despite their loss, are still in the mix for honours in their league as they remain equal second, with two out of the three remaining matches to play are at home.

Steve Camm & Chris Ward, 5&4, were the only winning pair with Richard Laud & Chris Moxon and Phil Tweddell & Paul Johnson both halving their games.

n A social match against Kings Lynn played at the Surfleet course resulted in a 3½- 2½ win for the visitors.

Spalding’s winning pairs were Max Ellis & Andy Reedman 7&5 and Sandy Watson & Stewart Sharp 3&2. Frank Bell & Bob Sutton halved their game.

n The third team returned to winning ways in their latest social match, beating their counterparts from Burghley Park 5-0 with one game halved, at the Surfleet course.

Winning pairs were Mike Murphy & Stuart Parker 2up, John Spencer & Rob Sampson 2&1, Keith Moore & Kevin Siddle 3&2, Alan Pritchard & Norman Miller 3&2 and Rod Filby & Mick Hanson 2&1. Del Murphy & Doug Garfoot halved their game.

n Simon Richardson’s rich vein of form continues by winning the prestigious 2014 Sherwood Forester 36-hole scratch competition at the par 70 Sherwood Forest.

The field comprised of 50 of the top golfers from the Midlands and the past winners of this competition include Lee Westwood (twice), Oliver Wilson and Spalding’s James Crampton in 1997.

After scoring a level par 70 in the morning round, Richardson then carded a bogey free 5-under-par gross 65 to win the competition, eight strokes ahead of his nearest rival.

The standard scratch for both rounds was 74 and Richardson now has a handicap of minus 4.3.

n The 13-hole Wednesday evening stableford competition was again well supported with 49 taking to the field.

Gary Palmer came out on top, scoring 32 points with James Carles and Martin Deacon equal second with 29. Completing the leaderboard, all with 28, were Calum Lewis, Simon Goemans, Chris Hull, Mark Payne and Keith Hearne.