Spalding’s second team are crowned county champions

LINING UP: The Spalding team prior to tee off in the Lincolnshire Handicap League final against Pottergate. Back from left, Mark Dodds, Chris Moxon, Chris Hancock, Phil Tweddell, Mark Jones, Jerry Philo, Lawrie Haley, Calum Walker; front, Paul Johnson, Richard Laud, captain Steve Camm, Chris Ward.
LINING UP: The Spalding team prior to tee off in the Lincolnshire Handicap League final against Pottergate. Back from left, Mark Dodds, Chris Moxon, Chris Hancock, Phil Tweddell, Mark Jones, Jerry Philo, Lawrie Haley, Calum Walker; front, Paul Johnson, Richard Laud, captain Steve Camm, Chris Ward.

South Lincolnshire League champions Spalding Golf Club second team are now the county champions.

They beat their counterparts from the North Lincs League, Pottergate of Lincoln, 4-2 in the county Handicap League final.

Played at the Surfleet course, the format being six pairs per team, betterball matchplay, Spalding lost the first two games but won the remaining four to take the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.

Winning pairs for Spalding were Chris Ward & Calum Walker 4&3, Richard Laud & Mark Jones 5&4, Lawrie Haley & Chris Hancock 1-up and Steve Camm & Chris Moxon 2&1.

The October monthly medal competition, the last of the season, was played in heavy showers throughout the day, consequently only about half of the 128 entries registered a score.

It wasn’t a problem for junior member Edward Brand (77-9=68) who won the 0-14 handicap category with a nett 68, one stroke better than Andy Grimwood (69-0=69) and Dan Hines (70-1=69) both with nett 69.

Fifteen-year-old Brand played off 13 at the start of the season, and, with his exceptional scoring in recent competitions, is now down to six handicap.

Other leading scores in this category came from, nett 72 – Richard Parker, Calum Walker; 73 – Mark Mitchell; 74 – Stephen Baxendale, Stuart East, Trevor Horrocks.

Andy Grimwood won the category best gross score prize with his superb 69.

Another talented junior member, 16-year-old Lewis Wright (86-15=71), won both nett and gross score prizes in the 15-28 handicap category with his 86, nett 71, from Johnny Walker (93-21=72), Simon Goemans (90-18=72) and John Goode (87-15=72), all one stroke behind with a nett 72. James Carles completed the leaderboard with a nett 74.

In another summer knock-out competition, Wayne Wallace (3 handicap) in now the proud holder of the Massey Cup, after beating Lloyd Chatham 
(2) in a high quality matchplay final.

Wallace, who has had an outstanding season, was 1-up at the turn and it was nip and tuck on the back half until a birdie 3 from Wallace on the 17th hole for a 2&1 win was good enough to take the trophy.