Stunning stableford secures victory for teen sensation Edward

CAPTAIN'S DAY: Spalding Golf Club captain Neil Knighton (centre) being congratulated on his special day by club president David Brotherton (left) and vice-captain Peter Bridge (right), flanked by invited guests. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG130713-111NG To order, please call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
CAPTAIN'S DAY: Spalding Golf Club captain Neil Knighton (centre) being congratulated on his special day by club president David Brotherton (left) and vice-captain Peter Bridge (right), flanked by invited guests. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG130713-111NG To order, please call 01775 765433 or visit www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/buyaphoto
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Fourteen-year-old Edward Brand produced a stunning stableford round to take the top prize on Captain’s Day at Spalding Golf Club.

Neil Knighton’s competition was played in glorious sunshine with 180 men and 18 ladies plotting their way around the Surfleet course.

The coveted captain’s prize was won by 16 handicapper Brand (now 13) with a superb 47pts. The talented junior has now had his handicap reduced by ten strokes in his last three competitions.

In second spot was another top young gun, 13-year-old Archie Davies (10 now 9) with 44pts. Matt Hendry was awarded third place on countback from Joe Slater, both scoring 43pts.

Other leading scores were: 42 – Darrel Cross, Greg Wright; 40 – John Patton; 39 – Lloyd Chatham, Jose Carles; 38 – Steve Phillips, Keith Chadwick, Calum Walker, Phil Wakefield.

The ladies’ nine-hole competition was won by Susan Matthews on countback from Eileen Bridge, both scoring 19pts. The captain thanked his many helpers at the prize-giving ceremony for making it a day to remember for him, his family and friends.

nThe men’s first team powered their way into their third major final of the season after defeating Sleaford 3-0 in the semi-final of the Bramley county singles scratch matchplay competition at Surfleet.

With three players per team, Simon Richardson was drawn against full England international James Burnett again.

He was first out and although two down after six holes he then had five birdies in seven holes, setting up a 3&2 win. Patrick Kelly was two down at the turn but came back to win 2up. Andy Grimwood, who lost the first two holes, recovered to win 3&2.

Spalding now play a trio from Cleethorpes over 36 holes in the final at Seacroft GC, Skegness on Saturday, August 24.

nSpalding was selected to host the county senior past captains competition with a record 200 entries, representing 42 different clubs.

The individual prize was won by Andy Sherratt (Kenwick Park) with 41pts, with the team prize going to Immingham.

nAfter losing earlier in the season against Belton Park, the third team gained their revenge in their latest social match with a convincing 5-1 home win against their counterparts from Grantham.

Winning pairs for Spalding were Rod Filby and Andy Cunnington 2&1, Kevin Siddle and Ray Barnett 2&1, Ben Blom and Peter Julien 3&2, Rob Sampson and Paul Hooper-Roe 3&2, with the star performance coming from David Colwell and John Beba with a 6&5 win.