Tommy’s on top form for glory in Nicholas Cup

Mick Vassall won the Spring Open at Tydd St Giles
Mick Vassall won the Spring Open at Tydd St Giles
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Two prestigious competitions ensured a busy weekend at Spalding Golf Club.

A total of 142 players took to the course for the Nicholas Cup.

On a generally windy day it was certainly advantage to the early starters with some powerful afternoon gusts putting paid to many a score.

The conditions didn’t affect young Tommy Hull, however, who won the competition by carding a superb 39 Stableford points – two shots clear of his nearest competitors Dave Perrott (8 handicap), Miles Foden (12), Dave Tasker (9), Graham Rudkin (18) and Gary Messenger (26).

This was a welcome addition to the trophy cabinet for the 11-year-old who is improving quickly, a one-shot cut to his handicap means he now plays off 22.

The next day saw the culmination of the Winter League, a three-quarter handicap pairs competition, and it was schoolteachers John Stewart and Martyn Lakin who handed out a golfing lesson as they claimed victory on a wet and windy course.

More than 70 pairs battled out the group stages, the eight pairs with the highest points tally going through to the quarter-finals.

The opponents in the final were Andy Ladbrook and Paul Tudor. Two down with two to play and seemingly beaten, the teachers holed two long putts to force a play-off, which they won, to secure the much coveted Course Stewards Trophy.

The ladies section’s April medal as contested in windy conditions with fast greens.

The overall winner and gold medal qualifier was Jackie Bailey Scott (22 handicap) with a nett 77.

Winning the bronze category was Mags McArdle with a nett 78.

The silver division winner was Elaine Hancock with a nett 79.

Tydd St Giles Spring Open: 1 Mick Vassall 40 points, 2 Craig Garner 37, 3 Duncan Connabeer 36. Division One – 1 ocb Steve Jeffries 33, 2 Gary Fitzjohn 33, 3 Lee Smith 32. Division Two – 1 ocb Dave Abram 32, 2 ocb Ian Millet 32, 3 Gary Coleman 32. Nearest the pin – 4th hole Peter Brazil, 8th hole Jamie Stott, 11th hole Rod Drew. Longest drive – 13th hole Ade Green. Nearest the pin – 16th hole Ken Doughty. Nearest the pin in two – 18th hole Phil Tilney.