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GOLF: Grimwood keeps his cool to clinch matchplay crown

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Andy Grimwood is Spalding Golf Club’s Landale Scragg scratch matchplay champion after a 1up victory over Charles Lacey.

Despite a strong wind at Surfleet, it was a high quality final with birdies from both players early in the match.

Grimwood was 1up at the turn and increased that to 3 after 13 holes but Lacey came back with wins at holes 14 and 15 to reduce the deficit to one.

He then failed to convert a relatively short putt on the 17th for a win – and Grimwood held firm with a par for a half at the last to take the trophy.

• The October monthly medal saw Robin Exley (77-14=63) win the lower handicap category by five strokes with a fine nett 63. The next six places could only be separated on countback with Gary Welsh (81-13=68) and Adrian Sibley (80-12=68) taking the other podium slots from Mark Jones, Dave Perrott, James Crampton and Keith Hearne (all nett 68). Crampton won the lowest gross score prize with his 68.

Rod Filby(86-20=66) came out on top in the 15-28 handicap category with a nett 66 from Andrew Elms (84-17=67) nett 67 with Peter West (83-15=68) in third spot with the best gross.

• Having missed out in last year’s ‘rabbits’ knockout final, Paul Tudor went one better this time round as he defeated Matt Hendry in a play-off.

The hard-fought final was all square after 13 holes, which included a birdie each, but Tudor then won the 14th with another birdie for a slender lead.

He held that up until the last, when a missed putt let Hendry back into the match. But this was short-lived for Hendry, as Tudor’s par at the first additional hole was good enough for him.

Ladies’ section: Gill Dewhurst scored an impressive hole-in-one at a recent Spalding Golf Club ladies’ section Stableford competition.

Her ace came on the par three ninth hole at Surfleet, using an eight iron.

Dewhurst’s immaculate drive took just one bounce before disappearing straight down the hole.

• The Ladies’ Singles Knockout Trophy final was played in a miserable drizzle at Surfleet – although spirits were high among the Spalding women.

All players involved enjoyed a great match – nobody more so than eventual winner Jill Huggins.

She played some inspirational golf – and at one stage gained a six hole lead. Chris Leggett fought back and reduced her advantage to three holes, but Huggins never faltered and sealed it on the 14th .

• The October Medal, which was changed to a Stableford, was also won by Jill Huggins on 40 points, with Lesley Williams (39) second and Lisa Howling (37) third.

• Spalding’s Summer Eclectic was won by Bev Harpham, with Irene Brotherton in second place.

• The annual match of the ‘Old’uns v Young’uns’ ended in a draw.

 

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