GOLF: Brigg team await in Bramley quarters

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Spalding men’s first team are into the quarter-final of another county inter-club tournament after defeating Grimsby 2-1 at Surfleet.

The Bramley Singles scratch matchplay was a three-player per team event.

Andy Grimwood was always in control of his game and won comfortably 6&5, but Lloyd Chatham, up against their top man, played well, but went down 2&1.

This left Mark Mitchell out on the course. He was one-up in the deciding game going down the last, but hit his third shot through the back of the green, almost out of bounds.

With his opponent safely on in two it looked odds on for extra holes – until Mitchell hit the shot of the day, chipping in for a par, and, with his opponent just missing his birdie putt, winning his game 1up.

Spalding now have a home quarter final against Elsham, near Brigg, next week.

nThe first round of the 36-hole Lincolnshire Free Press Trophy was played last weekend and it is 15-year-old Calum Walker (81-15=66) who will take a two-stroke lead into the final round in August, scoring a nett 66.

Stephen Watson (85-17=68) holds second spot with a nett 68, followed by defending champion Charlie Wallace, James Crampton and Mike Murphy, all carding a nett 70.

Still in contention are: 71 – Phil Tweddell, Ian Ford; 72 – Trevor Laud, Andy Grimwood, Paul Green; 74 – Mike Yould, Matt Stacey, Graham Hutchings, Wayne Wallace and Steve Phillips.

nThe Mixed Open day entries were slightly up on last year with 18 teams of four from 12 different clubs competing. Three of the top four places went to visitors but Spalding’s Keith and Lesley Williams, Hannah Thorold and Paul Dexter (Stoke Rochford) were awarded second place with 104pts.

The home club’s Teresa Starbuck, Mags McArdle and Graham Hutchings were successful in the twos.

nThe Thirds lost their latest social match 3-2 with one game halved, away at March. Malcolm George and Robin Roffe put in the best performance for the visitors, winning 7&5 with the other win coming from Rod Filby & John Double 2&1. Bob Sutton & Willy Ford halved their game.

nJune monthly medal competition was played at the weekend with over 140 entries, 20 of which played to par or better.

Chris Moxen (77-8=69) came out on top in the 0-14 handicap category, one stroke clear of Charlie Wallace (80-10=70), Mark Cooley (75-5=70) and Wayne Wallace (75-5=70), all three carding a nett 70.

Other leading scores in this category came from: 71 – Harry Hunt, Richard Laud, Stephen Baxendale: 72 – Ian Starr, James Crampton (also best gross 72), Rob Stimson, Robin Exley, Vic Davis.

The round of the day came in the 15-28 handicap category from 14-year-old Edward Brand (87-23=64) with a superb nett 64, which also earned him a handicap reduction to 20.

In second spot was Bob Pearson (83-15=68) with a nett 68 (also best category gross 83) with Keith Moore (84-15=69) in third place with a nett 69. Other leading scores were: 71 – Calum Lewis: 72 – Joe Slater, John Camm, Lewis Wright; 73 – Paul Green.

nSome 34 Spalding ladies entered the competition for the monthly medal and the Millennium Cup. The winner was Sue Dewar with a net 74, 2nd Ruth Atkins net 75 and 3rd Dianne Platt net 76.

In the early evening of the same day the Ladies Midweek 9 Hole Stableford competition took place. There were seven entries and the winner was Elaine McLeman with 37 points – her handicap was cut by one shot. Second was Carole Tovell, 29 and 3rd Irene Brotherton 29.