GOLF: Mags bags maiden ace

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SPALDING Golf Club stalwart Mags McArdle nailed her first-ever hole-in-one last week.

The ladies’ section maestro chose the notoriously difficult sixth hole at Surfleet to bag the ace while playing in the Ping fourball betterball competition.

Although it scored a great five points on that hole, McArdle and her partner Carole Holland were somehow not in the prizes.

The winners in the 3/4 handicap format with 41 points were Di Sanderson and Beryl Skinner, who now go forward to represent Spalding later in the year.

In second place were Debra Ward and Lisa Howling with 39 points.

• Spalding’s Pat West reached the last four of the Lincolnshire County Championships at Boston GC.

Having enjoyed a good first round and then playing to two in the second qualifying round, she was fourth best qualifier for the match-play stages.

She went on to win her first two matches, before narrowly losing to eventual winner Emilee Taylor in the semi-finals. Emilee went on to become county champion.

In the county foursomes competition, Dianne Platt and Mo Wallace took second best nett prize.

• Sue Matthews won the 27-hole Mary Hendry competition with a nett 110 and earned herself a handicap reduction of one to 19.

Ruth Atkins was in second place with a nett 112, with Paula Brown and Beryl Skinner in third and fourth place respectively after both shot a nett 112.5.

Men’s section: Some cracking scores were recorded at Spalding’s monthly medal competition as a field of over 140 entries battled it out. In the 0-14 handicap category Keith Hearne (70-3=67) continued his good form and won with a nett 67, beating Trevor Laud (80-12=68) by one stroke.

They were followed by juniors Oliver Mitchell (75-6=69) and Josh Parkin (82-13=69) after both shot a nett 69.

Completing the leaderboard in this category were: 70- Doug Garfoot; 71- Harry Hunt, Nick Bird, Peter Clark and Noel O’Keeffe.

The higher handicap category was won by Geoff Clubley (88-21=67) which also earned him a handicap reduction to 19.

In second spot was Pete Orwell (88-19=69) with a nett 69, with Rex Leverton taking third place on countback from Peter Drew, Paul Wilton, Gerald Cox, Bob Pearson and Michael Sampson after all carded a nett 70.

Keith Hearn’s 70 was the best gross score.

• Spalding’s third team lost both of their social matches played last week.

They were beaten at home by Toft Hotel GC 3-2 with one game halved and went down 5-1 at Belton Park G.C.

Winning pairs against Toft were Ray Barnet and Andy Sneddon (5&4) and Bernard Herbert and Charlie Wallis (1up), while Rob Sampson and Rod Filby halved their game.

The only win against Belton Park came from Rod Filby and Chris Bettinson (2&1).

• The Kilspindie golf day competition was won by the trio of Wayne Wallace, Nick Phillips and Geoff Clubley with a superb 92 points.

Bob Sutton, Andy Reedman and Rob Teeuw secured second spot with 83 points.

The chosen charity for the day was Parkinson’s UK (Spalding branch), with £535 raised and handed over to by local representative John Douglas.

• Spalding also lost a mixed match against Belton Park 3-2 at the Surfleet course.

The winning pairs for the home team were Andy Reedman and Paula Brown (6&5) and Peter Bridge and Carole Holland (2up). Phil Thorold and Ruth Atkins halved their game.

Toft Hotel GC

TOFT Golf Club’s ladies have marched into the fifth round of the Mail on Sunday competition.

They faced tough opponents at Peterborough Milton in testing windy conditions and the match went right down to the wire before Toft wrapped up a nail-biting 3-2 win.

For Toft Mandy Lees (5&4), Helen Roscoe (1up) and Mairead Scott (2&1) were all winners. They host Nottingham Wollaton Park ladies in the next round.