Bedford and Hircock take Eclectic titles

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Burghley Park Ladies’ winter season is drawing to a close with the destination of the Winter Eclectic crowns determined this week.

Gill Bedford triumphed in the net competition with an excellent final score of 60.6 while Kay Hircock won the gross competition with a creditable 73.

The Winter League final has been delayed by the return of the snow, and should be an interesting battle, pitting Joan Hickman and Margaret Middleton against Jo Bell and Hannah Vaughan.

The first Ladies’ friendly match of the year took place on Monday, away at Spalding, on a course reduced to 13 holes because of the freezing temperatures and free drops allowed from snowy patches.

Burghley were skippered by Janet Duff for the first time but Spalding adapted better to the Arctic conditions, winning 3½-½.

Results: Janet Duff and Sheila Mayman lost 5&4, Mollie Plowright and Julie Emmins lost 3&2, Jan

Devlin and Anne Fensome halved, and Sue Churchill and Gill Bedford lost 2&1.

l Stewart Ward and Jon Tyrrell, representing Burghley Park in the nationwide Daily Mail Foursomes competition, had a fright in their tie at home against a pair from Gedney Hill but managed to hang on for a win 1 Up.

Ward and Tyrrell were 4 up with five holes to play but this seemed to inspire their opponents who won the next four holes to level going to the 18th.

Tyrrell then hooked his drive out of bounds on the par 5 final hole. Thinking that was game over, Ward and Tyrrell ground out a seven with their second ball, to see their opponents encounter trouble in one of the greenside bunkers, and eventually three putt for an eight to lose the hole.

“That was as nervy a match as I’ve ever had”, said Ward afterwards. “But I thought we showed great character to hang in on the 18th to snatch the win.”

l The Final of the Men’s Winter League, between John Mayman and Paul Wilkinson, and Stuart Blessett and Martin Ash was due to take place on Saturday, but fell victim to the snow at Burghley.

A rescheduled date will be fixed once the course is re-opened.

Also falling foul of the weather was the inaugural club competition of the year, the

Mulligan Trophy, due to be played on Sunday. This will be rescheduled and the date will

be confirmed shortly.