Burghley Park’s Juniors dominated at the James Berry Memorial Open, held at Peterborough Milton Golf Club last week.
The team of Dean Vaughan, Joe Carr and Adam Mayman stormed away from the field to win the event by a clear 10 shot margin, with an aggregate net score of 217.
This is the first time that Burghley has managed to claim the trophy and Junior Organiser John Mayman was delighted with the way that the team performed.
He said: “They stayed calm and relaxed all day and played steady and accurate golf which made the difference.”
Joe Carr put in the performance of the day, winning the best net prize with an excellent score of 70, and was well supported by Dean Vaughan’s net 73, and Adam Mayman’s net 74.
James Longbone, playing for Burghley’s second team, took second place in the individual with a net 72.
The Juniors continued their run of form with an excellent 3-2 win away at Spalding the following day, beating a side who won the county junior championship last year.
Dean Vaughan and Adam Mayman lost 2 down, Sanjay Nithiyilingam and Callum Buttress won 2 up, Lewin Auciello and Will Robinson won 3&2, Jake Brown and Jordan Mayman lost 2 down, and Piers Compton and Max Crowson won 1 up. The previous week had not gone so well, with the team going down 4-0 on the road at Sleaford, where they found it hard to adapt to the links-like conditions. Dean Vaughan and Joe Carr lost 4&3, Sanjay Nithiyilingam and Piers Compton lost 5&4, Lewin Auciello & James Longbone lost 5&3, Jordan Mayman & Callum Buttress lost 2&1.
The Men’s Easter Day Stableford saw 82 players turn out in windy conditions with the occasional shower. Star of the day was Junior Lewin Auciello, whose 42 points saw him cut from 10 to 8. He started confidently, going through the front 9 in level par gross, and only dropped 4 shots on the back 9. His round contained 12 pars and 2 birdies, and he finished 6 shots ahead of second placed Cliff Harper in Division 1. The other two strong performances were in Division 3, where both Matt Payton and Ricky Bellett shot scores of 40 points. Results – (Div. 1) – 1st Lewin Auciello 42 points, 2nd Cliff Harper 36, 3rd Greg Shelton 35; (Div. 2) – 1st Graham Bedford 35, 2nd Stuart Blesset 35, 3rd Ryan Birtles 33; (Div. 3) – 1st Matt Peyton 40, 2nd Ricky Bellett 40, 3rd Adam Mayman 36.
April Midweek Medal attracted 49 entries, and in difficult conditions only Robert Fisher managed to break par, with a net 69 which saw him cut from 11 to 10. That gave him the division 1 prize, ahead of Neil Nottingham with a net 70 and Gary Steadman also on 70. Nottingham took the best gross prize with his 79. It was also tight at the top of Division 2, with David Brailsford shading out Doug Hunter on countback, both coming in with net 70s. William Robinson took 3rd on 71. Results – (Div. 1) – 1st Robert Fisher 80-11=69, 2nd Neil Nottingham 79-9=70, 3rd Gary Steadman 82-12=70. (Div. 2) – 1st David Brailsford 88-18=70, 2nd Doug Hunter 86-16=70, 3rd William Robinson 91-20=71.
Last Thursday saw the annual charity fundraising morning in aid of the Captains’ Charities. There was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse, and the event raised just over £900. Representatives from the two charities supported by Club Captain Richard Cook (Rutland Sailability) and Ladies’ captain Chris Wright (the Evergreen Care Trust) gave short presentations about the activities of these worthy causes. The golf was a 9 hole team competition, in a new format (a “Shambles”) invented by Captain Cook, which comprised a combination of a Texas Scramble and an AM-AM Stableford. Many players found the format as challenging as the golf, but all enjoyed it. It was tight at the business end of the event, with countback being needed to separate the top two teams, both on 41 points. Paul Wilkinson, Kay Hircock & Stuart Busby took the honours, edging Joan Hickman, Peter Hickman & Joe Binks. Richard Gilbert, Mollie Plowright and Brian Plowright were 1 shot back in 3rd. The C team’s successful campaign rolls on, with an impressive 5-1 win on home soil against Rutland County. Richard Cook & Richard Gilbert, in the lead-off match, knitted together well to secure a 6&5 win, but credit also goes to Phil Hunt & Peter Hopkins, who stepped in at the last moment and came away with a 5&4 victory.