Burghley team triumphs on a great fundraising day

Burghley Park Golf Club winners'Photo: MSMP BPGC Winners
Burghley Park Golf Club winners'Photo: MSMP BPGC Winners
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Burghley Park Golf Club has raised £4,000 for the Friends of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices with a fundraising golf day last week.

Club members and guests played at an event sponsored by BGL Fusion, and organised by Ann Butland. Prizes included £3,000 for a hole-in-one on the third.

The Am-Am format competition was won by a Burghley team made up of Kay Hircock, Mary Sharp, Paul Wilkinson and Javan Argent, who came in with 86 points.

Nobody managed a hole-in-one but Simon Bateman won the nearest the pin prize, and Jon Brain outdrove everyone else to take the men’s longest drive title.

Lindy Clemmow from Bourne Belles excelled in the ladies spot prizes, taking the longest drive and the 9-hole putting competition prizes.

Chief Executive of East Anglia Children’s Hospices, Graham Butland, who made the presentations, thanked Burghley for their hospitality, and was especially grateful to all those who took part and were so generous in their support.

The McKenzie Cup is the annual competition between the Ladies and the Seniors, and is always very competitive.

This years’ event was played in pleasant conditions, under the long established format of ¾ handicap betterball, with the seniors playing off the yellow tees.

This usually makes for a close match, and this year was no exception, with the result eventually going to the Seniors 6½-4½.

The star of the day was Judy Holt, whose partner was unable to make it, meaning that she had to take on the opposition single-handed, coming away with a highly creditable half.

At the meal which followed the match, Ladies Captain Jan Devlin presented the McKenzie Cup to Seniors Captain Bob Parker, with the promise that the Ladies were out for revenge in 2013.

Results: Jan Devlin & Isobel Reading beat Bob Parker & Jim Rigby 2&1, Kay Parker & Margaret Middleton beat Bill Purchase and Ron Carter 4&3, Mollie Plowright & Chris Clarke lost to Terry Lill & David Porteous 2&1, Pam Andrew & Fiona Ruddick lost to Joe Piercy & Eric McKaig 4&3, Angela Glover & Sally West beat David Devlin & Terry Wheatley 6&5, Elspeth Irvine & Jean Richman lost to Peter Hickman & Brian Plowright 2&1, Mary Sharp & Joanne Wheatley beat Mike Barford & Ron Andrew 5&4, Pam Barton & Pauline Purchase lost to Geoff Kevan & Donald Macmillan 4&3, Joan Hickman & Pam Collier lost to Brian Tunnicliffe & David Cleminson 4&3, Judy Holt halved against Ian Roberts & Bob Collier, and Carole Hollman & Jean Nourish lost to Fred Woodcock & Robert Irvine 4&3.

The Ladies Autumn Leaves betterball pairs competition was won by Ann Keen and Juliet Reynolds with a nett 67, one ahead of Carole Hollman & Jan Devlin on 68.

The Midweek ladies end of season foursomes competition attracted an impressive entry of 54 players, getting for half of the entire ladies section of the club.

The blustery conditions made scoring difficult but Margaret Middleton and Sally West proved most adept at dealing with the tricky winds, coming in with a winning score of 31 points.

Joan Hickman and Kay Parker snatched second place, on countback, from Joanne Wheatley and Anne Fensome. The lunch which followed was attended by 67 Ladies, and during the presentation of prizes, ladies captain Jan Devlin took the opportunity to thank Elspeth Irvine and her team of helpers for all their hard work in organising the Tuesday competitions throughout the year.

The start of the Daily Mail Foursomes on Sunday was delayed by fog, giving later starters much better playing conditions.

Scoring was challenging throughout the day, with none of the 42 pairs beating par in this difficult format.

Stewart Ward and John Tyrell played steadily to take first place with 35 points, and qualify for the interclub knock-out phase which starts early next year.

Dave Millichip and Alan Cole were a close 2nd on 34, sneaking ahead of John Tilley and Stuart Busby on countback.

In the Ladies section of the same competition, it appeared that there had been close scrutiny of the weather forecast, as only three pairs entered.

Gill Bedford & Hannah Vaughan were clear winners with 37 points, ahead of Val Jacobs and Doris Sissons, and Kay Hircock and Mollie Plowright.