Cummins take Mirless title for third straight year

Players on Burghley Park Golf Club captains' away day
Players on Burghley Park Golf Club captains' away day

The Mirless Trophy, fought between Stamford businesses and institutions, was won by Cummins Engineering at Burghley Park this week.

The annual competition, which has been contested for more than 30 years, is played as a betterball Stableford with aggregate scores for teams of four.

Cummins, who have taken the trophy for the past two years, were determined to make it three in a row with both pairs playing consistently well and an outstanding performance from Darren Russon and Mark Crampton, whose 42 points was the best score of the day.

Chris Townshend and Alan Cole supported well with 38 points to land Cummins the title, two ahead of Burghley Park Juniors team on 78.

Both Junior pairs came in with 39 points, with steady performances from Sanjay Nithiyalingam, Joe Carr, Andy Carr and Richard Vaughan.

The Burghley Seniors took third spot on 72 with Burghley Park Golf Club fourth on 70, followed by the Army on 68 and Stamford School on 66.

l Club captain Richard Gilbert took 27 Burghley members to Knebworth on Tuesday for an 18 hole Stableford competition on the annual Captain’s Away Day.

Many found the hilly track challenging and the event was dominated by 14 handicapper Bob Emmins, who hit 8 pars and 2 birdies to record an outstanding 44 points. David Shales took second on 39 with David Jackson in third on 38.

l Only five of 72 players managed to beat par in the June Midweek Stableford which was played on fast greens under leaden skies.

Scores of the day came from Billy Earl and Ken Forrest who had a titanic struggle for victory in Division 2, with both players recording an excellent 41 points. Earl snatched the win on countback.

But performance of the day came in Division 1, where A team stalwart Nick Glover came in with 39 points to regain his status as a scratch golfer, his handicap coming down to 0.4.

Results: (Div 1) – 1st Nick Glover 39, 2nd Jim Scutt 36, 3rd Jason Clarke 35. (Div 2) – 1st Billy Earl 41, 2nd Ken Forrest 41, 3rd Alan Cole 38 (Div 3) – 1st Brian Churchill 37, 2nd Kelvyn Tow 35, 3rd S Crowson 34.

Twenty five teams entered a three man team event on Sunday with the top three sides breaking the 100 point barrier.

l Clear winners, on 107, were George Grant, John Neal and Cliff Harper, ahead of Alex Sherwin, Bill Simpson and Andy Peill on 104, with Dan Carr, Joe Carr and Lewin Auciello in third on 102.

l The Ladies A team lost 2½-1½ at home to Blankney on Friday.

The fixture was close all across the pairings but narrow losses in the first two matches left Burghley’s ladies with an uphill fight.

Results: Anne Hughes and Kay Hircock lost 1 down, Carole Hollman and Sue Churchill lost 2 down, Joan Hickman and Mary Sharp halved, Mollie Plowright and Pam Barton won 1 up.

The Ladies B team went down 4-0 at Belton Woods on Sunday. Although the handicaps of both teams were well matched, home advantage proved decisive.

Burghley’s pairings were Mary Sharp and Jan Devlin, Judy Cade and Jane Taylor, Isobel Reading and Pam Barton, Karen Stroud and Elaine Brown.

The Ladies friendly team were away at Stoke Rochford on Wednesday, with the result being in doubt until the final shot of the day.

Last pair Jan Devlin and Sheila Mayman needed to win their game to square the match but resolute defence by the Stoke pair ensured that the game was halved leaving Stoke the 2½-1½ winners.

Results: Janet Duff and Jane Taylor lost 3&1, Pam Barton and Anne Fensome won 4&3, Sue Churchill and Julie Emmins lost 1 down, Jan Devlin and Sheila Mayman halved.

l The Ladies Trophy on Tuesday attracted 26 entries with Becky Ferguson claiming a runaway victory with 39 points. Carol Chapman claimed second on 32, squeezing out Wendy Higgs on countback.