GOLF: Easter successes at Burghley Park

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BURGHLEY members were delighted to get back onto the full course over Easter weekend, when a full programme of competitions marked the start of the playing season.

The Final of the Winter League knockout was very competitive, with past captains David Jackson and Javan Argent facing A Team captain Richard Vaughan and long-serving A Team player George Beadle.

The match was tight throughout, with the lead changing hands several times but with never more than one hole in it either way.

Argent and Jackson made a miracle save on the 18th to take the match into extra holes, then snatched victory at the 19th with a net birdie.

* THE Good Friday Adult and Junior Foursomes attracted an impressive entry of 22 teams, and scoring in this challenging format was impressive.

John Mayman and Jake Brown claimed the trophy with an excellent 40 points, ahead of Richard Vaughan and Adam Mayman with 38, and Richard Gilbert and Dean Vaughan with 37.

* SCORING was even better in the Easter Sunday EGU Gold Medal and 2011 Medal Winners trophy for Men, with 97 entrants.

Pride of place went to Terry Moss, who shot a terrific net 63 to take the Division 1 prize, and the EGU Gold Medal, and became a single figure golfer as his handicap was cut to 9.

Second place in Division 1 was claimed by Paul Szymanski with a net 68 (lowering his handicap to 7), with Junior Matt Lem in third on countback with a net 68 (being cut to 7).

In Division 2, Junior Jake Brown took the honours with a net 66 (cut to 13), ahead of Glynn Woolf in 2nd with a net 71, with J P Brown in third with a net 72.

Good scoring was also the order of the day in Division 3, with Mike Beaumont coming out on top with a net 65 (cut to 16), ahead of Martin Ash in second with a net 68 (cut to 14), and Greg Dunn in third with a net 69.

Bernie Clarke took the Alfa Romeo Trophy for the 2011 Medal Winners competition, which was run concurrently, with a net 70.

* ON the same day, 17 Ladies played for the Rudkin Cup, which was won by the 2011 Ladies Captain Sue Churchill, with 36 points.

Margaret Middleton also scored 36, but lost out on countback. Third place went to Gill Parkinson, with 34 points.

* EASTER Monday brought the Lifeboat Pairs trophy, played as a better ball competition by any combination of members.

The brother and sister pairing of Dean and Hannah Vaughan (both playing off 6) held firm against a strong challenge from Paul Wilkinson and Kay Hircock, with both teams scoring 38 points, but the Vaughans taking the trophy on countback.

* BURGHLEY’S Men’s A and B teams began their campaign in the South Lincolnshire League, both playing against Belton Park.

The A team played the away fixture, and suffered a narrow loss 3½ to 2½.

Craig Cameron & Bernie Clarke lost 7&5, Nick Glover & Martin Deakin halved, Jason Clarke & George Beadle halved, Richard Vaughan & Doug Watterson halved, James Grant & Dean Vaughan won 1 Up, and James Vaughan & James Bust lost 4&3; in the social match, Club Captain Brian Churchill and Club Professional Andy Lavers won 4&3.

The B team played at home, under the leadership of new captain Mark Yarham, and recorded a good win 3½ to 2½.

Chris Bradshaw and Chris Matthews won 3&2, Adam Vaughan & Alex Cole lost 2 Down, Matt Lem & Richard Keal halved, Joe Regis & David Jackson lost 3&2, Tom Hutton & Mark Yarham won 1 Up, and Andrew Taylor & Mark Duffen won 3&2.

The C team hosted Oundle last Saturday, and came out 3½-2½ winners.

Richard Cook & Paul Redfern won 6&5, Chris Quinn & Phil Bell won 3&2, Nigel Pugh & Bob Moss halved, Adrian Crowson & Paul Roberts won 4&3, Terry Moss & Bas Clare lost 4&2, and Graham Bedford & Mike Beaumont lost 3&1.

* THE Men’s Jackson Trophy, played as a Better Ball Bogey competition in cold and windy weather, which made scoring extremely difficult, attracted 64 pairs.

Jake and J P Brown continued their excellent recent run of form, coming out on top with a score of -6, one ahead of Trevor Robson and Ryan Birtles on -5. Alan Cole and Charlie Gardiner claimed 3rd place on -4.

* THE Ladies experienced similar weather conditions in their Better Ball Stableford competition, contested by 10 pairs.

The honours went to Barbara Newell & Anne Fensome, with an impressive 40 points. Second and third pairs could not be separated, with Sheila Mayman and Pip Beeke, and Gill Parkinson & Wendy Higgs, sharing second place with 38 points.

* CLUB captains Brian Churchill and Jan Devlin held their first charity competition of the year on April 16 with a 9 hole Double Yellow Peril competition to raise funds for the Toilet on the Tenth Fund.

Scoring was impressive, with Kay Hircock, Paul Wilkinson and Rowland Davies taking first prize with 63 points, ahead of Bob Emmins, Julie Emmins and Pam Barton on 62, and Fiona Ruddick, Chris Clarke and David Porteous on 58.

More than £700 was raised by the event. Everyone who turned out was most grateful to all the ladies who had made cakes, manned the stalls, and provided raffle and tombola prizes.

* BURGHLEY Seniors have kicked off their season of inter-club matches, with a home match against Greetham Valley and an away fixture at St Neots.

Seniors Captain Bob Parker led Burghley to a 4½-3½ victory over Greetham.

Results: Bob Parker and David Porteous halved, Gerry Clark and David Piff lost 3&2, Peter Hickman and Joe Piercy won 3&2, Eric McCaig and Colin Dale won 1 Up, Rob Sorrell and David Devlin won 3&2, Terry Wheatley and Chris Sheffield lost 1 Down, Ron Carter & Terry Lill lost 2&1, and Maurice Eggleston and David Ford won 2&1.

In the away match at St Neots, the home team proved too strong, and ran out 5½-2½ winners.

Results: Bob Parker and Terry Lill lost 4&3, Brian Plowright and David Piff won 3&2, Peter Hickman and Joe Binks lost 4&3, Martin Reynolds and Peter Symonds lost 2&1, David Devlin and Brian Tunnicliffe halved, Ian Roberts and Bob Collier halved, Donald Macmillan and Colin Dale lost 2&1, and Jim Clarke and Eric McCaig halved.