Golf news from Rutland, Greetham, Burghley & Toft

From left, Lionel Tupholme ( staightest drive 12th),Malcolm Nicholls ( Senior Captain),Chris Taylor (winner 45pts),Mick Marriot(nearest pin 3rd)'Tony Jones (Hole in One 13th),and Paul Stark ( nearest Pin 10th) .

From left, Lionel Tupholme ( staightest drive 12th),Malcolm Nicholls ( Senior Captain),Chris Taylor (winner 45pts),Mick Marriot(nearest pin 3rd)'Tony Jones (Hole in One 13th),and Paul Stark ( nearest Pin 10th) .

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Here’s a round-up of reports from golf clubs in the area including Rutland County, Toft, Burghley Park and Greetham Valley.

Rutland County Golf Club

Rutland County’s mixed team enjoyed the visit of Thorney Lakes comfortably beating their guests 4-2. Kevin Moxham and Mandy Collins halved, Gerry McIntyre and Bridget Yardley won 4 and 3, Barry Cheshire and Jenny Cobb lost 3 and 1, Phil Drury and Joanne Cheshire halved, Rick Collins and Jo Shepherd won 2 and 1, Jordan Paylor and Amanda Riches won 1 up.

* The B team disposed of Spalding at home by a score of 5-1.

Chris Bower and Roger Overton won 2 and 1, Gerry McIntyre and Martyn Gatehouse won 4 and 3, Jordan Paylor and Dave Waddell won 2 and 1, Pete Siciliano and Dick Crosbie won 4 and 3, Josh Paylor and Bob Ambrose lost 2 and 1, Dave Rippin and Kev Moxham won 3 and 2.

* The Ladies halved a match 1½ to 1½ against North Luffenham despite a 5 and 4 victory from Jenny Cobb and Mandy Collins, Joanne Cheshire and Ann Shuttleworth lost 1 down and Jo Shepherd and Bridget Yardley halved.

* The Seniors staged their annual summer away day at Beedles Lake with the honours going to Peter Stokes in Division One and Joe Smith in Division Two.

Frank Copsey had a great round in the Monthly Stableford scoring 41 points to beat second placed Peter Stokes on 38pts. In Division Two, Geoff Osborne scored 38pts to win the section ahead of Nick Lewis on 36pts.

* The Premier Rugby Cup was won by Andy Vernon who seems to be enjoying his golf again – his score of 41pts just keeping him clear of Pete Maksymiw’s determined challenge on 40pts. Bill Robertson was just one point further back for third place. Imogen Huxley won the Premier Rugby Bowl with 35pts a comfortable three points ahead of runner-up Anne Milsom

* In the August Monthly Stableford, 68 members took to the course on what proved to be a difficult day for scoring. The Veterans Cup was also awarded on play for the best score from an over 75 year old. Winner of the Veterans Cup with a score of 38pts, a delighted Ken Jakeman.

The Division One winner was John Phipps with 38pts after countback. Alan Bainbridge was second with 38pts after countback and Geoff Emery in third on 36pts. Nearest the pin was John Mason.

The Division Two winner was Michael Pell with 39pts and in second was Ken Jakeman with 38pts. In third was Stewart Picton with 37pts on countback. Nearest the line was Mike Gamble.

Greetham Valley Golf Club

* The Ladies August stableford was held on the Lakes course in bright sunlight.

Bryony Batch had one of her best games of the year to take the win with 38pts and was cut to 29.

Cathy Steele had a chance of snatching the win but decided to visit one of Greetham’s guardian lakes on the 18th.

Cathy was cut to 23. Scratch team captain Gilly Grant off nine was third with 36pts.

* The Sturgess Volvo Trophy was abandoned on Saturday after heavy rain, thunder and lightning made the course unsafe.

It will be played for at a later date once club secretary Dennis Millington can find a slot.

Burghley Park Golf Club

* Sunday saw the Francis Friend Medal, which attracted 93 entries and saw seven players go under 70, with Sanjay Nithiyalingam continuing his impressive late season form to win with an impressive net 66.

This earned him a handicap cut from 10 to 8.

A Team Captain Mark Yarham had a shaky start, dropping shots on the 1st and 2nd, but then turned on the style with 12 pars and two birdies to card a net 67, and be cut to 5. David Scott recorded the best gross score of the day, his 71 including five birdies.

Results – (Div. 1) 1st Mark Yarham 73-6=67, 2nd David Scott 71-3=68, 3rd Bernie Clarke 74-6=68; (Div. 2) 1st Sanjay Nithiyalingam 76-10=66, 2nd Keith Duff 81-13=68, 3rd John Tilley 79-10=69; (Div. 3) 1st Stuart Busby 91-21=70, 2nd James Longbone 89-18=71, 3rd Simon Richard 87-15=72.

* Twenty-two players took part in the Ladies’ section, with only Doris Sissins managing to beat par, with a net 72. Her outstanding play on the par threes (2 birdies and 2 pars) was just enough to keep her ahead of fast-improving new member Carmel Dorney.

Results – 1st Doris Sissins 93-21=72, 2nd Carmel Dorney 108-35=73, 3rd Anne Fensome 99-24=75.

* Burghley’s Mixed team travelled to Sleaford last week, who were desperate to avenge their heavy defeat at Burghley a few weeks earlier. The result was in doubt until Burghley’s last pair came in with a win, to secure a 3½ - 2½ victory for the Stamford side.

Results – Richard Gilbert and Janet Duff won 5 and 3, David Shales and Chris Wright halved, Richard Cook and Sheila Mayman won 4 and 3, Charles Cade and Kay Hircock lost 4 and 3, Rod Wright and Judy Cade lost 2 and 1, Keith Duff and Pippa Le Sage won 4 and 3.

* The Seniors visit to Oundle last Thursday saw a repeat of the 6-2 result at Burghley in the match in July, but this time the honours went to Oundle.

Home advantage is always significant on the hilly Northamptonshire track, and only Jim Clarke and Rod Wright, and Brian Plowright and Colin Dale were able to secure wins, although five of the matches went to the 18th.

Normal service was resumed on Thursday however, when Burghley visited Boston Golf Club and ran out 5-3 winners, with Seniors Captain Pete Hickman partnering Maurice Egglestone to a big 7 and 6 in their match.

Results (Oundle) – Pete Hickman and Rob Sorrell lost 1 down, Eric McKaig and Stuart McDougall lost 6 and 5, Terry Lill and Terry Wheatley lost 1 down, Jim Clarke and Rod Wright won 2 up, Keith Duff and David Porteous lost 2 and 1, Brian Plowright and Colin Dale won 4 and 3, Maurice Egglestone and Bob Parker lost 1 down, Bob Collier and Ron Carter lost 1 down. (Boston) Pete Hickman and Maurice Eggleston won 7 and 6, Bill Purchase and Rob Sorrell lost 2 and 1, Eric McKaig and Rowland Davies won 1 up, Terry Lill and Dave Devlin won 3 and 2, Ron Carter and Peter Symonds won 1 up, Terry Wheatley and Kelvyn Tow lost 2 and 1, Jim Clarke and Bob Parker lost 5 and 4, Bob Collier and Brian Plowright won 3 and 2.

Toft Golf Club

* Toft Golf Club senior captain Mal Nicholls held a successful captain’s day, enjoyed by 71 members.

The Stableford competition included nearest the pin on all of the four par threes, straightest drive on the 12th, the longest drive on the 17th and a choice of a yellow or red pin position on the 18th, the red flag being the hardest.

Competitors could double their score on the 18th if they took on the challenge of the red. Competitors could also buy up to three mulligans at £1 each which could be used at any time.

Refreshments were available at the halfway house. Captain Mark Gould and playing committee chairman Alan Smith accepted an invitation to play, while PGA Professional Mark Underwood held a Pro’s challenge on the tenth, donating his winnings to the charity.

The winner of the Senior Captain’s Cup (and in the final fourball) was Chris Taylor with 45 points. Second was Dave Chappell with 42 points and third with a score of 41 points was Mick Marriott.

Tony Jones was nearest the pin on the 13th par three with a hole in one. Nearest the pin on the 3rd was Mick Marriott, on the 8th was Raymond Bills and on the 10th was Paul Stark.

The straightest drive on the 12th hole was won by Lionel Tupholme and the longest drive on the 17th was won by Trevor Sayer.

A sum of £749 was raised for the captain’s chosen charity The National Association for Crohn’s and Colitis (NACC).

A big thank you to all who made the day a great success, in particular to senior club members, captain’s wife Rosetta Nicholls, her helpers Shakira Nicholls, Jenny Sharman and Margaret Gore, Ladies Captain Sandra Wildmore, Lorraine Robinson, Anne Wildish, and to Joe Durno.

* Toft Golf Club says its junior membership has doubled following its recognition by England Golf.

It recently fielded seven juniors in a team in the South Lincs Junior Scratch League, finishing third out of four.

The juniors were often playing at a standard above their club handicap.