GOLF: North Luffenham president Hird wins Medal

North Luffenham club resident Malcolm Hird opening the new driving range by taking the first drive watched by several club members. EMN-160322-103939001
North Luffenham club resident Malcolm Hird opening the new driving range by taking the first drive watched by several club members. EMN-160322-103939001
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A good turn out of members turned up for the Greenwood Trophy played recently at North Luffenham.

This is a competition where players, using their handicaps play against the course. In a very tight contest, Bob Dixon, John Fursdon, Ian Collins and Dale Roberts all got past the first tee on the second time round, but Collins came out on top beating Roberts by two feet.

l In the June midweek medal, club president, Malcolm Hird, had a fantastic round of golf scoring eight pars and a birdy to finish with a net 64 from a handicap of 16.

Unsurprisingly, he was the outright winner beating second placed Graham Ball (13) by six shots, Needless to say, his handicap was cut by two shots to 14, his lowest ever handicap. Back in third place was a thrilled Peter Radcliffe with a net 72 (off 43).

l As the course gets better and better, scores begin to tumble. In the Sunday medal for July, Simon Lemin led the field with an excellent score of 66, reducing his handicap by one shot to 13.

Second was Dave Baxter with an equally excellent net 67, and also reducing his handicap to 17. Dave’s son, Fred, was third (off 21) with a net 71, beating both Gordon Knox and Ken Houlden on count back.

In the last report, it was reported that membership numbers were on the increase, and further progress can be reported this month. Gary Casey, a PGA golf coach, who works at Nene Park Golf Club, Peterborough, is now available for golf lessons at North Luffenham every Tuesday between 10am to 4pm. Bookings can be made through the golf club.

l In a recent match against Nene Park Golf Club, the ladies of North Luffenham triumphed with a 3 - 0 victory.

On the June 21, young member Luke Bishop raised £470 for Macmillan Cancer, by playing 72 holes of golf in a single day. He started his first round at 6am finishing his tremendous feat some 13.5 hours later.