Burghley Park’s Ladies’ Christmas AM-AM competition was one of the most successful on record, with more than £1,000 raised on the day for this year’s captains’ charities – Thorpe Hall Hospice and Mencap.
A full field of 29 teams was assembled from 21 different clubs across the area, and the gloriously warm and sunny weather ensured that everyone was able to enjoy the well-organised event.
This competition is always over-subscribed, and this year was no exception.
Ladies’ captain Janet Duff said: “I’m sure that the range of attractive raffle prizes which we offer, generously sponsored by a number of local businesses, helps to ensure the success of this event.
“I want to thank all our sponsors, who were so generous in their support of these very deserving charities.”
Impressive scoring was the order of the day at the head of the field, with three teams beating the 80 point mark.
The Scraptoft (Leicester) team of Gail Neill, Bev Nutt, Linda Bailey and Sue Hargreaves put in the performance of the day, claiming first place with an excellent 84 points, ahead of Denise Waldron, Kathie Finn, Drina Terezza and Chris Cook from Melton Mowbray on 82.
Home players figured prominently in the third placed team, with Chris Redfern and Carmel Dorney being supported by Chris’ daughter Joanna from Trent Park, and Clare Farrell from Toft, who shot 80.
In fourth place on 78 were Lynn Lambert, Jude Hole, Margaret Beckley and Jane Monk from Newmarket.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Judy Cade from Burghley, and Alison Ravenhill from Toft.
The captain added: “I’m really grateful to everyone for helping us raise so much for two very worthy charities and it’s all down to the hard work and commitment of everyone who’s worked so hard to make sure the day was a success.”
l Round three of the Winter League was completed at the weekend, and teams now have a break until the new year to recharge their tanks.
As in recent years, there are no easy matches in this competition, everyone having to work hard for their results.
With four rounds to go, most of the teams are still in with a mathematical chance of finishing in the top two of each league and qualifying for the knockout stages. Two teams maintained their 100per cent record by winning again, Jordan and Adam Mayman in League C and Richard Vaughan and George Beadle in League A.
Vaughan and Beadle continued their serene progress in League A, overcoming Stewart Ward and Jon Tyrrell 4 and 2, and stand two points clear at the top of the table.
Martin Ash and Stuart Blessett occupy second spot on seven points after a close match with Sanjay Nithiyilingam and James Vaughan, who took the match to the 17th before going down 2&1.
Early pacemakers Doug Hunter and David Shales also featured in a close match, losing on the last to Simon Tee and Clive Knox, but managed to hang on to third spot in the league on points difference from Mike Barton and Chris Quinn, who halved with Matt Lem and Jacob Howe.
l League B saw some big wins, with leaders Dean Vaughan and Lewin Auciello (both juniors) shutting out Bernie Clarke and Craig Neal 6&4, to establish a one point lead at the top of the table.
Dave Millichip and Alex Cole stand alone in second place after a 3&1 victory over Stuart Pringle and Andy Vaughan, and three teams lie two points behind on four points.
Dave Tilley and Graham Bedford hung on to third spot in spite of losing 1 down to Graham Camp and Steve Hopkins, whilst the biggest win of the entire round went to Alan Cole and Chris Townsend, who steamrollered Andy Sandel and Bob Howe 7&6.
l Mayman brothers Jordan and Adam kept their 100 per cent record going in League C with a close (1 up) win over Steve Coultas and Jason Rudkin, and now have a three point lead over second placed David Jackson and Javan Argent, who returned to winning ways with a 1 up victory over Mark Yarham and Doug Watterson.
Barrie Dawson and James Bust sit alone in third place after halving with Chris Lees and Bob Chapman, whilst Paul Redfern and Paul York secured a good 3&1 victory over Bob Emmins and Chris Bradshaw to get off the mark at last.
l League Four remains the tightest of all, with three teams sharing the lead on seven points.
Paul Ramm and Richard Allen take the lead on points difference after an emphatic 5&4 win over luckless reigning champions John Mayman and Paul Wilkinson, who are having a torrid time so far.
Dave Marsden and Gary Harrison occupy second spot after a 3&2 victory over David Gibson and Peter Barnes, with Bill O’Driscoll and Terry Austin in third after a titanic struggle with Phil Hunt and Keith Duff, which went to the last putt of the match, where Austin’s par secured a 1 up win. Rob Fisher and Garry Steadman lie fourth after prevailing 1 up over Richard Gilbert and Richard Cook.