GOLF: Par scores are a rarity on a damp day at Burghley

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PAR scores were few and far between when Burghley Park's men's and ladies' Stableford competitions were played in difficult conditions at the weekend.

The wet summer has played havoc with scoring at Burghley as the rough has become exceedingly challenging and keeping the ball on the short grass has been essential for big scores to be avoided.

A classic case of 2012 scoring was on Sunday when most of the men and the ladies struggled to get anywhere near par.

The Ladies Stableford was contested by 19 players, and anything over 30 was a good score. Stephanie Crook and Sheila Mayman, both playing in Division 2, and had a battle royal for overall honours with Crook prevailing on countback after both scored 36 points. Anne keen was third with 32.

The lower handicappers found conditions even more challenging with the victory in Division 1 going to Mary Sharp on 32, followed by Margaret Middleton on 31 and Sue Churchill with 29.

The Men’s Stableford was equally challenging, with only four players from the full field of 114 beating par.

Although scoring was generally low, with most of the field doing no better than scores in the 20s, there were some impressive performances, especially from some of Burghley’s fast improving Juniors. Score of the day went to overall winner Lewin Auciello, who followed up his recent success in the club's Junior Championship with a fine score of 42. He was followed home in Division 3 by greenkeeper Steve Hopkins on 39, whose knowledge of the course clearly kept him away from score-threatening hazards. Third place went to Barry Mills on 36 points.

In Division 2, Junior Sanjay Nithiyangilam came out on top with 36, ahead of Brian Barber who took second on countback from Paul Dove, both on 34. Jim McFerran topped Division 1 with an excellent 41 points. David Marsden was second with 38a, and Andy Carr third with 35.