Hannah extends her reign as club champion

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Hannah Vaughan’s domination as Ladies’ Club Champion at Burghley Park was reinforced when she claimed the title for the fifth consecutive year.

The 5-handicapper played steadily on both days to shoot gross 79 and 78 for a total of 157, well clear of second placed Jo Bell on 174 (86+88), with Sue Churchill third on 185 (92+93).

Hannah is having a great season, as she and her partner Gill Bedford have reached Round 6 of the national Daily Mail Foursomes competition, where they will have a home tie against Seacroft GC.

The Club Championship also incorporated a handicap competition, in which 16 players, spanning a handicap range of 5 to 36, took part.

A stunning net 66 from Lynn Collen (resulting in a handicap cut from 32 to 29) gave her the clubhouse lead after day 1, with a 4-shot lead over Janet Duff and Jo bell (both net 70).

Lynn kept her cool in windy conditions on Sunday to shoot a net 73 to hold onto her lead and take the trophy with a net 139.

Jo Bell clawed back one shot with a net 72 to take second place on net 142. Carmel Dorney, who only took up golf at the end of last year, came third in her first club championship with net scores of 71 and 74 giving her a total of 145.

l Burghley’s men also had a big weekend, with 99 players entering parallel competitions for each of the handicap groupings.

Testing conditions limited the number of sub-70 rounds to just five with Anton Wells carding an excellent net 68 in the Single Figure Cup. He played the back nine in gross par.

A Team Captain Mark Yarham pushed him hard all the way, shooting a net 69, while Nick Glover recorded the lowest gross score of the day (71), taking him back down to scratch, for third place overall with his net 70.

The 10-18 Cup attracted the largest entry (56 players), with 80 percent of them recording sub-80 rounds.

George Grant survived a wobble on the back nine, with a 7 on the par 4 15th, but played steadily for the rest of his round to take the cup with a net 68, and a cut from 14 to 13.

John Neal was one behind on net 69 and, despite a 7 on the last, managed to hold off 3rd-placer Stuart Pringle on countback, also on 69.

The Rabbit Cup was also a close-run thing, with Peter Graham’s par 5 on the final hole securing him the trophy with a net 70, ahead of three players on 71, all of whom recorded a six on the last.

Club Vice-Captain Richard Cook took second on countback from Junior Adam Mayman in third. Alec Sherwin was pushed to fourth with a net 71.

l Harry Tee shot a net 64 to win the Juniors’ title. His 20 handicap was cut by two as a result.

Dean Vaughan took second with a net 66, shooting the best gross score (2 over par 72), earning a cut from 6 to 5. Joe Bates, playing off six, was third with a net 69.

Bates’ round also won him The Latimer Cup for the best U16 gross score of 75.

Vaughan retained the Luffenham Salver (best U18 gross) for his gross 72.

l Home advantage proved considerable for Burghley’s juniors in the first round of the South Lincs Junior League event last week.

The competition brings together Burghley, Toft, Greetham Valley and Stoke Rochford with one round played at each venue and the final result calculated on aggregate scores.

Burghley played superbly, with Sanjay Nithiyalingam and Dean Vaughan winning their three matches, and Joe Bates and Jake Brown winning two and halving one to secure Burghley 22 out of a maximum 24 points.

Burghley have a two point lead heading into Round 2 at Stoke Rochford.

l Nineteen Burghley Ladies took part in a charity Stableford in aid of the Heart Foundation on Tuesday, with Gail Hunt playing like a dream to card 43 points.

The highpoint of her round was a net albatross on the par 4 17th, for 5 points, and Gail was rewarded with a 4 shot cut, from 34 to 30.

Stephanie Crook recorded 36 points for second place, ahead of Anne Harrison-Smith on 34.

Lynn Collen, fresh from her triumph in the net section of the Club Championship on Sunday carded a respectable 34 points off her new handicap.

l Burghley’s Seniors won 4-2 at Saffron Walden last week, performing strongly in sweltering heat on a challenging track.

Results: Pete Hickman and Terry Lill won 3&2, Rowland Davies and Donald Macmillan won 1 up, Maurice Egglestone and Peter Symonds lost 2&1, Gerry Clark and Bill Purchas lost 5&4, David Devlin and Keith Duff won 4&3, Jim Clarke and Bob Collier won 7&5.