John and Tony win Daily Mail qualifier at Burghley Park

Sanjay Nithiyalingam, left, and Jake Brown, right,  receive vouchers for their placings from Rob Kedzlie, Lincolnshire Union of Golf Clubs
Sanjay Nithiyalingam, left, and Jake Brown, right, receive vouchers for their placings from Rob Kedzlie, Lincolnshire Union of Golf Clubs
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Burghley Park’s men played their qualifying competition for the national Daily Mail Foursomes championship for 2014 at the weekend, with victory going to John Tilley and Tony Ahearne.

This opens the possibility of another Tilley making the national finals after John’s brother David appeared a couple of weeks ago in the national finals for 2013 as caddie for Hannah Vaughan, one of the Burghley ladies who reached the last 16 of the event.

In spite of the challenging weather conditions, 37 pairs turned out for the qualifying competition and scoring was impressive.

There was never much in it between the two leading teams but Tilley and Ahearne proved stronger down the home straight, to come in with an excellent 38 points.

Jim Scutt and Alex Sherwin put up a good fight but tantalisingly fell just one point short with 37. David Jackson and Javan Argent were third on 35.

lBurghley Park juniors Jake Brown and Sanjay Nithiyalingam excelled at Blankney, taking third and fifth spots in the Lincolnshire County Patrons’ Cup.

Conditions were tough, with wind and rain playing havoc with the games of many of the 50-plus competitors.

Even the low handicappers struggled to get to grips with the weather, making Jake’s gross 79 (net 72) for third, and Sanjay’s gross 79 (net 73) for fifth even more impressive.

It’s been a great year for both of them, with Sanjay’s handicap coming down from 11 to 6 during the season, and Jake consolidating his handicap at 7.

l The ladies’ competition on Sunday certainly lived up to its name this year.

The Autumn Shield attracted 26 entrants for a pairs better ball competition. It was played in difficult conditions, with strong gusting winds.

Penny Campbell and Karen Stroud came in as clear winners with 35 points, from Stephanie Crook and Barbara Allen, second with 32 points.