Superb back nine secures Nick title

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BURGHLEY Park’s Club Championship was a two horse race on Saturday and Sunday.

Under par golf in the first round saw Joe Lippett lead by one from Nick Glover, a 68 to a 69.

In the second round Nick nosed ahead by a shot with a level par front nine and then threw a superb back nine at Joe with four fours, four threes and a two for a round of 65 and a total of 134.

The Handicap Championship was played at the same time and Nick’s 132, with a handicap reduction to scratch, took this by a massive 9 shots.

There was a three way tie on 141 with George Tee taking second on countback from Matt Lem and Doug Watterson with Terry Austin a further shot back. The first round lowest score was Simon Chester’s 83-16-67 and in the second round a gaggle of juniors finished behind Nick, Jordan Mayman 92-27-65, George Tee 86-20-66; Dan Carr 83-16-67 and Ben Crowson 94-27-67.

l The Seniors Open Day featured 108 players from 28 different clubs and the winner was the first man out, Bill Litchfield from Beeston Fields with 40 points.

Second was Fred Aspin from Greetham Valley followed by three home members Bernard Kane, John Mayman and Terry Arnold. The Ladies prize was won by home player Joanne Wheatley with 37.

l The C Team stopped a recent run of losses to teams from Belton Park and Belton Woods when they beat Belton Park by 3.5–2.5. Richard Cook/Paul Redfern; Alan Cole/Peter Beeke and Paul Woods/Jon Tyrell were winners with the half coming from Phil Bell/Eric Parker.

The C Team beat Spalding 3.5–1.5 at home.

Martin Reynolds/Paul Woods halved with Kevin Siddle/Paul Wilton; Paul Redfern/Basil Clare beat Doug Garrot/Graham Chamberlain; Paul Ramm/Tony Blakeman beat Nick Edwards/Tim Pexton; Mick Chapman/Chris Quinn lost to Rob Sampson/Kev Bellars; Alan/Alex Cole beat Alan Roper/David Atter; Phil Bell/Eric Parker beat Geoff Garrott/Graham Smith.

l Good weather brought out a field of 92 for the June midweek competition. The best score was returned by Adrian Boyden with 40 points with an inactive handicap.

Competition winner was Brian Eldred with 39 from his 16 handicap, now reduced to 14. On 38 points were Sam Abdul, James Grant, Gary Harrison, Richard Keal and Kevin Bates.

l The second and third rounds of the Peck Memorial encountered the first rain since February which resulted in the afternoon round being curtailed to 9 holes.

In the morning round, James Grant 73-4-69 moved into the lead in the gross competition three shots ahead of Tom Burgh and was to hold on through the wet afternoon to take the Tate & Lyle Cup for best gross.

Grant also held the lead in the Peck at lunchtime with 138 just one ahead of Ray McGrath with George Tee and Jeff Jethwa on 141.

In the rain-shortened afternoon round Grant took the trophy with a total of 174 by two shots from George Tee with John Tilley proving master in the rain moving into third place on 177. The only consolation was that the rain was sorely needed.

l The A team were held to a half in their home match against Spalding which spurned the chance to move back into contention as both leading teams were also held to drawn matches.