Thrilling finish as Toft pick up opening win

Toft Golf Club's A team. Back row, from left, Shaun Stubley, Dave  Whisker, Drew Farrell, Benito Schiavi, James Dair, Mick Bentley, Emile Van De Mere, front, Adam Freear, Julian Smith, Scott Freer, Jonathan Mason, James Joyce
Toft Golf Club's A team. Back row, from left, Shaun Stubley, Dave Whisker, Drew Farrell, Benito Schiavi, James Dair, Mick Bentley, Emile Van De Mere, front, Adam Freear, Julian Smith, Scott Freer, Jonathan Mason, James Joyce
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Toft Golf Club’s A team clinched their first victory of the season, securing a narrow 3½-2½ victory on the final hole at Sleaford.

Blustery conditions helped neither set of golfers and rain fell after the opening five holes. But the Toft side stuck to their challenge and won three quick games in succession.

They only needed a half from one of the last three pairings but with the top two losing, it came down to the final game.

With the pressure on Emile Van De Mere did enough clinched a half on the 18th and win the match.

Results: Shaun Stubley and Mick Bentley lost 1 down; James Joyce and John Mason lost 2&1; James Dair and Julian Smith won 3&2; Scott Freer and Dave Whisker won 5&4; Emile Van De Mere and Russel Aust halved; Benito Schiavi and Drew Farrell won 3&2.

Toft’s ladies took a half from a friendly match a Canwick Park, one of several competitions this week.

The result especially pleasing to captain Sandra Wildmore who had been forced to draft in Helen Roscoe and Angela Jenkinson at the last minute to make up the team.

Results: Sandra Wildmore and Anne Knox lost 3&2, Angela Jenkinson and Anne Wildish lost 5&4, Mary Stark and Helen Roscoe won 3&1, Marie Davenport and Margaret Dair won 2&1.