Toft toast Lincolnshire Match Play victory

Scott Freer collects the Bramley Trophy from David Brotherton (left) together with Emile van der Merwe and James Dair EMN-140828-101624001
Scott Freer collects the Bramley Trophy from David Brotherton (left) together with Emile van der Merwe and James Dair EMN-140828-101624001
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Toft Hotel Golf Club have won Lincolnshire’s Match Play Championship, for the first time, and collected the prestigious Bramley Trophy.

The three man team of Captain Scott Freer, James Dair, and Emile van der Merwe clinched the title at Seacroft Golf Links in Skegness on Saturday.

The knockout competition is for all 53 golf clubs in Lincolnshire runs all season.

Toft disposed of Sleaford, Cleethorpes, Belton Park of Grantham. The three club final this year included Market Rasen, Elsham and Toft.

In the final 21- year-old Captain Scott Freer was first off. In his first round he was 4 up against Market Rasen but two down the Elsham player. The second round followed a similar pattern with Scott beating the Market Rasen player 11 and 9 but went down to Elsham 4 and 3; he secured one point for Toft.

Emile van der Merwe, played a controlled and accurate game and was 4 up against Market Rasen in the morning and 2 up against Elsham. In the afternoon he beat Market Rasen 9 and 8 and halved his game against Elsham collecting another one and half points for Toft.

James Dair was out last and quickly put the Market Rasen man out of the competition by being 10 up on him after the first 18 holes and he lead the Elsham player by one. A tight battle through the second round saw the two players only separated by one hole but a run of birdies in the closing holes saw James home 4 and 3, securing the victory for Toft.

The final scores were announced Toft 4 ½, Elsham 3 ½ and Market Rasen 1 to a good group of Toft followers including Toft proprietor Robert Read, captain Martin Henderson, chairman Alan Smith, professional Mark Underwood and a number of team players who caddied.

Scott Freer collected the Bramley Trophy from the President of LUGC David Brotherton, at the evening dinner and presentation.