Victorious Vaughans win enthralling final

Burghley Park golfers at the Seniors v Ladies event
Burghley Park golfers at the Seniors v Ladies event

BROTHER and sister Dean and Hannah Vaughan won an enthralling final to Burghley Park’s annual mixed knock-out competition this week.

The Vaughans lifted the Swindin Trophy after an 18 hole matchplay final in which youth prevailed over experience, beating past captain Mick Chapman and ladies vice-captain Janet Duff.

The match was tight as far as the turn where the Vaughans went into the back 9 one hole up, but Dean and Hannah emerged as 5&3 winners after a burst of good scoring over the next few holes.

l THE Men’s Autumn Open was played in breezy conditions on Sunday with the rough proving challenging to those who strayed off line.

The 36 hole competition was contested by 44 pairs, representing 31 clubs, and Burghley Park members figured prominently in the prizes.

The morning event was an 18-hole Betterball Bogey competition, and as the breeze weakened, later starters had the advantage, with most of the prize winners coming from the final groups.

Burghley’s Dominic Higgs, playing with his guest Greg Shelton from Stoke Rochford, eventually emerged as winners with an excellent +5 score, one ahead of John and Roy Dexter from Worksop on +4. Third place went to countback, with Burghley’s Javan Argent and his guest Mick Bates from Toft edging out Paul York and Mark Duffen, both teams coming in on +3.

The afternoon Better Ball Stableford saw some good scoring with the visitors making a much stronger showing.

David Clarke (Horsley Lodge) and Mitch Sharpe (Chesterfield) took 1st place, with 43 points, ahead of 2nd placed Bob Emmins (Burghley Park) and his son-in-law Sam Oldman (The Leicestershire) on 41. Also on 41, but losing out on countback, were Mick and Gary Laverick from Rufford Park, ahead of 4th placed Roger Tacq and Gary Easingwood from Ramsey, who came in with 40.

l ONE of the club’s most keenly contested matches of the year took place last week between the Seniors and the Midweek Ladies.

The matchplay format, while seeming straight forward, was actually rather complicated as the Ladies received a variety of additional shots, meaning in some cases that a lady could receive up to 4 shots on a hole from one of her male opponents.

Given these arrangements, seniors captain Bob Parker was delighted with the performance of his team, who managed to secure a 5-5 draw. However, this means that the ladies, as existing holders retained the cup.

Results: Bob Parker & David Cleminson beat Margaret Middleton & Pauline Crampin 1 up, Tony Caruth & David Ford lost to Kay Parker & Pam Barton 2&1, Ron Carter & Jim Clarke lost to Marie Allwood & Jean Nourish 2 down, Eric McKaig & Robert Irvine beat Janet Kuzemko & Sally West 3&2, Terry Lill & John Allwood beat Isobel Reading & Judy Holt 1 up, David Devlin & Jim Rigby lost to Joan Hickman & Sheila Warren 2&1, Peter Hickman & Keith Duff lost to Mollie Plowright & Anne Fensome 2&1, Brian Plowright & David Porteous beat Joanne Wheatley & Di Piff 4&3, Donald Macmillan & Terry Wheatley halved with Helen Dale & Zillah Taylor, and Bob Collier & Peter Holt halved with Janet Duff & Shirley Caruth.