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Seniors make a welcome return to action at Toft Golf Club

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Toft Seniors have made a welcome return to action.

They have been greeted by a course in superb condition after the hard work of the club’s greenkeeping team during the latest lockdown.

It has been great to see everyone back at the club and to see so many people entering the competitions to enable members to get back up to speed after the lockdown.

Vice-captain John Tummon and past captains Graham Hughes and Peter Henderson on the 10th tee.
Vice-captain John Tummon and past captains Graham Hughes and Peter Henderson on the 10th tee.

Unfortunately, the Seniors Winter singles and pairs competitions have had to be abandoned.

The Winter Eclectic competition was also well behind schedule with only four rounds having been played prior to lockdown, but the early weeks of play have been used to bring this competition to a conclusion.

The extended lay off and the move back on to the main tees has meant that scoring in the first couple of rounds has been less than sparkling.

Fifty players took part in the fifth round which is decided over the course of 10 rounds.

On a cold windy day, six players tied for first place on only 34 points.

Third place was taken by David Bannister on countback from Brian Patman, Keith Brown and Harry Woolford. Second place went to Richard Kitchen with Richard Shuttlewood taking top spot.

The sixth round was also played in gloomy conditions.

Barry Patrick took third place with 34 points and in second place was Alan Barnes with 35 points. The winner was Geoff Tinson also with 35 points.

The seventh round was played last week with 54 entrants and with much more favourable playing conditions resulted in several players coming in with good scores.

Taking second place was Graham Hughes with 39 points on countback from Keith Brown. However, they were pipped by Paul Smith with a tremendous round of 41 points.

The eighth round was contested by 58 players and after a frosty start was played in spring sunshine with a cool breeze.

In third place was Tony Cushing with 37 points on countback from Paul Nicholson, second place was taken by John Tummon with 38 points with Mick Sissins taking the honours, also with a score of 38 points.

The conditions for the ninth round were favourable with a lovely clear spring day.

The winner was Robert Casboult with a fine round and 41 points, two ahead of the consistent Keith Brown with another 39 points.

Countback was needed to separate third place with Jim Clayton pipping David Bannister both with 37 points.

With one round to play next week, the overall Winter Eclectic positions, which are calculated based on net scores at each hole, there is still all to play for with only one shot separating the top five players – Paul Nicholson, Barry Patrick, Barry Harriman, Alan Barnes and Kevin Clayton.

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