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Captain Duncan Cameron retains Graham Hughes silver tray at Toft Hotel Golf Club

Toft seniors contested the annual captain versus vice-captain match.

The weather stayed dry and warm and produced some competitive golf.

Forty players participated with a shot gun start so everyone finished at the same time to retire for lunch.

Seniors vice-captain Phil Sendall presenting the silver tray to captain Duncan Cameron. (14269198)
Seniors vice-captain Phil Sendall presenting the silver tray to captain Duncan Cameron. (14269198)

In a very closely-fought contest, 47 holes were won by vice-captain Phil Sendall’s side and 48 holes by captain Duncan Cameron’s side.

Duncan therefore became the first captain to retain the Graham Hughes silver tray having won it as vice-captain.

Bottles of wine were presented to John Tummon for nearest the pin on the third, Alan Barnes on the eighth, James Everitt on the 10th and Paul Shaw on the 13th.

Fifty-eight members played the fourth round of the Summer Eclectic on Tuesday.

Played on a lovely July day, the continued dry weather made for high scoring.

Kevin Clayton was the overall winner with 40 points, and a reduction in playing handicap, from Nigel Daniels with 38 points.

Third place went to David Sharp on countback with 37 points from Eric King, Dean Regan and Tim Fitzgerald.

The seniors’ team travelled to Belton Woods last week for an early start looking for an improvement in their away form.

The match was played in Ryder Cup format on the Lakes course which is always a tough challenge.

And so it proved with all four opening singles matches lost, but the fightback then began with none of the greensome pairings losing.

Disappointingly the fourball pairings couldn’t keep the momentum going and the match was lost 6-4, although it could have gone either way with two of the matches going to the final hole.

Winners for Toft were the pairings of Paul Shaw and Alan Somerville (5&4), David Sharp and John Tummon (7&6) and Phil Sendall and Paul Nicholson (4&2).

The pairings of David Haycox and Rod Campbell and Peter Spencer and Dave Price both halved their matches.

Toft will be looking for revenge in the return home fixture which will be played in early October.

The men’s B team has also played Belton Woods on home soil but disappointingly went down 3.5-2.5.

Tim Ayliff and Nick Brown and Neil Perchard and Ryan Mayoh won their matches while Rob Yardy and Alan Peach halved.

However, the disappointment didn’t last long as they followed it up with a great performance to beat Thorney Lakes 6-0.

The winning pairs were Paul Nicholson and Tom Shinkins, Nick Brown and Tom Warwood, Neil Moore and Mick Sissins, Curtis Mayoh and Rob Yardy, Alan Peach and Neil Perchard and John Mayoh and Mick Horton.

The C team visited Belton Woods on Wednesday and produced their best golf of the season to come away with an unexpected 4-2 victory, having lost at home a few weeks ago.

On a warm day with a gentle breeze, three pairs played on the Lakes course and three pairs on the Woodside course.

The winners were Mick Roberts and Jamie McLaren (2&1), Tom Shinkins and Paul Fox (two up), Keith Brown and Andy Paterson (4&3) and Keith Duly and Malc Croft (3&2).

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