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Fantastic victory brace for men's A team.

The annual Seniors Open was held at Toft Golf Club and played as an individual stableford.

Captain Duncan Cameron welcomed nearly 60 players on a day that was unexpectedly wet for the first hour or so but then dried up with the course in excellent condition.

There were prizes for nearest the pin on two of the par threes, straightest drive and longest drive to add interest to the day.

Toft Seniors Open winners. (11247983)
Toft Seniors Open winners. (11247983)

Organiser and vice captain Phil Sendall found sponsorship for each hole and, with the raffle and fun putting competition afterwards, money was raised for the club's local charity this year, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Countback was required to separate the first three positions in the visitors competition who all finished with 34 points.

In first position was Howard Jones (11) from Luffenham Heath ahead of Mark Walmsley (17) from Greetham Valley and Yim Kong (11) from Nene Park.

Lew West (22) took third place with 35 points in the competition for Toft players. Second spot on countback went to Keith Brown (16) with 36 points and in first place was Paul Shaw (23) also with 36 points.

Jim Dobson (11) from Toft took the overall Open Championship, four shots ahead of the rest of the field with 40 points.

Toft players took most of the other prizes with David Bailey winning the prize for the longest drive, Dom Sherry for the straightest drive and Paul Shaw for nearest the pin on the 10th hole. Howard Jones won nearest the pin on the 8th hole. Three players achieved a birdie on the par threes.

The seniors captain thanked everyone who had made the day such a success especially the businesses and individuals that had provided sponsorship, hotel staff, greenkeepers, Wendy Cameron and Jane Shaw who ran the halfway house and organiser Phil Sendall and competitions secretary Bob Gore for making the event such a success.

Also, the ladies captain Sandy Streets and the ladies section who kindly provided cakes, sausage rolls and scones for the halfway house.

The annual Seniors Exchange Day was held at South Kyme Golf Club and organised by past captain Bob Gore.

Forty-eight players took part in the stableford competition which was played on a fine warm day.

Paul Nicholson (nine) took full advantage of the course conditions as he stormed round to end up with 40 points.

Second place went to Graham Hughes (11) with 39 points and Ray Bills (19) was in third place with 37. Captain Duncan Cameron thanked Bob for all his hard work in arranging the day.

Fifty-four seniors entered the second medal of the season for the Jim Jameson trophy which was played off the white tees.

In first place, keeping up his recent good form was Keith Brown (15) with a nett score of 67, followed by Alan Barnes (six) with a nett 68 who also recorded the best gross score of the day with Dean Regan (18) in third place with 69.

The men’s A team had a comprehensive win 6-0 against Thorney Lakes on home soil although there were a couple of very close matches that were decided on the 18th hole.

There were wins for Alan Barnes and James Cottam (3&2), James Dair and Tom Munt (one up), Rhys Evans - in his first ever team match - and Adam Binns (3&2), Paul Hubbard and Darryl Vaus (2&1), John Hines and Howard Pope (5&3) and Neil Armstrong and Tom Jubb (one up).

The team followed this up with a fantastic 5-1 victory at Kirton Holme on Saturday.

Played on a tricky course the performance of the day was from the pairing of Paul Nicholson and John Hines who won the last six holes to get a great result winning two up.

Other Toft winners were the pairings of James Dair and Tom Jubb (4&3), Alan Barnes and James Cottam (2&1), Curtis Mayoh and Darryl Vaus (3&1) and Adam Binns and Rhys Evans (3&2).

The B team also played Thorney Lakes away which resulted in a 3-3 draw.

The winning pairs for Toft were Tom Shinkins and Mick Sissins and Neil Moore and Rob Yardy. The pairings of Curtis Mayoh and Andy Kehoe, and Chris Handley and John Mayoh both halved their matches.

Linda Moss, Louise Bradley, lady captain Sandie Streets and Jennifer Pipe Trophy winner Cathy Lee. (11247987)
Linda Moss, Louise Bradley, lady captain Sandie Streets and Jennifer Pipe Trophy winner Cathy Lee. (11247987)

Cathy Lee was the worthy winner as Toft's ladies took to the course for the annual Jennifer Pipe Trophy competition.

Despite ideal playing conditions, the scoring did not hit the heights as Lee's 36-point return was followed by Louise Bradley on 34 points who took second place on countback from Linda Moss also on 34.

The away friendly match at Belton Park also enjoyed perfect conditions where the ladies shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw.

Toft's team of four pairs were led out by lady captain Sandie Streets with her partner Sally Burton and, in the first of four very close matches, gave the visitors a winning start of 2&1.

Linda Moss and Viv Chappell likewise came in with a 3&2 win, but Toft's third couple of Lisa Hollingsworth and Judith Childs had their work cut out against a tough Belton outfit who dovetailed perfectly.

Despite Lisa playing out of her skin in notching up a personal 45 points, the home pair triumphed by 2&1.

The final match lived up to the high level of the others with Toft's Christine Barnes and Cathy Lee battling it out against a tough home pair whose 2&1 success ensured the honours finished even.

Other results:

Ladies Medal: 1 Sally Burton 93-21=72; 2 Alison Ravenhill 91-17=74; 3 Lorraine Robinson 87-13=74.

18-hole Stableford: 1 Linda Moss 37pts; 2 Rosemary Delaine-Smith 35pts; 3 Lorraine Robinson 29pts.

Nine-hole Stableford: 1 Jacqueline Hilton 19pts; 2 Eileen Wynne 16pts; 3 Judith Childs 15pts.

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