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Lewin leads the way after making winning return in memorial event

The first stage of the two round aggregate medal competition for the Peck Memorial Trophy, in memory of two-time captain Vic Peck, was contested at Burghley Park on Sunday.

Seventy-eight players turned out in hot but windy conditions and there was some impressive scoring, with nine players going under par.

Lewin Auciello (6), recently returned to golf, was the form player of the day, recording the best gross score (71) and the best net score (65).

Three pars to start settled him down quickly and, although he had three bogeys in the front nine, a birdie on the par five eighth hole got him to the turn in just two over gross.

He started the back nine with three pars and two birdies and only dropped one shot to complete the inward half in one under gross.

A fine performance which saw his handicap cut to five as well as giving him the Division One prize.

Rob McGarr (5) continued his steady progress to category one, shooting a solid net 67 after a level par gross outward half, to take second in Division One and come down to four. Charlie Barwis (5) took third with his net 68.

Division Two was won by Neil Harden (12) with a net 68 (despite an unfortunate triple bogey on the par three 13th), which saw him come down to 11.

Matt Payton (13) had another good round to take second spot with his net 69 while Andy Carr (12) was third on 69 and was cut to 11.

Division Three saw in-form Tony Grant (15) claim the win with a net 69, ahead of James Wright (18) on 70 (cut to 17) and Nigel Moore (15) on 71.

This event was the third in the season-long BMW Order of Merit series, sponsored by Sycamores BMW of Peterborough, and McGarr’s overall second place on the day has shot him to the top of the table, with 30 points. Charlie Barwis lies second on 23, with Mark Musgrove third on 21.

Kev Lawrence (11) continued his recent spell of good form last Thursday, claiming the win in Burghley Park’s Midweek Stableford, contested by 45 players.

He was on the mark from the off, playing to handicap on the front nine for 18 points, then adding a couple of birdies (both on par fours) on the way home for a final score of 38 points, which saw him cut to 10.

But he only just made it as Tony Grant (16) also carded 38 points, but lost out on countback. He was left to rue the eights he scored on two holes, but was cut to 15 by way of consolation.

Lawrence’s score was good enough to give him the Division One prize, ahead of Angus Keech (12) on 36 and Rob McGarr (5) on 35.

In Division Two, Grant took the honours, but was run close by Chris Churchill (21) who came home with 37 points and was cut to 20. Simon Ragdale (17) was third on 35.

Burghley Park’s Men’s scratch teams in the South Lincolnshire League have received new team shirts, courtesy of a sponsorship deal with several local businesses.

The deal, brokered by A team captain Paul Ramm and B team captain Jim Scutt, is much appreciated by the club and the team players and all of the sponsors are playing members at the club.

Nick Wright of Golf World, Matt Peyton of Nest Estates, Richard Keal of Sash Window Repairs UK, and Jorge Tinoco of The Stonemasonry Company all attended a presentation at the club to celebrate the arrangements.

“We‘re all really grateful to our sponsors for their support” said Jim Scutt, “and I’d also like to thank The One Group for their continued support as well.”

The Seniors Over 70 and Under 70 competitions, played over nine holes, were contested by a big field last week.

“I was delighted by the big turn-out” said Seniors’ captain George Clayton-Jones, “and especially pleased that we were blessed with good weather and a course in fine condition.”

The Over-80s event for the Ocean Trophy was won by Terry Wheatley, but in true seniors tradition, neither he nor captain Clayton-Jones could actually remember what his score was.

The Ted Steele Shield for Over-70s men was claimed by Chris Harrison-Smith, with a stunning 25 points, edging out Dave Cleminson who came in with an equally impressive 24.

The Jones Trophy for Over-70s ladies was a close-run thing, the outcome being decided on countback.

Pat Hudson and Marie Allwood both carded 21 points, with Pat’s better last six holes giving her the trophy.

The Under-70s event for men, for the KB Trophy, went to Phil Hunt on 20 points, ahead of Rob Sorrell on 19.

Anne Harrison-Smith made it a family double for the Harrison-Smiths as she claimed the Bolton Goblet for Under-70s ladies with 19 points, but needed countback to prevail over Gail Hunt on the same score.

The Burghley Park Seniors team travelled to Sutton Bridge on Wednesday for their annual match at one of the most unique golf courses in the country.

The nine hole course is built in an old dry dock, and has numerous unusual hazards in the form of concrete walls which have to be negotiated.

Experience has shown Burghley that it’s always wise to include as many players who have played there before as possible, since local knowledge is important.

Things didn’t get off to a good start, as captain Clayton-Jones and Geoff Mayling were outplayed in match one, going down 3&2 and upping the stakes for the rest of the team.

Stephen Cheeseman and Bob Collier stemmed the tide with a half in match two, before several impressive Burghley wins put the visitors ahead.

Barry Doggett and John Read won a tightly fought match one up to level the tie, before Bill Glencross and Maurice Egglestone put Burghley ahead for the first time with a 4&3 win.

Pete Hickman and Dave Rae’s 3&2 victory extended the lead and then Rob Sorrell and Bill Purchase’s half ensured that Burghley couldn’t be beaten.

Mick Marriott and Mike Wright claimed the winning point with their 2&1 win, but Phil Hunt and Alan Kinch were unable to keep up the momentum, losing 2&1 to leave the final score as a 5-3 win for Burghley.

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