Lee lands ladies crown for fourth successive season
Toft Ladies have landed back-to-back Lincolnshire League titles after a second successive sudden death play-off victory.
The Division One South champions defeated Elsham B, the winners of the Division One North crown, in a tightly-fought play-off match at South Kyme.
Mairead Scott and Cathy Lee set out first, halving the first five holes in a match that neither side was ever more than one up but unfortunately the Toft pair lost on the final green.
Hard on their heels came the formidable pairing of Lorraine Robinson and Mandy Lees who took an early lead and then slowly built on it throughout the round to record a clear 6&4 victory.
The third pairing of Sandie Streets and Lisa Hollingsworth had the misfortune to come up against one Elsham lady who played well below handicap on the day and a pair that dovetailed beautifully and Toft were one down again.
The fourth pair, however, of lady captain Louise Bradley and Alison Ravenhill were in unstoppable form and cruised to an outstanding 7&6 win to level the match again.
So for the second year running, Toft Ladies were in a sudden death play-off. The format is the first pair play each other and everyone else follows which is a nerve-racking experience for players and spectators alike.
Mairead and Cathy both drove well and left themselves just off the green after their second shots.
With one Elsham player likely to sink her putt for bogey five, Cathy had an eight foot putt for par and the title. It rolled into the centre of the hole and the game was done.
Jayne Crooks, LLCGA lady president, presented the Lincolnshire League champions shield to Toft, for the second year runnning.
From the left: Lorraine Robinson, Sandie Streets, Lisa Hollingsworth, Mairead Scott, Alison Ravenhill, lady captain Louise Bradley, Cathy Lee and Mandy Lees.
Cathy Lee has been crowned Toft Ladies club champion for the fourth successive year.
Lee, who also claimed the club Classic title, came out on top as nine Toft ladies undertook the challenge of playing two consecutive medal rounds over a weekend.
The two events were run concurrently with the best combined gross score determining the Club Champion and the best combined net score the Classic winner.
Day one saw players compete in a bright unrelenting sun with a stiff breeze and the top three scores were very tight.
Linda Moss put together a splendid round of 103-27=76 with Christine Barnes on her heels with a strong performance of 102-25=77.
Lee was just one behind with another fine tally of 86-8=78 while two other decent rounds came from Mairead Scott with 93 and Lorraine Robinson 94.
Day two had its problems with a hard baked course creating havoc on the fairways and unstoppable putting on the greens.
Lee, playing to her handicap, proved the one to tame the course in style with her magnificent round of 81-8=73.
Scott also pulled out all the stops with her round of 87-12=75 and Robinson produced a brave effort with 92-14=78.
The outstanding performance of a total gross of 167 from Lee over the two days of competition saw her complete the double and repeat her 2016 feat.
Scott came second in the championship with gross 180 and Moss was a worthy second in the classic on net 155.
Lady captain Louise Bradley presented the trophies and was joined by her vice-captain Sandie Streets.
Eighteen Toft ladies set out in high spirits to compete in the annual Jennifer Pipe trophy competition.
The day produced excellent golf with very good scores.
Coming in second on countback was Cathy Lee with 38 points nudging out Mandy Lees on the same score to make her third.
Other good results came from Lorraine Robinson (37)and Christine Barnes (36), but the star of the show was indisputably Margaret Wilson with a massive score of 43 points, piling up 20 on the front nine holes and an outstanding 23 on the back nine.
After such a supreme round of golf, Margaret had her handicap cut from 37 to 34.