Regan receives reduction after seniors success
Toft ladies have experienced a bonanza of results in August with three of their own trophy competitions and two very special county and national events.
The annual Smith Salver competition for ladies of 55+ was played in pleasantly cool conditions and once more it was Christine Barnes, fresh from her winning performance for the Rosemary Williams Rosebowl, who topped the field with her strong score of 39 points.
Karen Parsonage came second on 35 points and Anne Knox third with 34 points.
The Sally Parker Cup happened on a day which began cool and dry but rain actually fell hard at the end of the round and players suffered an unusual soaking.
Sixteen ladies nevertheless produced some very good scores which meant a close finish.
Linda Moss, partnered with Margaret Dair, won the day with a strong tally of 39 points and the battle for second place was won on countback by Helen Roscoe and Anne Knox on 38 points pushing Louise Bradley and Anne Wildish into third also on 38 points
The Robinson Cup involved 32 players in teams of four with the best ladies and best gents scores counting on each hole plus all four scores on the 18th hole.
The round as per usual in this event was played competitively but in a great sporting spirit making for a lively and good humoured experience.
The winning team were Margaret Wilson/Mairead Scott/Steve Burling/Tom Shinkins (who scored an eagle on the 18th hole) with an impressive total of 96 points.
Only two points behind them in second spot were Louise Bradley/Alison Ravenhill/Clive Gray /Jim McLuckie and coming in third were Lorraine Robinson/Judith Childs/Adrian Childs/Tim Ayliffe (a late replacement).
Nearest the pin on the third was won by Judith Childs while Adrian Childs and Cathy Lee won the ninth green after two shots.
Lorraine and Richard Robinson were heartily thanked for hosting their competition which is now a firm favourite on Toft's golfing calendar.
Lady Captain Louise Bradley, Lisa Hollingsworth, Alison Ravenhill and Cathy Lee embarked on unknown golfing territory when competing in the Lincolnshire Ladies Autumn Meeting held on the Holme Hall golf course - a venue completely new to the Toft players.
The course proved to be flat with true greens and wide fairways lined with dense bushes, brambles and heather plus countless bunkers.
On a day which turned out to be truly magical, the competition was played both on an individual basis and also as a team in which the net scores of three players determined the team score.
Lady captain Louise hit top golf with a superb round of 43 shots on the first nine holes only to match it on the back nine to give her the stupendous final score of net 69.
Louise had played four under her handicap and this unbeatable result won her the prestigious Lincolnshire Golf Association Brocklesby Cup.
As is the custom in Lincolnshire competitions, players go out in handicap order so the four Toft ladies were playing in separate groups, unaware of how each was doing which proved a nerve-racking experience.
Cathy was first out at 9.40am and achieved net 75, Alison was next out at 9.56am and scored a net 79 while was Lisa out at 10.36am and produced a splendid net 74.
These three had to await the arrival of Louise who had started her round at 11.08am and whose fantastic score of net 69 they greeted with joy.
The combined total had made the Toft team the winners of the magnificent Lincolnshire Ladies Club Team Shield which presented by county captain Birdie Dawson.
The fifth round of the Annodata national competition played at Toft against the team from Church Stretton Golf Club brought more delight and success as the home team romped home with a 4-1 win.
The visitors had done their best to familiarise the course prior to playing the match but their inexperience as a small club of only 17 ladies proved a step too far.
A place in the regional final had been at stake so the Toft team could only be overjoyed to reach that level with hopes of a win to take them into the national finals to be played in Cadiz, Spain.
Mandy Lees won 7&6, Lisa Hollingsworth 7&5, Cathy Lee 5&3, Lorraine Robinson 4&2 while Mairead Scott lost to the Church Stretton captain on the 18th green.
Toft's Peter Henderson hosted his Seniors Captain's Day which attracted 53 golfers and raised more than £500 for the club's charity, Dementia Support South Lincolnshire.
The weather had threatened to put a dampener on proceedings with rain at the start of the day, but the event was hugely successful with plenty of prizes to be won. A raffle, halfway house and the use of mulligan's all added to the interest.
Presentations were made to all the winners following an enjoyable lunch where Peter thanked everyone involved in making it a such a memorable day.
Despite the adverse playing conditions, five golfers scored 41 points or more.
Top spot went to Dean Regan with 46 points together with a further handicap reduction of three shots.
Paul Stark was second with 44 points and Paul Shaw took third place with 43 points.
The four nearest the pin prizes were won by John Hines, Colin Pearce, Roger Smith and David Sharp. The decanter for nearest the pin in two on the ninth hole was won by John Hines.
The prize for the straightest drive on the 12th hole went to Bernard Peel and the longest drive on the 17th hole to Nigel Daniels. Eight players shared the two’s competition prize money.
The seniors side have also played two matches on home soil in the past fortnight, both with tight finishes.
Neighbours Rutland County were the visitors a week last Tuesdy which resulted in a narrow 4.5-3.5 victory for the visitors.
Toft will be seeking to reverse the score in the return fixture which will be played in Ryder Cup style.
The winning pairs were Duncan Cameron and Eric King (4&2), David Sharp and Andy Briggs (7&6) and John Tummon and Alan Somerville (8&7). The pairing of Peter Henderson and Alan Barnes halved their match.
Toft gained revenge against Melton Mowbray after winning 4.5-3.5 having lost at Melton by a similar score a month ago.
The winning pairs were Phil Miller and Duncan Cameron (4&3), Paul Nicholson and John Ogden (4&3), David Price and Roger Smitheringale (3&2) and David Sharp and Peter Spencer (1 up).
The pairing of Stuart Booker and James Everitt halved their match. The winner of a bottle of wine for nearest the pin on the 10th hole went to David Haycox.
The annual Exchange Day was held with South Kyme Golf Club organised by past captain Bob Gore.
Forty players took part in the stableford competition which was played on a fine warm day which made a pleasant change from past years when the event has been played in torrential rain.
The scoring was exeptional with more than 25 per cent of the field scoring 37 points or more.
Gore took full advantage of the course conditions as he stormed round to end up with 42 points.
Second spot went to Roy Lewis with 41 points and Dean Regan was in third place with 38 points on countback from Barry Streets, Ray Bills and David Haycox.
Peter Spencer and Adrian Childs were the two nearest the pin winners on the par three's with each player receiving a bottle of wine.
Captain Henderson thanked Bob for all his hard work in arranging the day. It is hoped that this exchange can be repeated in 2019.
The annual Captain versus Vice Captain match took place and 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.
In a very close contest 53 holes were won by vice-captain Duncan Cameron's side and 51 holes by captain Henderson's side.
The silver tray was therefore presented to current captain Peter Henderson. Bottles of wine were presented to James Everitt for nearest the pin on the third, David Sharp on the eighth, John Tummon on the 10th and Alan Barnes on the 13th.