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Final pairing win on final hole to maintain unbeaten home record at Toft

Toft Seniors played their first medal of the season which attracted a field of 47 players.

Although played on a lovely sunny spring day, playing off the white tees for the first time made the course long and scoring particularly difficult.

However, David Sharp (16) proved the most adaptable, playing steadily for a winning total of 67 shots with six pars beating Nigel Daniels (19) by one shot.

Richard Shuttlewood presenting the team trophy at Forest Pines to Glyn Davies, Andy Briggs, Duncan Cameron and Chris Elsey. (9465130)
Richard Shuttlewood presenting the team trophy at Forest Pines to Glyn Davies, Andy Briggs, Duncan Cameron and Chris Elsey. (9465130)

In third place was Tony Cushing (22) one shot further behind with 69. All three players suffered handicap reductions.

Two more team matches have been played over the past fortnight.

Toft welcomed near neighbours Rutland Water and delivered a narrow 3.5-2.5 victory which remarkably, like the previous week, was decided by the final pairing at the final hole which maintained their unbeaten home record.

Toft winners were the pairings of Duncan Cameron and Bob Gore (2&1), David Sharp and Dom Sherry (3&2) and Paul Shaw and Eric King (2&1). The pairing of Peter Henderson and James Everitt halved their match.

Captain Duncan Cameron also took his team to Thorney Lakes who are always a tough proposition on home soil.

The match was played in Ryder Cup format with Thorney playing the conditions better to record a 6-3 victory.

There were wins for Alan Barnes (3&1) in the singles and the pairings of Graham Hughes and Tim Fitzgerald (3&1) and Andy Briggs and Nigel Daniels (6&5).

The section also held their first golf break playing three rounds at Forest Pines Hotel and Golf Resort near Brigg.

All three nine-hole courses - Forest, Pines and Beeches - were played in different combinations over the three days which offered a completely different challenge to the home course.

The break was organised by past captains Richard Shuttlewood and Tony Cushing with current captain Duncan Cameron providing the evening entertainment with several quiz rounds.

A variety of competitions were played over the three days with some prizes for just one round and others which lasted over the whole three days.

The first day was an individual stableford which was won by David Haycox with 32 points, with Paul Shaw in second place with 30 points on countback from Eric King.

The second day was an AM-AM competition with the best two scores to count on each hole. This was won by the team of David Haycox, Andy Briggs, Paul Shaw and Phil Sendall.

The final day was aptly named 'Shuttlewood's Shuffle' with a different number of team players having to score on each hole. This was won by the team of Bob Gore, Malcolm Smith, Paul Shaw and Glyn Davies.

The overall individual prize went to Paul Shaw with 92 points, closely followed by David Haycox with 91 points and Andy Briggs with 89 points.

The overall team prize went to the Sunningdale team of Chris Elsey, Andy Briggs, Duncan Cameron and Glyn Davies with 315 points just ahead of the Muirfield team of David Haycox, Peter Henderson, Tony Cushing and Robert Casboult with 307 points.

Everyone agreed it was a very enjoyable event that will no doubt become a permanent fixture in the seniors calendar.

Captain Duncan Cameron and Richard Shuttlewood presenting the individual trophy at Forest Pines to Paul Shaw. (9465128)
Captain Duncan Cameron and Richard Shuttlewood presenting the individual trophy at Forest Pines to Paul Shaw. (9465128)

The A team, under the captaincy this year of Darryl Vaus, played their first game of the season away at Gedney Hill.

This was a very tough opening fixture where home advantage was the difference and the Toft players were caught out by lack of knowledge of the course and the slow greens.

Although several games were close Gedney were 5.5-0.5 winners with the pairing of Darryl Vaus and Rob Yardy halving their match.

Toft ladies have tackled a wide variety of competitions recently with good scores aplenty.

Twenty-one players competed in the Janet Earth Trophy competition - to mark the anniversary of the club's foundation -on a day of sunshine and a course with lots of run on the dry fairways and tricky slick greens.

The winner with a superb score of 42 points was the in-form Linda Moss whose round included five pars and one birdie and as a result her handicap was cut by two full shots.

Mairead Scott was in second spot on 36 points and third was Louise Bradley on 32 courtesy of countback from Judith Childs. Nearest the pin on the third went to Margaret Dair.

The Susan Sadler Winter Singles Knockout competition reached a climax after the round robin stages in which Lorraine Robinson (Group A) beat Lisa Hollingsworth (Group B) and Sally Burton (Group D) beat Cathy Lee(Group C).

In a closely fought final, Robinson emerged the winner with Burton as the runner-up.

Alison Ravenhill and Linda Moss will represent Toft in the regional finals of the Coronation Foursomes after pipping Cathy Lee and Lisa Hollingsworth in their play-off.

Both pairs scored 34 points but the countback system separated the duo courtesy of a better back nine holes (18-15).

Twenty Toft ladies packed their bags and journeyed to Dunston Hall for an exciting away weekend of fun but serious competition golf.

Undaunted by cold and windy conditions, day one was deemed a Texas Scramble won by the team of Sandra Wildmore, Shirley Kehoe, Rosemary Delaine-Smith and Mandy Lees.

Day two was an AM-AM competition won by Karen Parsonage, Shirley Kehoe, Louise Bradley and Ann Wildish.

Good scores and good fun filled the two days on a tricky course with plenty of water to lure wayward balls.

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