Half of the field still in contention for Winter League honours
Burghley Park’s seniors captain George Clayton-Jones masterminded the last event of his reign on Monday and was delighted to welcome 54 players.
Played as a three clubs and a putter Stableford competition, the event showed yet again that most players generally carry many more clubs than they really need with scoring being similar to that in competitions with a full bag.
Gail Hunt (18) claimed top spot in the ladies’ section with her 19 points, followed closely by Janet Roberts (25) on 17 and Joan Hickman (18) on 16.
Roger Metcalfe (18) was well clear in the mens’ event, with his 22 points, with countback being required to give Pete Hickman (8) second place on 19, just ahead of Clive Pearce (26) on the same score.
Clayton Jones said: “I’m really pleased to see so many people here for my last event and I’m particularly pleased to welcome new members Lee and Sandy Bushby who have just joined the club.
“I’m delighted we’ve raised £2,000 for my charity Diabetes UK from our events this year and even more pleased that incoming captain Phil Hunt has decided that this will also be his charity for the coming year.
“I’m sure everyone will support him and this worthy cause as generously as they have supported me over the past 12 months.
“I think we’ve had a pretty good year – winning 14 of our 25 matches against other clubs, halving four and losing just seven – and I want to thank everyone who represented the club during the year.”
With just two rounds of the league phase of Burghley Park’s Winter League still to go, the event is still more open than it’s been for years, with well over half the field of 32 teams still in with a chance of securing the eight places available in the knock-out phase.
League A is the only one where a pair could make sure of their progress in their next match as leaders Stuart Blesset and Darren Fellowes are clear at the top with 14 points after defeating Bob Howe and Andrew Sandel 5&4 at the weekend.
Gary Harrison and Dave Marsden beat Alan Cole and Chris Townsend one up to cement their claim on second place with nine points and lead Howe and Sandel on holes won.
David Gibson and Peter Barnes halved with Stephen Moody and Dunmore Hind, with these two teams lying fourth and fifth on seven points.
It’s really right in League B with the top three teams all having 10 points and amazingly all having halved their most recent match.
Mark and Tommy Johnson maintained their narrow lead on holes won after securing a half against Terry Austin and Bill O’Driscoll while second and third-placed Jon Young and Lewin Auciello and Graham Camp and Steve Hopkins played each other and came out honours even.
Close behind, and waiting for any of the leaders to falter, David Jackson and Javan Argent beat Adrian Hill and Robin Jackson 3&1 to lie fourth with nine points while Richard Gilbert and Dave Tilley slipped back to fifth on seven points after halving their match with Steve Barnett and Glynn Woolf.
Matt Pettit and Dan Elliott lead League C on 10 points after their 3&2 defeat of Kev Lawrence and Ian Jacobs with Neil Harden and Mark Norman defeating Mark Musgrove and Hugh Riddlesdell 5&4 to leap-frog them into second place on nine points.
Chris Quinn and Dave Lennie are fourth on seven points courtesy of their 6&5 win over Jim McEwan and John Coulter, with Anthony Barnes and Graham Shaw fifth on the same number of points after losing two down to Brian Barber and Doug Hunter.
John and Jordan Mayman lead League D with 10 points, after overcoming Charles Cade and Robin King 5&3.
Three teams are close behind on eight points, led by Jason Rudkin and Steve Coultas who halved with Paul Ramm and Richard Allen.
Trevor Robson and Ryan Birtles climbed to third place with their 7&6 win over Ray Rose and Derek Reid-Hughes while Mike Powell and Matt Payton lie fourth after halving with Paul Wilkinson and Bob Emmins.
Allen and Ramm, and Cade and King, are a little further back on six points, but still with a theoretical chance of getting through if results go their way.