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Toothill takes honours in Sparks Salver event

Richard Wilson, Paul Clegg and Darren Haughton at the league awards presentation. (4747942)
Richard Wilson, Paul Clegg and Darren Haughton at the league awards presentation. (4747942)

The Lincolnshire League season was formally wrapped up at an awards evening at Boston Golf Club at which both Greetham Valley first and second teams received their league trophies.

Prior to the annual awards most of the South Lincolnshire clubs played for the Les Pepper Trophy and the Greetham team of Paul Clegg (club captain), Richard Wilson (first team captain), Darren Haughton (second team captain) and John Peyser (second team captain for 2019) competed bravely in horrendous, wet conditions.

The team struggled to hold a putt on the day and finished in a mid-table position.

On Sunday, a great turn-out of more than 100 golfers competed for the inaugural Sparks Salver competition (named after the eponymous president).

Neil Toothill was the clear winner with a round of 41 points thanks to two birdies and six pars in his round. Unfortunately he also had three double bogeys to prevent an even better score.

Close behind Neil was Martyn McGhee, with 40 points, with a similar six pars but just the one birdie.

The leading lady was Ellie Haughton with 38 points while Joe Sargood was the leading junior with 37.

Joe carded three birdies and a host of pars in a very steady round in which he only had a slight problem on the fourth while Ellie played an almost impeccable round of one under gross apart from the second hole where she failed to score.

In the Bob Ford Past Captain's Tournament, George Grant beat 15 other past Captains with a great score of 42 points - this is his third success in pursuit of this trophy which is presented on prize night.

Neil Crees won the 2's Sweep on his own and also two nearest the pins. Other nearest the pins winners were Dennis Millington and George Grant.

The Douty Cup was up for grabs on Saturday in the form of a Mixed Pairs Better-Ball and the weather had a severe effect on the number of entries with half the expected field withdrawing as the forecasted heavy rain caused havoc.

Of those who did play there was no stopping Russ Aust and his partner Jackie Friend who amassed 43 points to beat Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty on countback. In third place were Craig Allan and Pat Jamieson with 37.

In the Gents Midweek Medal, Gabriel Amies-McCormack (11) had a clear win when he scored gross 81 to take first place with nett 70.

Gabriel had a very strong front half at only four over gross, thanks to four pars and a birdie, and was in line to repeat the exercise on the back half until he ran into a bit of trouble on the 13th where he took a double bogey, following a birdie on the previous hole. He then finished the last four holes in two over gross to cement top spot.

Close behind was Dave Copley (8) with nett 72 who played an almost perfect round, composed of 12 pars and six bogeys. He was particularly strong on the last nine which he completed in only two over gross.

Surprising himself, David Aldred (14) was third with nett 72 despite taking an eight on the fifth where he inadvertently played the wrong (but similarly marked) ball to incur a penalty. A strong birdie, par, par, birdie finish however lifted him into third spot.

In the Ladies Midweek Medal, Lesley Young (18) came out top with a nett 72 thanks to six pars over the round.

Lesley was particularly strong over the front nine which she completed in only six over gross but she was just unable to keep her form up over the last holes, in particular the 10th caused her some problems as well as the 15th but she finished well to hold top spot.

Bryony Batch (30) had a great round for nett 73 with a slightly stronger front half than on the return.

With the aid of an excellent par on the fifth, Bryony was looking good although the eighth was a problem to her.

Coming home the length of the last few holes caused her to drop rather more shots than she hoped but she was still delighted to finish in the runner-up slot.

Third place went to Jane O'Donnell (26) who also scored nett 73 and she was looking in perfect shape to take the overall lead following successive pars on the 10th and 11th holes but a complete disaster on the 16th cost her dear and knocked her right back.

More than 60 seniors played a Stableford Qualifier on the Valley course on Monday and there were some examples of very high scoring.

In first place David Baldwin (28) had one of those rounds which everyone dreams of when he won with 45 points on countback.

David, who will now play off 25, had four pars in his round and was delighted to score on every hole.

Close behind, and with a result decided on countback, Dave Isaac (also 28) had a particularly strong front half where he carded 25 points.

Coming home Dave was unable to continue his hot streak at quite the same level and, in particular, ran into trouble on the 15th but he likewise was delighted to be on the leadership board.

In third spot, Mike Hoye, who has at last found the consistency that he has always threatened, made 11 pars in a great round but he was undone by a no score on the ninth which restricted his points to 42.

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