Stalwarts rewarded for their long service
The Seniors Open at Burghley Park was a resounding success to the delight of seniors' captain George Clayton-Jones.
“We had nearly 80 entrants, from 26 clubs across the region” he said, “and I’m really grateful to Barchester Healthcare for their sponsorship of the event, and am especially pleased that Kerry Angeloni, General Manager of their Tixover House Care Home, was here to present the prizes, along with her colleague Jodi Rutherford.”
Barchester have more than 200 care homes across the UK and are very supportive of local events.
The Better Ball Stableford saw some very impressive scoring, off 90 per cent handicap, and a score of more than 40 points was necessary to have any chance of a prize.
Course Manager Paul Mills and his team had done a great job in setting up an interesting but challenging course, with some pin positions testing the players to the full, and the condition of the course drew compliments aplenty.
Birdies were plentiful, but one player from Newmarket Links Golf Club took it a bit too literally, his tee shot on the 10th hitting a gull which, although somewhat shaken, then flew off to safety.
Home pairs took the top two prizes with Paul Wilkinson and Bob Emmins’ 46 points proving too good for the opposition, Wilkinson carding five birdies on the way to their winning score.
Burghley's Pete Hickman and David Devlin followed close behind with 44 points, giving them second place.
The remaining three prizes were all claimed by visitors. Steve Steels and John George of Gedney Hill took third spot with 43 points, squeezing out Dave Maw of Ely and Lawrence Brett from Girton on countback.
In fifth place were Richard Smith from Elsham and Alan Brunskill from Holme Hall with 41 points.
The Clubhouse was packed at Burghley Park on Friday evening for the annual presentation of long service awards to members who had been with the club for more than 30 and 40 years.
Pride of place went to Keith Barwell who has been a Burghley Member for 40 years, with club captain Bob Collier and ladies’ captain Lynda Lancaster sharing the presentation duties.
“It’s an honour to celebrate the long term commitment and contribution which all tonight's award winners have made to the club” said Collier.
Thirty year awards went to one of Burghley’s oldest members Arthur Sutherland who is now in his 90s, along with Mary Dooley, Fiona Ruddick, Gill Parkinson, Donald Macmillan and Paul Sampy.
Following the awards, Alan Gray, a retired Wimbledon umpire, hosted a tennis themed trip down memory lane, during which members learned much about what goes on behind the scenes at SW19, and were treated to humorous tennis poems delivered by Gray and guest Andrew Harwood, assisted by Marilyn Webley and Maryon Cook
Ryan Keal turned in an excellent performance in the June Medal at Burghley Park on Sunday, carding a net 65 to take the overall win and receive a two shot cut to 15.
He was on fire and early on in his round an even better score looked likely. After seven holes, he was only four over gross, but suffered what might have been a calamitous setback on the eighth, scoring a quadruple bogey nine, and reaching the turn more or less on handicap.
Wiping the bad memories from his mind, he settled into a good rhythm on the back nine, birdies on 16 and 17 helping him to a three over gross back nine and an impressive net 65.
In Division One, Joe Lippett (1) shot the best gross score of the day, a level par 70, and took the divisional prize with his net 69.
He was steady all day, parring his way round the front nine (except for a birdie on seven), and just dropping a single shot on the way home, when he bogeyed 11.
Pushing him close was Mark Yarham (5) with a net 70, who carded a level par gross front nine, but couldn’t quite maintain the momentum on the way home.
David Forrest (7) played it the other way round, struggling a bit on the front nine before bursting into life with a one over gross back nine for a net 71 in third place.
Good scores abounded in Division Two with Neil Harden (11) heading the pack with his winning net 66.
Reaching the turn in five over gross he settled into a run of pars, along with a birdie on 16, to come home in just two over gross and see his handicap cut to nine.
Matt Payton (13) had three birdies in his net 67 and it could have been even better if he hadn’t double bogeyed the last, but he hung on to take second spot on countback from Carl Taylor (12). Payton and Taylor were both cut to 11.
Division Three went to overall winner Keal, but only just. George Grant (18) was just one behind with his net 66 and was cut to 16 while Hugh Riddlesdell (15) was third with his net 68, which saw him cut to 14.
This was event five in the season-long BMW Order of Merit, sponsored by Sycamore BMW of Peterborough, and, while leader Rob McGarr stayed out in front in the overall standings on 32 points, the chasing pack is closing in.
Neil Harden is up to second place on 29 points with Matt Payton now third on 25. This one looks as if it is going to the wire.
There was a tight finish in the Ladies’ June EGU Medal, part of the BMW Order of Merit, with countback being needed to separate two players with net 71s.
In-form Helen Cox (15), who has been putting together an impressive series of performances recently, went off like a rocket, reaching the turn in just three over gross with a fine display of par golf, but found the back nine more challenging to finish with a two under par 71.
Jane Saggers’ (21) round followed a similar pattern, with a better front nine before dropping shots on the way home, and she too finished with a net 71, but just edged Helen out on countback.
Cox was a clear winner of Division One, finishing three shots clear of Margaret Middleton (20), who was going well until running into trouble on the par five 15th. Michelle Powell (16) took third with a net 75.
Jane Saggers won Division Two, ahead of second placed Pippa LeSage (27) on 75 and Janet Duff (23) on 76.
After six events in the BMW Order of Merit, Saggers is streets ahead with 73 points, with Helen Cox having climbed to second on 48 with Michelle Powell third on 45.
In the Ladies’ Midweek Stableford, Helen Cox (15) again took the honours, winning with 36 points, which included two blobs.
Competition was tight though as ladies captain Lynda Lancaster (21) took second spot with 35 points, beating Bev Harpham (23) on countback.