'B' team bounce back after tough start with home victory
The second and final round of the Peck (Net) and Tate & Lyle (Gross) Trophies was played on Sunday at Burghley Park with 98 men turning out for one of the main trophy events of the year.
In the Tate & Lyle, there was a three-way tie at the top at the start of play, Trevor Smith, David Scott and Rob McGarr all sharing the lead with scores of gross 72 in round one, which put them three shots clear of the chasing pack.
McGarr was unable to match his Round one score, slipping down the field with an 87, while dark horse Scott Downie, who started the day in eighth place six shots behind the leaders, produced the best round of the day with his gross 72 which shot him up to second spot with a combined score of 150.
Adi Ward came from four shots back in fifth place to grab third spot on 150, losing out to Downie on countback, but edging out Scott who finished fourth on the same score.
The title went to Trevor Smith, successfully hanging on to his lead by shooting a 76 which gave him the trophy by two shots with a 148 total.
In the Peck (nett) event, Lewin Auciello held the lead from the previous round with his excellent net 65, a couple of shots ahead of Rob McGarr’s 67, with seven other players lurking close behind with sub-70s.
However, Lewin couldn’t quite get it together on the day, his round sputtering out with a lost ball on the 14th.
Chris Rose carded a net 70 to add to his net 69 in the first round which saw him take the trophy with an aggregate 139
Downie added a 67 to his first round 73 for a 140 total which gave him second place, to add to his second in the gross event. Andy Carr took third overall with a net 141.
There were also sub-par rounds from Kev Lawrence (67), Thomas Breheny (68), Neil Nottingham (69) and Bob Emmins (69).
In Division One, Downie took the win with net 67 (cut to seven), ahead of Breheny, who came down to six, and Nottingham.
Division Two went to Lawrence’s 67 (cut to nine), ahead of Emmins (69) and Paul Wallwork (71). Mike Powell took Division Three with his net 70, ahead of George Grant (71) and Mark Norman (72).
Burghley Park’s B team has had a tough start to their season, with their first three fixtures all being away matches.
It was a delight to them to have their first home match at the weekend, against bottom of the table Sleaford.
Captain Jim Scutt’s team was severely weakened, several stalwarts having being called up into the A team, which meant that no less than six players were making their season’s debut.
Sleaford were determined to climb off the bottom and had brought a strong side, so the stakes were high.
Colt Barrett & James Bust were off first and found themselves facing an ex-Burghley member which weakened their home advantage.
The match was nip and tuck all the way and Burghley came down the last needing to win the hole to square the match, but determined play from Sleaford gave them the hole and a two up win.
Kit Alexander and David Tilley went off second and were kept in check by the visitors as far as the turn, but then turned on the style to win comfortably by 4&3 to level the overall match.
The young guns Matt Pettit and Dan Elliot, both playing well just now, had a titanic struggle with the advantage swinging one way and then the other, but managed to get their noses in front on the 17th and hung on down the last to run out one up winners and put Burghley ahead.
Ant Barnes and Stuart Ward, both making their B team debut and determined to impress, went out fourth and quickly looked as if they were team regulars.
Ward had a blinder, carding five birdies, and the pair were never in trouble, closing down the match on the 14th for a 6&4 win and putting the home side firmly in the driving seat.
Next out were Chris Palmer and John Tilley with Palmer drawing on his home experience as a Burghley greenkeeper and Tilley being his usual solid self.
The match was tight all the way, with only one hole in it for most of the way and the 18th tee was reached all square, before Sleaford stole the hole to win one up, leaving Burghley with a 3-2 lead with one match to go.
Fittingly, it was left to captain Jim Scutt and Paul Evans to resolve the match, but they seemed to have an uphill task on their hands, facing one of Sleaford’s strongest pairings.
It was all square until Evans birdied the third to put Burghley one up, where the score stayed until Scutt birdied six to reach the turn two up.
Further wins on 10 and 11 saw Burghley cruising at four up before Sleaford showed what they were made of by winning the next two holes to close the gap to just two.
But that was it as Scutt and Evans got their heads down and halved the next four holes to claim the match 2&1 and give Burghley a deserved 4-2 win in the fixture.
The Men’s Midweek Stableford at Burghley Park on Thursday was claimed by Robert Howe (16) with a solid 39 points.
After a steady start, which saw him card 16 points on the front nine including a blob on the ninth, he burst into life on the back nine, coming home in just three over par gross (23 points) and claim the win by a single point. He was cut to 15.
In Division One, Doug Hunter (14) did it the other way round. His front nine was completed in just three over gross for 22 points, but he fell away on the back nine, coming in with 15 points for a winning total of 37, and being cut to 13 as a result.
John Coulter (14) was second on 36 with Jim McSporran (12) third on 35.
Howe’s 39 gave him the Division Two win, ahead of good scoring by Tony Grant (15) who carded 38 points for second spot and David Rix (26) who finished third with the same score; both were cut a shot.
The Ladies Jubilee Cup at Burghley Park on Sunday was well-supported with 30 competitors turning out.
In-form Helen Cox (16) produced the best round of the day, her net 70 giving her the trophy and a handicap cut to 15.
She played very steadily all day with seven pars and also took the Division One prize. Anne Hughes (16) took second place in the division with her net 73 with Kay Hircock (15) third on 77.
In Division Two, Mollie Plowright (21) took the honours with her net 72, just ahead of Jane Saggers (21) on 73 and Chris Wright (26) on 75.
In the overall BMW Order of Merit standings, Jane Saggers consolidated her lead and now sits at the top of the table after five events with 58 points, with Anne Harrison-Smith second on 44 and Helen Cox third on 34.
Burghley Park’s Seniors welcomed near neighbours Luffenham Heath to Burghley on Thursday, with captain George Clayton-Jones having selected a strong side, most of whom were giving shots to their opponents.
Captain C-J, partnered by Bob Emmins, was determined to set the pattern for the day, and once the pair had got their noses in front there was no way back for the visitors, Burghley taking the match 5&3.
Jim Clarke and Terry Lill played steadily to draw away from their opponents and claim a 3&2 victory, but third pair David Devlin and Paul Wilkinson didn’t find it so easy; playing against ex-Burghley member Paul Redfern and Andy White the match was tight all the way, with Devlin and Wilkinson eventually managing to secure a narrow one up win.
Javan Argent & Alan Gray claimed match four 2&1, before Brian Plowright and Rob Sorrell delivered the biggest win of the day, overwhelming their opponents 6&4.
Maurice Egglestone and Mike Wright kept up the pressure with a 4&3 win before John Mayman and Keith Duff extended Burghley’s lead with a 5&4 win.
With a whitewash beckoning, Luffenham Heath drew on all their reserves of resilience in the final match, overcoming the Burghley pairing of Phil Hunt and Pete Hickman 3&1 to leave the final score as a 7-1 win for Burghley.
In the seniors’ nine-hole qualifier at Burghley Park on Monday, Chris Harrison-Smith (28) at last produced the round he wanted, to record 21 points and see his handicap cut.
Despite an unfortunate start, which saw him score no points on the tricky first, he quickly settled to go through the remaining eight holes in just seven over par and claim the win on countback. He now plays off 27.
He was chased hard by John Read (28), who also had trouble on the first, but retrieved his round with a total of 21 points for another cut to 27. Isobel Reading (22) was third with 20 points.