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Hellawell hits superb score to win Anniversary Bowl Medal

Both the Toft boys and girls teams have played their first Golf Sixes fixture of the season.

Golf Sixes is a national project organised by the Golf Foundation with the aim of making the sport fun by playing with other children of a very similar level at different courses.

Six teams from five different clubs arrived at Belton Woods and their Academy course provided the perfect venue for the first fixture especially with some of the youngsters never having played nine holes before.

Chris and Alan Barnes with Alan Smith’s wife, Hilary and daughter Jo. (10268788)
Chris and Alan Barnes with Alan Smith’s wife, Hilary and daughter Jo. (10268788)

Small greens and lush approaches proved quite a test as both teams played fantastically well with some good and some indifferent shots.

At the end of play the boys came in a very commendable fourth place and the girls were sixth. Toft host the next fixture in late May.

Toft men’s B team has played their second match of the season at Belton Woods which is always a tough proposition.

Played on the Lakes course on a cold, blustery day the team was well beaten by five matches to one. The only winning pair was Neil Moore and Andy Kehoe.

The C team remain unbeaten this season after two further away matches at Rutland County and Spalding.

The match at Rutland County was played on a fine but windy day, with the greens and fairways firm, but played well.

All pairs played well to achieve an excellent victory 4-2 with some close finishes.

The pairings of Mick Roberts and Mark Gould (5&4) and Nick Brown and Paul Fox (4&2) led the way with the pairing of Andy Paterson and Jamie McLaren (one up) also winning.

Ian Delaine-Smith and Tony Kelby and Jim McLuckie and Keith Brown both halved their matches.

At Spalding, the team was very pleased to come away with a halved match at 3-3 as it is always a difficult place to come away with anything from.

There were wins for Mick Roberts and Nick Brown (5&4), Tom Warwood and Gary Cooke (2&1) and Tom Shinkins and Paul Fox (one up).

The new season at Toft officially commenced with the Anniversary Bowl Medal which kicked off a hectic three week period of competitions.

The bowl was won by Jason Hellawell with a superb 66 playing off 12. In second place Lewis Homewood followed up his victory the previous week in the final of the Winter Singles knockout with a solid 68 playing off 20 (reduced from 22) to earn himself another shot reduction to 19.

The Anniversary Day stableford was won by Curtis Mayoh with 39 points closely followed by Alan Peach, Mick Mason, Adam Freear and Darryl Vaus all on 38 points.

Next up was the Toft Trophy Mixed Stableford which saw a large field compete in what were tricky conditions.

The trophy winner was A team captain Darryl Vaus with 40 points in a very close countback decision over Paul Bates.

Rhys Evans and Dave Patrick were the nearest chasers on 39 points. Thirteen players had better than par scores down to 37 points.

The leading ladies were Cathy Lee and Linda Moss, both with a very creditable 36 points, closely followed by Mairead Scott with 35.

Another large field competed in the Presidents Putter Mixed Medal.

Adam Binns was the victor on countback with 69 from Tom Warwood with Barry Wiley, Graham Lucas and Jamie Pullen all in close attendance on 70.

The busy opening to the season was rounded off on Sunday with the second round in the Summer Series Stableford.

Jim Dobson was the leader on 38 points, beating both Daniel Hines and Matt Dick on countback.

To keep the seniors on their toes another fun competition was played with Jim's Florida two step which proved a great success and a well supported event.

Members picked a partner and on the odd holes the best stableford score from both players counted and on the even holes both scores counted.

This competition last year attracted 20 pairs and produced an average score of 45 points - this year’s average was just short of 51 points with 28 pairs taking part.

Third place went to Paul Shaw and Allan Maguire with 57 points on countback from John Ogden and Rod Campbell.

In second place was Tim Fitzgerald and John Lee with 59 points and the winners were Barry Harriman and Colin Pearce with an impressive 61 points.

Captain Duncan Cameron and his team welcomed Boston West on a day which brought out the best in the Toft players who delivered a resounding 7-1 victory.

There were wins for Cameron and Peter Henderson (7&6), Bob Gore and Ray Bills (5&4), Alan Barnes and Graham Hughes (4&2), John Tummon and Phil Sendall (2&1), Nigel Daniels and Paul Shaw (4&3), Rod Campbell and Kevin Clayton (one up) and Tim Fitzgerald and Eric King (6&5). Peter Harris won a bottle of wine for nearest the pin on the 10th hole.

Sixteen couples competed in the inaugural Alan E. Smith Memorial Trophy competition, played in memory of the long-time member and past captain of Toft Golf Club.

The format was Mixed Greensomes Stableford scoring with half combined full handicap. The ladies received three courtesy shots and the men’s yellow card was used which produced some very high scores.

First and second place was decided on countback with both pairs scoring 40 points but Alan and Chris Barnes had the better back nine scoring 21 points while Mandy Lees and Jim McLuckie were second with 19 points on the back nine.

Third place was claimed by Louise Bradley and Clive Gray, also decided on countback with 38 points.

Alan’s daughter Jo thanked everyone for taking part and said how pleased her dad would have been to see so many people playing. Chris and Alan were then presented with the Trophy statuettes, kindly donated by Hilary Smith.

The second round of the Summer Eclectic Stableford competition attracted 57 players.

Played on a murky and at times drizzly day this didn’t seem to affect the scoring.

Countback was required to separate third place with Paul Nicholson edging out Bill Collins with 38 points.

John Hines was in second place with 39 points and Ray Bills (19) claimed top spot to win by one shot with 40 points.

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