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Jacobs and Riddlesdell in hot pursuit of leader

A full field of 99 players turned out to contest Burghley Park’s annual men’s Christmas Stableford on Sunday.

Always popular, this year-ending event is usually over-subscribed because of the attractiveness of the prize list and this year was no exception.

Conditions turned out far better than many had feared, given the cold and wet weather of the previous few days, and the benign conditions encouraged good scoring.

Nineteen players recorded 37 points or better, with the top four breaking the 40-point barrier.

Richard Vaughan won the Christmas Stableford at Burghley Park at the weekend. (6149362)
Richard Vaughan won the Christmas Stableford at Burghley Park at the weekend. (6149362)

Richard Vaughan, playing off six, produced the round of the day, reaching the halfway point in two under par gross, courtesy of birdies on the third, fourth and sixth holes, and allowing him to forget his bogey on the first.

Five three-pointers in a row, from the second to the sixth, meant he had 23 points at the turn. He wasn’t quite able to keep this level of play up on the way home, but wasn’t far off.

He played par golf on the back nine, dropping just two shots, to come home with a level par gross score of 70 and a total of 42 points to ensure he claimed the win.

But he only just made it, being chased hard by Hugh Riddlesdell (15) and Ian Jacobs (6), who both finished with 41 points.

Riddlesdell played steadily below his handicap all day, completing each half in just five over gross with a back nine of 21 points which saw him edge out Jacobs on countback.

Having posted his 41 points very early in the day, Jacobs had a long wait to see if his score would be good enough before being pipped at the post.

But he had the satisfaction of coming in just one over par gross, having reached the turn one under for 22 points, followed by a two over back nine for 19 points.

Richard Keal (8) in fourth spot was the other player to reach 40 points, with a four over gross 74, and Dave Lennie (17) took fifth place on 39.

Club captain Bob Collier had masterminded an extensive golf raffle to provide extra interest and encouragement to contribute to the charities with investors hoping to win seats in a box at Old Trafford for a Manchester United match (thanks to Richard Keal for his generosity), free fourballs at various venues, a selection of golf equipment, and a range of other prizes.

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