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Burghley Park's lady golfers progress in national competition

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Burghley Park Ladies continue to shine after celebrating two impressive away wins in the national inter-club Taskers competition.

The A team played away at Tydd St Giles in the second leg of their first round tie and Carol Johnson opened the match with an impressive 6-4 win.

Gail Hunt followed with a tight match against the Tydd captain, winning 3-1, before the hosts came back and won the next two matches.

Burghley Park Ladies Taskers A team and their caddies at the away fixture at Tydd St Giles.
Burghley Park Ladies Taskers A team and their caddies at the away fixture at Tydd St Giles.

Jayne Carney had a great match and came up with another win for Burghley (5-3), but Tydd won the last two matches for a 4-3 victory.

However, with Burghley winning the first leg 5-2 last weekend, they triumphed 8-6 overall to progress to the next round of the competition.

Burghley Park B were taking a 5-2 lead into the away leg at Spalding, knowing that any match at the South Lincolnshire club is always a tough fixture with strong opposition.

Kay Hircock had a closely-fought match, winning one up with her final putt which was the same score as Bev Harpham who was playing at her former club.

Burghley knew they then needed to win just one of the remaining matches to ensure a place in the next round and the ladies did not disappoint with impressive victories for Lynda Lancaster, Gill Bedford, Michelle Powell and Sandy Bushby.

The final aggregate score from the two rounds was an 11-3 win for Burghley Park.

Sunday saw the first ladies’ medal competition of the year with most competitors taking the chance to combine it with their first round of the summer eclectic competition.

Firm greens gave more length than most were expecting and strong gusts of wind at times meant that conditions were challenging.

This was the first competition for ladies’ this year where both gross and a nett winners were recognised.

Janet Farrington is continuing to show the way, but thought she had blown her chances due to a nine on the 18th, taking six shots and a lot of visits to the trees before finally reaching the green.

Finishing with net 73, Janet won the net prize with Pippa LeSage coming in with the same score but finishing second on countback.

Gail Hunt added to her winning streak so far this year and scrambled well to win the gross prize, but her round wasn’t without some knee trembling putts to save bogey at times.

However, three pars and two birdies (including one on the long par five 12th) saved the day and she came in with a creditable gross 90, which also puts her currently in top slot in the eclectic competition.

Ladies’ captain Pippa LeSage took four pairs to play in a most enjoyable friendly match against Rutland Water, where they enjoyed the scenic course and warm welcome from their hosts.

Wins for the pairings of Lynn Collen with Helen Pollard, and Elaine Brown with Lindsay Freeman along with a well-fought half from LeSage and Stephanie Crook meant that Burghley team won the match 2.5-1.5.

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