Dawson dominates in the Midweek Stableford at Burghley
Round one of the two-round aggregate competition for the Peck Memorial Trophy at Burghley Park attracted a field of 94 players on Sunday in wet and windy conditions which tested everyone.
Mark Johnson (14) mastered the conditions best, coming home three shots clear of the field with a net 66 to take a clear lead into Round two in a few weeks time.
He kept cool throughout his round, completing each half in just five over par gross, including a birdie on the 11th, and saw his handicap cut to 12.
Best gross score of the day was shared by John Young, Adi Ward and Charlie Barwis who all came in with a gross 76.
Division One was claimed by Jon Young (seven), whose net 69 saw him card birdies on the eighth and ninth holes, and then complete the back nine with eight pars and a double bogey.
Thomas Breheny (seven) took second place on countback from Chris Rose (six), both on net 71.
Division Two went to Terry Austin (10) with his net 69, which looked at one stage likely to be very much better, as he reached the turn in just one over gross, carding six pars, a birdie and two bogeys.
He faltered a bit on the back nine, a triple bogey on the 12th causing some anguish, but then hung on to break par and see his handicap come down to nine again. Javan Argent (12) took second place with a 71 and Jon Tyrrell (11) was third on 72.
Mark Johnson’s net 66 ensured he took the Division Three prize as well as the overall win, four shots ahead of Ray Brown (16) on 70 and Hugh Riddlesdell (15) on the same score.
The Midweek Stableford was contested by a field of 59 and was dominated by Steve Dawson (six) who went round in just one over par gross for 41 points and a clear win over the rest of the pack.
The front nine was impressive as he birdied holes four and six, bogeyed three and parred four to card one over gross for 20 points.
The back nine was even better as he carded seven pars, a bogey and a birdie for level par gross and another 21 points. His handicap came down to five as a result.
Dawson’s score ensured he came out on top in Division One, chased by Maurice Egglestone (13) on 38 and Jorge Tinoco (five) on 37.
Egglestone was cut to 12 while Tinoco went through the front nine in level par gross for 20 points before slipping a bit on the back nine.
Division Two was won by Stewart Kirkpatrick (16) on 38, ahead of Tony Rogers (16) on 37 and Peter Calcutt (14) on 36. Both Kirkpatrick and Rogers were cut to 15.
Fourteen pairs of ladies turned out for the Bailey Foursomes on Sunday despite the unwelcoming conditions.
Victory was claimed by Elaine Brown and Sheila Mayman with 38 points, playing steadily for two halves of 19 points.
Penny Campbell and Anne Hughes claimed second place with 37 points, after a strong showing on the front nine, where they recorded 20 points. Margaret Middleton and Mollie Plowright were third on 34.
Tuesday’s nine-hole Stableford competition saw 19 ladies taking part with Binnie Bermingham (35) winning with 21 points, bringing her handicap down to 34. Marilyn Webley (20) was second on 19 and Stephanie Crook (23) third on 18.
In captain Phil Hunt’s absence, past skipper George Clayton-Jones led Burghley Park’s Seniors the short journey up the A1 to take on Greetham Valley on their own patch.
Hopes were high, but the hosts clearly had other ideas.
Off first, Clayton-Jones and Rob Sorrell had their backs against the wall all the way, finally succumbing 2&1 to give the home side their first point.
Maurice Egglestone and Tony Chick weren’t about to give up so easily, fighting hard all the way before agonisingly losing the match one down to the very last putt of the match.
Bill Glencross and Keith Duff had no idea what had hit them as one of their opponents (playing off 16) reached the turn in just two over par gross, and hardly let up on the back nine, finishing with a net 64.
The Burghley pair put up a strong rearguard action, but eventually waved the white flag as they went down 4&2, leaving Burghley three matches down with three to play.
Richard Gilbert and Steve Cheeseman turned the tide with a narrow one up win in match four, but that only postponed the inevitability as Brian Plowright and Mike Wright were routed 6&5 to ensure Greetham would be victorious.
In the last match Dave Rae finally delivered the performance he knew he was capable of, as he and partner Geoff Kevan ran out 6&4 winners, to make the final result a 4-2 win for Greetham.
Burghley welcomed Market Harborough to Stamford for a mixed match where they discovered that the visitors had only brought six pairs instead of the expected eight.
Richard James and Judy Cade got the home side away to a good start, overpowering their opponents 6&4 to get Burghley’s first point on the board.
Javan Argent and Barbara Newell continued the good news for Burghley, running out 6&5 winners, and Richard Gilbert and Chris Clarke further extended the home side’s lead with a 4&3 win.
Charles Cade and Anne Harrison-Smith battled hard with their opponents, before being edged out on the last hole to lose one down and raise the hopes of the Leicestershire side.
Richard Cook and Christine Redfern made sure of the home win with a 5&4 victory before Chris Harrison-Smith and Pauline Crampin were beaten 4&3 to leave the final score a 4-2 win for Burghley.
Rather than waste their afternoon, the two superfluous Burghley pairs took on each other, with the end result being a half between Brian Plowright and Sheila Mayman and Graham Bedford and Mollie Plowright.
Nineteen teams of four turned up at the crack of dawn on Bank Holiday Monday, for the 7am shotgun start of the traditional Bank Holiday Texas Scramble.
With nine teams coming in with scores below 60 it was a low-scoring extravaganza with victory going to Kev Lawrence (11), Geoff McDonald (nine), Jim McFerran (10) and Graham Rigg (nine), who came home with a gross 59 which became a net 55.1.
But they didn’t have it all their own way as they were chased hard all the way by Lewin Auciello (five), Wendy Hillson (22), Anu Kumar (28) and Andrew Taylor (10), whose 55.7 saw them safe in second place.
Third spot went to Anne Hughes (17), Carol Johnson (16), Richard Keal (eight) and Richard Vaughan (five) on 56.6.