Barbara celebrates her hole-in-one at Burghley

Barbara Newell struck a hole-in-one at Burghley Park Golf Club
Barbara Newell struck a hole-in-one at Burghley Park Golf Club
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The Ladies’ Bailey Foursomes at Burghley was memorable for33-handicapper Barbara Newell, who hit her first ever Hole in One.

Barbara took her 5 iron hybrid for her tee shot on the par 3 third hole, and watched in excitement as it pitched short and ran on into the hole.

“I never thought I’d ever get a hole in one” said Barbara, as she treated all the other players to a celebratory drink.

A field of 28 players took part in the competition on Sunday, with some good scoring in what can be a tricky format.

The clear winners were Chris Clarke and Chris Wright with an impressive 37 points, ahead of three teams on 35, with Jan Devlin and Pat Harris taking second spot on countback.

l Burghley Park’s Juniors continued their excellent unbeaten run in the South Lincs league, winning their final group match at Greetham Valley on Wednesday.

Their 18 points put them 24 points clear and landed the divisional crown. Both Lewin Auciello and Sanjay Nithiyalingam won their three games at Greetham, with Billy Earl winning two, and Jake Brown one.

Their next appearance is in the regional final at Blankney where they will take on Spalding, Sleaford and Thorney Lakes.

l Burghley’s men played the August Stableford in breezy conditions on Sunday.

More than 100 players competed and there was some impressive scoring, with four scores in the 40s.

The closest finish was in division 3 where countback was required to separate Paul Woods and James Longbone who both came in with 43 points. Woods’ 23 on the back 9, with 6 pars, saw him shade out Longbone.

Despite an impressive 42 points, Dennis Hill found this round was only good enough for third spot.

Darron Russon was the days other big scorer, coming home with 42 points to take the division 1 prize. Richard Vaughan was second with 38 edging Eddie Montgomery into third on countback.

Scoring was lower in division 2 which led to a tight finish with three players tied at the top on 37 points.

Steve Coultas took the honours with 20 points on the back 9, ahead of Gary Steadman in second and Stuart Pringle in third.

George Beadle continued his recent good run, shooting an even par gross 70 to record the best gross score of the day.

l Burghley’s teams in the South Lincolnshire Scratch League ended their campaigns last weekend.

The A team travelled to Blankney looking for a draw to seal promotion.

It was always going to be a tough challenge as Blankney have only lost at home once in five years and a combination of local knowledge, strong winds and some very low handicaps proved too much for the Burghley boys, who fought hard but went down 5½-½.

Blankney claimed promotion ahead of Burghley by the narrowest of margins.

Burghley skipper Richard Gilbert said: “I congratulate the whole squad for their commitment and effort throughout the season. Everyone is determined to make sure that we make it back up to the top flight next season.”

The B team drew 3-3 at home to Spalding in their final match of the season - a result that sends Burghley down to Division 2 next year.