GOLF: Burghley Park return from travels

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BURGHLEY Park was has reopened to golfers after a 10-day closure for the annual horse trials.

In the meantime, members have taken advantage of the hospitality of other local clubs with 44 players were able to get some competitive golf in three C Team away matches which took place last Saturday, at Rutland County, Greetham Valley and Oundle.

These fixtures have been played during the Burghley Weekend for more than 10 years, and are much appreciated by Burghley members, although the Burghley players’ minds must have been elsewhere, as all three matches were lost.

The best performance was at Greetham Valley, where vice captain Richard Gilbert’s team got within two points of the home team, but lost 6-4. The match at Rutland County resulted in a 4½-1½ loss for Burghley, while the team at Oundle were whitewashed 6-0.

Results (Greetham Valley): Richard Gilbert & Stuart Ward lost 3&2, Dave Tilley & Paul Wilkinson won 2&1, John Tilley & Rob Dennis lost 2&1, Dave Lennie & Mike Barton lost 5&3, Stuart Busby & Chris Quinn won 3&1, Mike Beaumont & Andrew Vaughan lost 5&4, Paul Sampy & Charlie Gardiner lost 4&3, Donald Macmillan &Tony Blakeman won 5&4, Alex Cole & James Vaughan won 4&3, and David Brailsford & Paul Woods lost 2 Down. (Rutland County) – Mick Chapman & Terry Moss lost 5&4, David Jackson & Brian Barber lost 2 Down, Phil Bell & Ricky Bellett Halved, Graham Camp & Bob Chapman lost 4&3, Bob Moss & Nigel Pugh won 3&1, and Jim Brader & Bob Cleveland lost 2 Down. (Oundle) – Keith Duff & Joe Bates lost 2 Down, Richard Cook & Robin King lost 3&1, Adrian Crowson & Gary Lang-Norris lost 5&3, Charles Cade & Kevin Earl lost 2 Down, Jake Brown & John Brown lost 1 Down, Brian Plowright & Peter Symonds lost 2&1.

l LAST Thursday Burghley Park’s Seniors travelled to Toft, where they went down 6-2 to a determined Toft side.

Burghley captain Bob Parker and his partner Keith Duff, both past Toft members, were hopeful that local knowledge would be to their advantage but were unable to overcome an inspired performance from Toft captain Roger Everson and Eric Wilson.

Results: Bob Parker & Keith Duff lost 3&2, Peter Hickman & Kelvyn Tow won 2 Up, Roland Davies & Donald Macmillan lost 2&1, Bob Collier & Rob Sorrell lost 2&1, Ron carter & Ron Andrew lost 8&7, David Porteous & Colin Dale won 2&1, Brian Plowright & David Devlin lost 6&5, and Robert Irvine & Jim Clarke lost 4&3.