Ladies are off to an ideal start

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RUTLAND County Ladies have started their season with a bang by defeating Burghley Park 4-1 away in the national Mail on Sunday classic.

Resplendent in their lucky new team colours, the ladies were in irresistible form with Suzanne Huxley and Jackie Cole both recording fine 5 and 4 wins. Karen Palmer won 2 and 1, Ann Shuttleworth lost 2 down and Anne Milsom won 1 up.

l THE Seniors Captain Stewart Picton has started his season off with a three leg, Captain v Vice-captain Challenge.

The first leg was a pairs with alternate drive format which encouraged a good turn-out and saw a 9-6 win for Stewart’s team. The second round of the competition was due to be staged this week and the third round on Tuesday next week.

Picton also took the opportunity to rouse his troops for the coming season of inter-club matches and is happy with the influx of new members to the senior section which should help his cause.

Fitness instructor Gordon Young urged his eager team of Alistair Scott and Geoff Osborne to victory in the three from four competition with a score of 81. A first for Andrew Moore in the three from two, energized by the presence of the club captain and seniors captain in his trio – he recorded his first ever gross par on the first hole.

l A GOOD turnout for the March Medal found the course in almost late Spring conditions. With little rain, the greens are firm but true and look set to improve even further upon last year’s great form.

Geoff Osborne exploited the conditions and his own scintillating early-season form by winning the medal with 86-21=65 ahead of the steady Pete Siciliano’s 79-12=67 who also shared best gross with the even steadier Deggie Palmer.

Former Uffington opener, Bob Haynes collected third spot on 84-16=68 just ahead of playing partner Tony Coulsey on 91-22=69. Newcomer Paul Rice showed well again in only his 2nd club competition with a steady 90-19=71 for 5th spot.