Skilful club captain Swindley wins championship at North Luffenham

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It has been a very busy time at North Luffenham in recent weeks with the club championships over two weekends, the seniors championships, two medal competitions and three inter-club matches.

Club captain Alan Swindley won the club championships. Playing off a handicap of 8, he had gross scores of 78 and 82 to finish with a magnificent gross 160, underlining his reputation as one of the club’s most consistent golfers.

Trailing in second place was John Fursdon scoring 165 gross (83 & 82), resulting in a one stroke cut to 14. Third on countback was Peter Barker, playing off 9, scoring 81 and 84.

Fursdon was the leader in the total nett scores with an excellent 135 (68 & 67), followed by Fred Baxter on 141 (off 24) with rounds of 72 and 69, with John Hastings third (75 & 68) leading to a one stroke reduction to 20.

Swindley failed in his attempt to add the seniors championship trophy, finishing fourth with a gross 88. However, it was a valiant effort having had a painkilling injection in his shoulder to enable him to play.

The winner with an impressive gross 85, playing off 13, was Jim Ashworth who also finished seventh in the club championships.

Second was Chris Lee scoring a gross 86, off 23. In third, scoring a gross 87, was seniors captain Malcolm Hird.

In the midweek medal, played in conjunction with the seniors championships but using nett scores, Lee was the resounding victor scoring an incredible nett 63 (off 23), earning him a three stroke cut.

Dale Pettitt was second with nett 64 (off 27) and was cut by two, followed by Dave Purvis (off 22) whose handicap was cut by a stroke.

The Sunday medal was won with an excellent nett 66 by Dave Grieve (off 20), who was cut by one. Ever-consistent Fursdon came second with nett 67 (off 15), closely followed by Hastings on nett 68, playing off 21 but now reduced to 20.

The senior men’s team lost away at Humberstone Heights by 11/2 to 41/2, and then 0-6 to a strong Rutland Water.

The men’s team lost by 1/2 to 51/2 to a very strong Burghley Park on their own course.

For a club as small as North Luffenham, this was an exceptional level of activity in one month, and members are to be congratulated on their commitment to the club.