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Toft Golf Club Ladies land Lincolnshire Shield for second successive season

Toft Ladies are toasting another remarkable achievement.

After winning the Lincolnshire Ladies Club Shield for the first time in their illustrious history last year, they repeated the feat by retaining their crown in the competition at Blankney.

Teams from all over the county – from Waltham Windmill to Greetham and from Tydd St Giles to Woodhall Spa – took part on a challenging Blankney course.

Toft's triumphant team of Louise Bradley, Lisa Hollingsworth, Cathy Lee and Alison Ravenhill. (15895059)
Toft's triumphant team of Louise Bradley, Lisa Hollingsworth, Cathy Lee and Alison Ravenhill. (15895059)

Players were greeted by beautiful rolling parkland with imposing trees, stretches of water and deep bunkers as well as tricky and fast greens with borrow sometimes hidden to those less familiar with the terrain.

Lisa Hollingsworth proved the star of the show as she returned an outstanding nett 73 to win the Brocklesbury Cup, a highly-valued county individual trophy in its own right.

It is to Toft’s credit that this is the same trophy which Louise Bradley won in 2018.

Louise struggled on the first half but found glittering form on the return with a gross 36 - this despite a double bogey on 18th.

Her scorecard for holes 10-18, with one birdie and seven pars, was a huge personal achievement.

Alison Ravenhill also scored a nett 75 as her round was super-consistent. She went out in 46 shots and came back in 46.

In this format the team score is the best combined nett total for the best three of four scores so Cathy Lee’s score was fortunately discarded.

The success is a terrific achievement for Toft - to win the shield in 2018 was a dream, to then retain it in 2019 was extraordinary.

Eight teams of four players took part in the annual Robinson Cup.

On paper, all the teams looked even and any one side had a chance of taking the cup home.

There were some very good scores but the winning team of Viv and Dave Chappell and Alan and Chris Barnes took the trophy with 86 points.

Mandy Lees, Colin Pearce and Paul and Mary Stark were second with 85 points. The other scores were 82, two 80s, 70, 68 and 64.

Richard Robinson was the gentleman nearest the pin on the eighth and nearest the pin in two shots for the gents on the 15th was Alan Barnes.

Because of the windy conditions no lady was able to get nearest the pin in two shots on the ninth hole, so a draw was made between the only two ladies to get down the hole in four shots which saw Shirley Kehoe win the prize. There were 10 birdies achieved on the day.

Anne Wildish and Louise Bradley. (15895055)
Anne Wildish and Louise Bradley. (15895055)

The Toft Golf Club Ladies Past Captains’ Trophy was played for in perfect golfing weather.

Louise Bradley, competing for the first time, came in the winner with 37 points and Anne Wildish was second with 23 points.

Fifteen Toft members crossed the Fens to Tydd St Giles for the annual exchange day.

The course was in excellent condition with slick greens which some members found difficult to deal with.

The format was a Lincolnshire Waltz which proved a popular choice and produced some good scores on an unfamiliar course.

Nearest the pin at the fourth for the ladies was Mairead Scott but, with the pin tucked behind a bunker at the 16th, it proved a little too difficult for the men with no-one even landing on the green.

With a score of 65 points, the runners up were Sally Burton, Judith Childs and Steve Wildmore while the overall winners were Lisa Hollingsworth, David Haycox and Richard Robinson with a score of 69 points.

Other results: Stableford (18 holes) – 1 Chris Barnes 36 points, 2 Shirley Kehoe 30 points; Stableford (nine holes): 1 Anne Wildish 12 points, 2 Marianne Robinson 10 points.

Toft's trip to Tydd St Giles. (15895064)
Toft's trip to Tydd St Giles. (15895064)

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