Ladies’ captain leads Burghley to AM-AM side

Burghley golf winners EMN-140723-160417001
Burghley golf winners EMN-140723-160417001

Burghley Park’s annual Charity AM-AM last week attracted a field of 21 teams from 22 clubs across the region, with the proceeds going to the Burghley captains’ charities for the year, the Evergreen Trust and Rutland Sailability.

Appropriately, victory went to the team led by Ladies’ Captain Chris Wright, who edged ahead over the last hole to take the win with 91 points. Chris was accompanied by Rod Wright, Neil Keenan and Wendy Higgs, all from Burghley. Ken Bell, David Bell, John Bennett and Mick Jay from Scraptoft took second with 90 points.

Nearest the pin prizes went to Janet Duff, Stuart Busby, Kay Hircock and Alan Clark.

l Sunday saw the David Blaik Medal, which as usual was well supported, with 87 entries. In drying conditions, which meant there was a good deal of run on the ball, 14 players went sub-70, nine of them in Division 1.

There was a real struggle in Division 1, where both Andrew Frisby and Paul Evans shot net 66, with Frisby edging out Evans on countback. Frisby had a great start, parring the first 6 holes, then shooting a birdie on 7 and another par on 8, before tripping up on 9 with a bogey, for a level par gross front nine.

He more or less repeated the performance on the back 9, with 6 pars and 2 birdies, before bogeying 18 to come in with a 1 under par gross score, which resulted in a handicap cut from 3 to 2.

Evans pushed him hard all the way, coming in with 16 pars, a birdie and a double bogey for a one over par gross 71. They were pushed hard by Dean Vaughan in third on net 67, followed by another four players on the same score.

In Division 2, Kevin Bates net 67 gave him victory over Richard Goodson on 69 and Peter Barnes on 71. Bates was steady all day, collecting 12 pars to finish 9 over par gross. He was cut from 12 to 11 for his efforts. Mark Webb, fresh from winning the Captain’s Prize at Captain’s Day earlier in the month, had another good round in Division 3, carding a net 67 which shaded out Peter Hopkins on countback. Simon Howard was third with a net 69. All three were cut, with Webb coming down to 14, Hopkins to 19, and Howard to 18.

l In the Ladies event, Elaine Brown claimed the win with a net 73, ahead of Debbie Richardson‘s net 75 and Stephanie Crook’s net 78. In the Tuesday Ladies’ Heart Foundation Cup on Tuesday, 15 ladies took part, with Lynn Collen taking the title with 37 points, ahead of Debbie Richardson and Gail Hunt on 36, with Richardson taking second spot on countback.

l The Men’s A team in the South Lincolnshire Scratch League were at home to Tydd St Giles at the weekend, in a key match at the top of the table.

Tydd took the first game to establish an early lead, but Burghley hit back hard to take the next three games to establish a 3-1 lead with 2 to play. Unfortunately, Tydd settled into a good rhythm in the final two games, and managed to grab both, resulting in a 3-3 draw on the day, a result that suited the visitors much better than it did Burghley.

l In the B Team fixture, coincidentally away at Tydd, the Burghley team put in a stunning performance to claim a 5½ - ½ win, and maintain their challenge for promotion.

l The Ladies A Team 
travelled to Torksey for a match which had been rescheduled due to the course being flooded for the previous fixture. The course was very lush following some recent downpours, which made chipping around the greens challenging. Local knowledge proved decisive, as Torksey’s low handicappers used their experience to give the home side a 3-1 victory.

l The Ladies B Team welcomed Carholme to Burghley the next day, in very steamy weather which sapped the strength. However, Burghley proved the better able to handle the tough conditions, to run out 3-1 winners, with some big individual wins.

Results – Sue Churchill & Jan Devlin won 3&2, Gill Bedford & Jane Taylor lost 1 down, Isobel Reading & Lynda Lancaster won 6&4, Sheila Mayman & Janet Duff won 7&5.

l The Seniors re-established their winning habit on Tuesday, recording a 5½ - 2½ win at home over Rutland County on one of the hottest days of the year.

The C Team played the second leg of the annual challenge against North Luffenham last week, having just shaded the away leg 3½ - 2½ earlier in the summer. Burghley made full use of home advantage to secure an impressive 5½ - ½ win, and take the aggregate win by a score of 9-3.