Mandy Lees a runaway winner at Toft Shamrock Stakes

Winners of the Winter Texas Scramble.  The winners are the middle four members, Richard Robinson, Ian Dair, Roger Smitheringale, and Mary Stark, with the Ladies Captain, Jean Parsons on the left, and Club Captain, Phil Sendall on the right EMN-150326-171627001
Winners of the Winter Texas Scramble. The winners are the middle four members, Richard Robinson, Ian Dair, Roger Smitheringale, and Mary Stark, with the Ladies Captain, Jean Parsons on the left, and Club Captain, Phil Sendall on the right EMN-150326-171627001

Toft Golf Club ladies have enjoyed an extremely busy time on the course in a variety of competitions with the March weather offering up a mixed bag of playing conditions.

The Shamrock Stakes played of course on St Patrick’s Day was the first trophy competition of the year and doubled up as a qualifying Stableford round.

Shamrock Stakes Ladies competition winners. From left to right are Mary Stark, Marilyn Marriott, Judith Childs, with Jean Parsons, lady Captain on the right. EMN-150326-171616001

Shamrock Stakes Ladies competition winners. From left to right are Mary Stark, Marilyn Marriott, Judith Childs, with Jean Parsons, lady Captain on the right. EMN-150326-171616001

The weather was cool and damp but the Toft course held up well and one player found top form. Mandy Lees put together a storming round of 41 points to be a runaway winner with Judith Childs in second place and Marilyn Marriott third both on 34.

Founder of the event Mary Stark supplied prizes for Nearest The Pin on the third hole, won by Sandra Wildmore and on the 13th, won by Eileen Wynne. Lady Captain Jean Parsons gave Mary the honour of presenting the prizes to all the winners with herself as announcer and expressed her thanks to Bee McKechnie and Judith Childs.

The last Winter Texas Scramble was played in gloriously sunny and warm weather and with the course in tip-top condition, golfing was a treat.

A field of 15 men and nine ladies formed teams of four and the first three places were very close.

The winning team of Mary Stark,Roger Smitheringale,Ian Dair and Richard Robinson had a strong score of nett 60.1 but close behind were Mairead Scott, Daniel Shuttlewood, Sandra Wildmore and Adrian Childs on 62.4.

Narrowly behind them on 62.8 were Judith Childs, Phil Sendall, Tim Hollingsworth and Jim McLuckie. Lady Captain Jean Parsons thanked Judith Childs for her help in organising and photographing the jolly day and Bee McKechnie and Louise Bradley for doing the raffle.

Club Captain Phil Sendall acted as compere and presented all the raffle and competition prizes. The fun Yellow Peril competition involved 12 ladies in teams of 3 and scoring was extremely close.

The winners were Judith Childs, Marie Davenport and Eileen Wynne with 64 points just one ahead of the second and third teams.

In the nine hole Stableford Rosemary Delaine-Smith was first with 21 points ahead of Jean Parsons on 15 points.

In the March Medal Judith Childs took first place with a net 73 ahead of Sally Burton with 75. Saturday Stableford was won by Louise Bradley with a magnificent 42 points which cut her handicap from26 to 23.

Second was Lorraine Robinson with 30 and third was Mairead Scott on 25.