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Louise lands final putt in national competition

Toft and Sleaford players after their match. (2783211)
Toft and Sleaford players after their match. (2783211)

Toft ladies played their third Annodata (previously Mail on Sunday) national competition match at home against Kibworth ‘A’team which turned out to be a real humdinger of a contest.

Played in an amazing spirit shown by both teams, the result hung on one putt on the 18th hole which gave Toft a 3-2 victory.

The clinching win was secured by lady captain Louise Bradley with her last shot so saving Cathy Lee from having to take on the duty of a play-off extra match.

Four of the five singles matches could have gone either way so the Toft ladies can now look forward confidently to the fourth round draw.

Results: Mairead Scott lost 2&1, Alison Ravenhill won 2 up, Lisa Hollingsworth lost 5&4, Cathy Lee won 2&1, Louise Bradley won 1 up.

Another win came the Toft way in an away friendly match against Boston West when the ladies proved too strong for the home team, winning 3.5-0.5

The halved score actually came from the clubs of Toft players Margaret Dair and Chris Barnes as Boston West could only field three pairs.

Results: Louise Bradley/Margaret Wilson won 5&4, Sandra Wildmore/Linda Moss won 5&4, Karen Parsonage/Mary Stark won 6&4.

Other results: Medal competition – 1 Cathy Lee 83-9=74, 2 Mandy Lees 90-15=75, 3 Louise Bradley 92-17=75.

Nine- Hole Qualifier: 1 Mary Stark 18 points, 2 Rosemary Delaine-Smith 18, 3 Anne Wildish 14.

Having secured maximum points in their first two league matches played at home, the Toft team travelled to Belton Woods for an away match which would be a real test.

On an overcast day, the Lakes course set up a match that lasted all of five-and-a-quarter hours at the end of which the scores were 2-2, thus giving the Toft team a well earned point.

Lorraine Robinson and Mandy Lees got off to a flying start by winning handsomely 6&4, followed by a decisive 4&3 win from Alison Ravenhill and Lisa Hollingsworth which put the visitors well and truly in the driving seat.

The Belton team however kept fighting their corner and managed a first win for them in a 3&2 result over Louise Bradley and Helen Roscoe.

The last match involving Mairead Scott and Cathy Lee was snatched by the home players on the 18th hole.

It was a good performance from the Toft players, boosting their confidence for their next away fixture against Lincoln.

The Toft Seniors club side gained revenge against Sleaford winning 7.5-0.5 on home soil after losing the away match a couple of weeks ago.

The winning pairs were Geoff Tinson and Alan Barnes (3&2), John Harmeston and Paul Shaw (4&2), Graham Hughes and Dean Regan (4&3), Bob Gore and Richard Shuttlewood (1 Up), Alan E Smith and Alan Somerville (2&1), David Sharp and Dom Sherry (6&4), Mal Nicholls and Paul Stark (5&3) with David Haycox and Rod Campbell halving their game.

The highlight of the match was a round of gross 74 by Alan Barnes (6). The prize of a bottle of wine for nearest the pin on the 10th hole was won by Sleaford’s Mike Howitt who was only 18 inches away.

Fifty-one seniors turned out on Thursday to contest the fourth round of the Summer Eclectic Stableford competition which will be decided over the course of nine rounds this summer.

Despite a very stiff breeze scoring was good with more than 30 players scoring 30 points or more.

Countback was required to decide the top three places with Bob Gore edging out Terry Taylor and Roger Smitheringale with 36 points.

The previous week there were 44 entrants for the John Freeman Classic Medal competition.

Position was based on net score minus age. The winner was Peter Wass who had a fine round finishing with -14 shots.

Second place went to David Wynne with -10 with Harry Woolford in third place on -8. All three players were in the top 10 on straight medal scores.

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