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Regan reins in memorial match at Toft Hotel

John Davenport Memorial Trophy winner Dean Regan. (2559407)
John Davenport Memorial Trophy winner Dean Regan. (2559407)

Fifty-two members entered the second medal of the season for the John Jameson trophy.

The competition was played off the white tees and, with a stiff breeze, numerous balls were lost in the rough and scoring was particularly difficult.

Countback was required to separate the top three places with all players finishing with a nett 73.

In first place was Robert Casboult (27), followed by Bill Collins (12) with Alan Somerville (18) in third place. Bill Collins recorded the best gross score of the day.

There was a good turnout for the Yellow Peril fun competition.

Each team member took it in turns to drive off with the yellow ball with a penalty if the ball was lost. On each hole three team members scored including the player with the yellow ball.

Second place went to the team of Graham Hughes, Mal Nicholls and Rod Campbell with 119 points but the team of David Sharp, Paul Shaw, Andy Briggs and Alan E Smith emerged victorious with 122 points.

The section then played for the John Davenport Memorial Trophy for the first time, which was also the third round of the Summer Eclectic Stableford Competition which attracted 55 players.

John was a very popular and well respected member of the section for many years but sadly passed away last year.

With the greens and fairways much firmer, scoring was good, despite a stiff breeze.

Countback was required to decide third place with Barry Harriman edging out Clive Gray and John Hines with 36 points.

Countback was also required to decide the top two positions with Dean Regan continuing his superb form of the past few weeks to pip Paul Stark with 37 points.

Graham Hughes, Paul Stark, Kevin Clayton and Andy Brown prepare to tee off for the John Davenport Memorial Trophy. (2559405)
Graham Hughes, Paul Stark, Kevin Clayton and Andy Brown prepare to tee off for the John Davenport Memorial Trophy. (2559405)

Toft ladies' league team played their second match in defence of their title against the newly promoted Canwick ladies who on their first visit to Toft found the course in beautiful condition.

On a misty day and facing unknown opponents who had already notched up a point in their away fixture at Lincoln, the Toft team knew they needed to be on top form.

As it was, the day produced outstanding matchplay, resulting in a splendid win for the home players by 3.5-0.5.

In the most exciting contest of the day, Toft's first pair of Mairead Scott and Cathy Lee found themselves engaged in a dogfight, coming back no less than four times to level the score.

On the 17th hole, they nudged ahead only for the Canwick pair to claw a half on the 18th.

Toft's other three pairs proved invincible starting with a remarkable 6&5 win for Mandy Lees and Lorraine Robinson.

This was followed by two comfortable wins of 5&4 from Sandie Streets and Alison Ravenhill,and Louise Bradley and partner Helen Roscoe.

So far Toft have amassed a total of four points out of four in their two home matches and now face an away fixture at Belton Woods.

Other results: Nine-hole qualifying round - 1 Rosemary Delaine-Smith 17pts, 2 Angela Jenkinson 15, 3 Chris Barnes 15.

Par competition - 1 Karen Parsonage +1, 2 Cathy Lee level.

Toft Seniors’ inter-club side have seen their poor away form continue after suffering a double defeat.

A trip to Sleaford saw the home side come out on top after a 5.5-2.5 success.

The warm weather with the course in excellent condition made playing conditions almost perfect with a great meal and good company afterwards.

The winning pairs on the day were John Tummon and Mal Nicholls (3&2) and Mike Platt and Eric King (2&1). Alan Barnes and Barry Streets halved their match.

Eric King won nearest the pin in two on the 18th green to win a voucher to play the course again.

Alarm clocks were then set early for one of the longest trips of the season to Canwick Park, Lincoln.

The match was reduced to seven pairings as, due to holidays, Canwick struggled to get a full team out.

The match was played in pleasant weather with the course in good condition after overnight rain.

Toft were beaten 6-1, but the match could well have been closer with four of the games lost in the final two holes.

The only winning pair was Alan Barnes and Andy Briggs (5&4). Despite the result it was a good day’s golf on a challenging course.

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