Golf: Big turnouts for last major competitions at Burghley Park

Christmas competition winners at Burghley Park, from left Paul Evans (fifth), club captain Richard Gilbert, Adam Mayman (second), Jordan Mayman (winner) and Phil Bell (third).
Christmas competition winners at Burghley Park, from left Paul Evans (fifth), club captain Richard Gilbert, Adam Mayman (second), Jordan Mayman (winner) and Phil Bell (third).

The last major competitions of the year at Burghley Park Golf Club saw big turnouts in both the men’s and ladies’ events.

More than 100 players contested the men’s event, with some impressive scoring at the head of the field, whilst the ladies’ event attracted over 30 competitors.

The Mayman brothers, Jordan and Adam, dominated the men’s competition, continuing their run of hot form in the Winter League, where they have a 100 per cent record in their division.

Still juniors, both look set to make their mark on golf at Burghley for years to come.

Each came in with 42 points, with Jordan’s better back 9 just edging out Adam to take top spot.

Phil Bell also played strongly, snatching third place with an impressive 40 points, ahead of Ian Clark in fourth on 39.

Paul Evans, back at Burghley after a couple of years away, got back into the prizes with 38 points in fifth spot, squeezing out Garry Lang-Norris on countback.

In total, 21 players shot a par 36 points or better, with prizes going to the top 15.

Following the prize-giving, club captain Richard Gilbert and ladies’ captain Janet Duff welcomed Caroline Boyer, representing Macmillan Cancer Support in South Lincolnshire, and presented her with a cheque for £750 raised by the Mulligan Trophy competition earlier in the year, set up in memory of club stalwart Howard Mulligan who died last year.

l The ladies event was held on Saturday, and was played as a “Lincolnshire Waltz” team event over nine holes.

This novel format was played in teams of three over nine holes, with one player scoring on hole 1, two on hole 2, three on hole 3, then repeating the 1-2-3 format twice more.

Victory went to Stephanie Crook, Anne Harrison-Smith and Janet Duff with 39 points, closely followed by Jo Bell, Hannah Vaughan and Sue Churchill on 38.

Third place went to Helen Dale, Shirley Caruth and Joanne Wheatley with 36.

l There was a wonderful turnout for the Midweek Ladies Christmas competition on Tuesday, with 52 ladies taking part in a nine-hole team competition.

Top spot went to Anne Fensom, Barbara Newell and Pip Lesage with 39 points on countback from Pam Barton, Gill Webb and Sue Grindall.

Early birds Zillah Taylor, Elaine Brown and Carol Chapman took third with 37 points.

Everyone enjoyed mulled wine and mince pies after the competition, as well as exercising their brains with a Christmas quiz.

Ladies captain Janet Duff thanked midweek organiser Elspeth Irvine, assisted by Margaret Middleton and Chris Masters, for organising the event, and also for running the Tuesday ladies competitions so superbly throughout the year. This year Burghley’s Tuesday ladies have raised an amazing £1,007 for their chosen charity, EACH (East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices).

l Seniors’ captain Pete Hickman hosted the final event of his year last Friday, when the seniors dinner was held.

More than 80 members and guests enjoyed a convivial evening, with captain Hickman reminiscing on the year and thanking all those who had supported him throughout it.

He was pleased to announce that a total of £700 had been raised for Dementia Support South Lincolnshire from events during the year.

The Clubman of the Year award went to Margaret Middleton for her tireless efforts on behalf of the seniors’ section over the year.

Incoming seniors captain Bob Collier gave the vote of thanks, and announced that David Porteous would be seniors vice-captain for 2014.