Club golfers compete despite Ryder Cup distraction


Sleaford Golf Club

The exploits of the Europeans at the Ryder Cup kept a number of people away but 74 golfers played in the September Medal at the weekend.

Winning on countback with a net 68, was Nigel Prue from Brian Scarborough. Tim Saunders, Karl Kinsella and Rob Corder took the minor place in Division One with net 69s.

In Division Two, Steven O’Hara edged out Neil Burton thanks to a with a net 68. The J. Blow Cup was won by Robbie McCauley with a net 66.

Wayne Banton and Scarborough were second and third with net 67s with Mark Hipworth, Stuart Graves and Martin Taylor scoring net 68s. Eleven-year-old Michael Baines secured an 18 handicap playing in the extra medal.

An away day for the Senior section at Norwood Park Golf Club was won by Bob Braban with 38 points. In second place with 36 was Tony Masters and third was Gerry Walsh with 35.

The Terry O’Toole mixed pairs competition saw Joan Carpenter and Phil Hilton win with 47 points. Second, on countback, were Ellen Phipps and Tony Gordon.

The Seniors section donated a total of £920 to the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance as a result of money raised at the Ron Body Trophy meeting, together with sponsorship from Barclay’s Bank.

The Ladies Cancer Relief Stableford was won by Kathleen Beeton who scored an excellent 42 points. Runner-up was Celia Collinge with 38.

A friendly match against Canwick Park saw the ladies lose 4-2 with Di Heyes and Eileen Harris plus Kathleen Beeton and Shirley Elliott being the only winners.

Carrying a loss of 2.5 to 3.5 to the return fixture at South Kyme, the President’s team saw the club lose the trophy for the first time. The first three pairs could not find a win between them and it was left to the last three pairs of Rob Hipworth and John Robertson, John Bateman and Bill Gault and Geoff Hazelwood and Barry Jessop to bring an air of respectability to the result.