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The Past Captains who took part in the Burghley Park Past Captains event.

The Burghley Park and Rothley Park teams who contested the inaugural Seniors match between the two clubs last week.

 Burghey dominate top of the table clash to win the league


Burghley Park’s A Team in the South Lincolnshire League went into their last game of the season on Saturday knowing that only a win would guarantee them promotion back to the top division of the league.

 

Extra spice was added by the fact that their opponents, Boston Golf Club, had the same number of points going into the match and were also fighting for the sole promotion spot. Even more pressure was added by the knowledge that a draw would not be enough if local rivals Greetham Valley won their match at Sudbrooke Park. “Everyone knew that this was a winner takes all situation” said team captain Adi Ward, “and I could tell in the warm-up that they were all up for it. We really wanted to get straight back into Division 1 at the first attempt, and I think that inspired everyone today.”

 

From the start, Burghley went for it. Howard Boylan & Rob McGarr were always in control and put the first point on the board with a convincing 3&2 victory. Things got even better from there, with Sanjay Nithiyilingam & Josh Yarham imposing themselves from the start and taking their match 4&3. Paul Evans & Mark Yarham continued the winning trend with another 4&3 win, before Richard Vaughan & Joe Lippett had the glory of ensuring that Burghley became league champions with a 4&2 win. Captain Ward, playing with Jake Dandy, kept up the pressure with a 5&3 win, before Doug Watterson & Dave Forrest completed the rout with their 3&2 victory. “A 6-0 win was even better than we’d hoped for” said Adi Ward, “and I want to congratulate everyone in the squad this year for contributing to the great team spirit which was so important for us.” Course Manager Paul Mills and his team did themselves proud to present the course in excellent condition for this vital match.

 

The annual Past Captains’ event at Burghley on Wednesday drew the usual good turnout, with 30 past Club Captains and Ladies’ Captains taking part, and another eight joining the players at the celebratory dinner afterwards. Uppermost in everyone’s minds were the two Club Captains who had passed away during the year, Terry Moss and Harry Ramamoorthy, who had both made big contributions to the life of the club during and after their captaincies. The Ladies event was closely contested, as ever, and in the end only a single point separated the top three. Kay Hircock just got her nose in front, however, her 37 points giving her the trophy ahead of Sue Churchill and Mollie Plowright on 36, with Sue taking 2nd spot on countback. The Mens’ event saw Ian Yarham turn out for his annual game of golf, and suffer the usual negotiation about his handicap, especially since he had won the trophy last year. But he then proceeded to show that none of this affected him, carding an impressive 38 points to win again and retain the title. Upholding the family honour, Brian Plowright also figured in the prizes, taking 2nd place with his 36 points, with David Jackson showing a welcome return to form to claim 3rd spot on 35. It was a day for reminiscences, with Ian Yarham recalling that he and Kay Hircock had first played together as Juniors, back in 1967, when they were both 12!

The day marked the end of an impressive week for Kay, as she had won the Ladies’ Midweek Stableford the previous week, with 37 points, edging ahead of Jane Saggers on countback, with Anne Fensom 3rd on 36.

Thursday saw Burghley’s Seniors welcome Leicestershire side Rothley Park to Stamford for the inaugural match between the two clubs, who are looking to strengthen the relationship with each other. One of Leicestershire’s prestige clubs, Rothley brought a strong side, but were at a disadvantage from the start since few of them had played at Burghley before. Their cause was made even tougher by the fact that Burghley Captain Alan Gray had at last managed to put together one of his strongest sides, and was keen to improve the sides somewhat patchy record this season. Gray & Dave Rae led the way and found themselves facing opponents who were equally determined, but just got their noses in front coming down the stretch and ran out 1 up winners, before Tony Caruth & Maurice Egglestone showed how it should be done, coming in with a big 6&4 win to increase Burghley’s lead. Match three was also very tight, but Bill Glencross & Brian Plowright held on to secure a fighting half, before Terry Lill & Bob Emmins reasserted Burghley’s momentum with a 4&3 win. In spite of standing on the 17th tee 2 down with 2 to play, Rowland Davies & Keith Duff made a fight of it courtesy of an outrageous birdie on 17 from Duff, but were on the wrong end of a chip in from off the green on 18 and lost 1 down to register Burghley’s first defeat. In the match behind, Phil Hunt & Paul Sampy found themselves up against powerful opponents who overwhelmed them, going down 7&5 on the 13th green. However, order was restored by Pete Hickman & Bob Parker, whose 2&1 win ensured that the home side would prevail in this inaugural match, and George Clayton-Jones & Ron Carter completed the rout with a 6&4 victory which made the final score 5½ to 2½ to Burghley.

 

Burghley is now closed for 10 days whilst the Horse Trials take place, allowing Paul Mills and his team of greenkeepers to carry out a major programme of course maintenance which will get the course into good condition for the winter and next year.


Published: 30/08/2017





 
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