Super seven makes Simon club champ

SIMON Richardson finished on seven under par to win the club championships at Boston Golf Club on Sunday.

The championship was played off scratch over 36 holes, players benefitting from sunny, calm conditions.

As always, over two rounds, the cream of the crop generally rises to the top - and Sunday was no exception.

After the morning round, it was youngster Billy Spooner who led the way after a superb four under par 68, one shot clear of Sam Dawson, who shot a 69.

Two further back was Simon Richardson, the hot favourite, and Mark Payne, who both shot one-under 71s.

Payne’s was an excellent performance given that he only plays infrequently nowadays.

In the afternoon, while Spooner laboured to match his morning exploits, Richardson showed exactly why he plays off +2 as he swept to five shot victory after a six under par, 66.

Payne matched his morning round with a second 71 to finish in second place at two under par with Spooner in third place at level par.

Leaderboard: 1 Simon Richardson (-2) 71+66=137; 2 Mark Payne (2) 71+71=142; 3 Billy Spooner (1) 68+76=144; 4 Sam Dawson (1) 69+76=145; 5 Colin Trestrail (4) 71+76=147; 6 Samuel Vince (4) 79+73=152; 7 Neil Timby (3) 78+75=153; 8 Miguel Skinner (5) 76+77=153; 9 Nicky Frost (5) 74+79=153; 10 Nathan Cook (4) 78+79=157.

The previous Sunday was Rabbits Open Day.

There was a a disappointing turn out of less than 40 players for an event that has previously attracted at least twice that amount.

The pre-tournament favourite was Brian Smith, but this time out he was pushed all the way, just winning on a countback from Stephen Garrard with 40 points. A bevy of four players finished tied on 38 points.

Leaderboard: 1 Brian Smith (20) 40pts c/b, 2 Stephen Garrard (22) 40, 3 B. Herbert (20) 38 c/b, 4 Lee Lowrey (28) 38 c/b, 5 John Payne (21) 38 c/b, 6 Dave Fulwood (28) 38, 7 A. Herbert (20) 37, 8 Adrian M. Cowan (22) 36, 9 Peter L. Keal (23) 36, 10 David Deegan (19) 36.

The ladies’ Am-Am, played on Wednesday, attracted a very good field and saw a comprehensive five point victory by Kath Yates, Jackie Short, Joanna Burden and Kate Hall-Jones after an excellent 95 points.

Leaderboard: 1 Kathleen A. Yates (22), Jackie Short (13), Joanna Burden (11), Kate Hall-Jones (14) 95, 2 Fran Grant (14), Pam Clare (17), Lynn Worthington (27), Barbara Lennox (11) 90, 3 Julie Palmer (8), Elizabeth Mackay (14), Janet Spencer-knott (15), Jane Howard (11) 90, 4 Ruth Simpson (5), Julia West (16), Sue Cobb (11), Sheelagh Culverhouse (14) 89 c/b, 5 Pam Hyde (14), Ann Hodgson (14), Lois Williamson (17), Barbara Moor (20) 89.

The seniors had their longest match journey, playing away down the A1 at Rutland County.

They lost by three-and-a-half to four-and-a-half, but this was a good result away from home with many a match a close call.

Despite the dry weather this year, the course and greens were in superb condition and a delight to play.

Tuesday was medal day for the seniors 35 players took part, winning the up to and including 20 handicap, was Geoff Ward, with a gross 85 net 69.

Second was Dave Sutton with gross 88 net 72, and third Les Martin gross 90 net 75, In the 21 and above category David Harrison, was the winner with a gross 92 net 67, second Alan Bradley, gross 93 net 69 and third Howard Leake, gross 98 net 71.