It’s a scramble at Boston Golf Club

Neil Booley receives his George Kent trophy from Pete Keal, the rabbits captain.
Neil Booley receives his George Kent trophy from Pete Keal, the rabbits captain.

THE Open Texas Scramble am-am at Boston Golf Club attracted a good entry and some surprisingly-good scoring, given the very high winds and occasional deluge.

Results: Gents - 1 D. Carter, J. Woodcock, G. Woodcock, N. Woodcock 61.5 nett, 2 S. Dawson, M. Skinner, R. Woodcock, S. Vince 62.0 nett, 3 S. Spring, W. Walden, S. Walker, S. Mullenger 62.1 nett; Ladies - 1 C. Needham, F. Grant, C. Needham, M. Hardy 61.7 nett; Mixed - 1 L. Brown, M. Pond, J. Allen, M. Allen 63.7 nett.

May has seen a very busy schedule for the ladies’ section, not in the least the start of the month when Boston GC hosted the Ladies’ County Championships.

The course was presented in fantastic condition, with pin positions changed daily.

The championship was played over 36 holes of scratch handicap strokeplay, and the final field was narrowed down to 16, who then continued to play matchplay knockout over the next two days.  

The championship was won by Emilee Taylor of Holme Hall GC, with Jess Wilcox (Blankney GC) losing out in the final.

Pat West (Spalding GC) and Emily Slater (Woodhall Spa GC) were the beaten semi-finalists.

In the Butlin Trophy (best 18 holes nett - silver category players) there were 32 competitors, with Nancy Tatham of Lincoln GC winning with a nett 74.

The runner-up was Angie Powell (Elsham) with a nett 75.

In the foursomes strokeplay (silver category players) 60 competitors took part, with Sophie Beardsall and Emma Tipping (Greetham Valley GC) winning with a gross 80.

The runners-up were Lucy Atter and Trish Baggaley (Normanby Hall) with gross 81.

Andrea Smaggasgale and Julia Labbett (Kenwick Park) took the best nett with 74, edging out Di Platt and Mo Wallace (Spalding GC) who returned a nett 75.5

Boston ladies played two league matches early in the month.

Against Canwick they returned a good win, but they were not so fortunate as they travelled to Belton Woods, where they were defeated.

The 4BBB Ping competition was well supported, and all the ladies joined in the spirit of the day and wore something pink in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer.

A total of £201 was raised for the charity.

The winners were Ruth Simpson and Judith Flevill with 41 points, and their names will go forward into the draw for the next round.

The Australian spoons, a foursomes competition, for bronze players with handicaps 21-36, was won by Julia West and Vanessa Johnson.

They scored 39 points and will proceed onto the next round at Carswell Golf Club, Oxfordshire, in July.

In the Past Captains’ Trophy, Rita Knaggs won with a nett 71, while Chris Sherriff won the Dunhill Islands Cup with 35 points.

The Susan Cooper Cup went to youngster Lois Williamson and Rita Knaggs as they returned a nett 66.

The men’s seniors fought out a 4-4 draw against Sleaford.

It was a close game throughout, with several matches finishing all square after 18 holes, so a draw was a fair result.

The Tuesday roll-up attracted 38 players playing in a singles stableford.

Steve Locke and the irrepressible Howard Leake won their respective categories.

Results: Up to 20 handicap - 1 Steve Locke 38 points, 2 Denis Barton 37 points, 3 Tony Sherwin 36 points; 21 and over handicap - 1 Howard Leake 38 points, 2 Terry North 36 points c/b, 3 Keith James 36 points.

The main event in the rabbits’ section during May was the George Kent Trophy.

This event is held in memory of the rabbits stalwart who, for many years, ensured the continued success of the section. George was also noted for carrying no woods but two four-irons when he took to the course.

This year’s event was won by Neil Booley.