Simpson shows her Ruth-less streak at Boston Golf Club

Sam Dawson and Ross Woodcock
Sam Dawson and Ross Woodcock

BOSTON Golf Club held its Gala Week – which opened with the Ladies’ Open Texas Scramble, which attracted players from across the county.

Conditions were good and so were the scores but two teams were exceptional and it came as no surprise that it was the ladies most in-form player with three back to back wins in singles events, Ruth Simpson, who captained the winning team, winning with a score of 58.1 nett.

Ruth Simpson holds the Texas Scramble team prize.

Ruth Simpson holds the Texas Scramble team prize.

Leaderboard: 1 Ruth Simpson, Sue Cobb, Kate Hall-Jones, Vanessa Johnson (6.9 rec.) 58.1 nett, 2 Barbara Newcombe, Lesley Plumpton, Claire Rylott, Yvonne Schaffarczyk (7.5 rec.) 59.5 nett, 3 Fran Grant, Mary Piper, Janet Read, Janet Smith (9.0 rec.) 62 nett, 4 Rita Knaggs, Pauline Robinson, Barbara A. Unwin, Lois Williamson (8.5 rec.) 62.5 nett, 5 Hilary Calvert, Ann Hodgson, Pam Hyde, Anne Wallhead (7.8 rec.) 63.2 nett.

Thursday saw the Men’s Open Am-Am Medal, with 24 teams and players travelling from as far away as Sheffield.

In-form Ross Woodcock, playing with Yorkshire seniors players Dave Middleton and Dave Slingsby, played exceptionally well, dropping only one shot.

A top finish was on the cards until father Colin managed to put the team out of the running in one fell swoop after a nightmare last hole, where all four scores had to count.

Winners on the day were Mick Pond’s team, featuring Tony Frost, Fonz Parla and Mark Inman on 134.

Leaderboard: 1 Tony Frost, Mick Pond, Alfonso Parla, Mark Inman 134, 2 Colin Trestrail, Louis Holland, Harry Payne, Freddie Mitchell 137, 3 Bob Playle, Al Wood, Brian Wood, Michael Hobbs 138, 4 Nick Sleaford, Martin Lakin, Trev West, Steve Chester 140.

Friday was the Mixed Am-Am, played as a betterball medal.

This saw yet another win for Eddie and Jean Markham, who can do no wrong at the moment.

Joined by Steve Shaw and Kate Hall-Jones, they won by one with a score of 138, from the father-and-daughter team of the Williamsons and the Robinsons.

Leaderboard: 1 E. Markham, K. Hall-Jones, S. Shaw, J. Markham 138, 2 D. Robinson, D. Williamson, L. Williamson, S. Robinson 139, 3 D. Carter, B. Carter, H. Calvert, E. Manson 141, 4 D. Hodgson, M. Hyde, A. Hodgson, P. Hyde 143.

Saturday heralded the very popular Members’ Gala Day Am-Am, with men’s, ladies’ and mixed formats being played within the one competition.

Men’s stableford: 1 D. Reynolds, W. Hunt, C. Stanney, A. Green 02 pts, 2 D. Williamson, P. Coupland, P. French, D. North 99 pts, 3 J. Payne, M. Gooderson, D. Fulwood, D. Turner 98 pts, 4 T. Newton, K. Green, D. Cartwright, D. Richardson 96 pts c/b, 5 T. Frost, N .Frost, T. Frost, S. Dawson 96 pts.

Mixed Stableford: 1 D. Sutton, A. Sutton, A. Gullick, B. Gullick 98 pts, 2 D. Hodgson, A. Hodgson, E. Markham, J. Markham 95 pts.

Ladies’ stableford: 1 J. West, C. Rylott, Y .Wright, M. Hardy 90pts.

Gala Week culminated on Sunday with the Men’s Open Pairs event.

Players could have been forgiven for thinking that they were playing on the Spanish Costas given the mini-heatwave.

Played off full handicap allowance, a good score was always going to be needed, but in the final estimation, an exceptional score was needed even to make the prize table.

Making one of their rare appearances together nowadays were legendary pairing, Pete Kelly and England pool international Gary Willis, who proved to be the eventual winners on a countback no less with 47 points.

Men’s Open Pairs stableford: 1 P. Kelly & G. Willis 47pts c/b, 2 P. Limb & J. Wright 47pts, 3 K. Marshall & D. Gibbons 46pts, 4 N. Simpson & J. Hull 45pts, 5 A. Horry & R. Lenton 45pts.