GOLF: Great turnout for memorial competition at Kenwick Park

Juniors Championship day - back L to R Kenwick Park PGA Professional Paul Spence, Ben Darke, Toby Draper, Lewis Andrew, Maxim Mower, Harry Wood, Billy Wright & Tom Evison.  Front row L to R Nathan Price, Ashton Turner, Freddie Fearn & James Larder EMN-140825-094352001
Juniors Championship day - back L to R Kenwick Park PGA Professional Paul Spence, Ben Darke, Toby Draper, Lewis Andrew, Maxim Mower, Harry Wood, Billy Wright & Tom Evison. Front row L to R Nathan Price, Ashton Turner, Freddie Fearn & James Larder EMN-140825-094352001
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Blustery conditions greeted the 119 competitors playing an 18 hole medal from white tees for the Marcus Brown Trophy at Kenwick Park Golf Club.

The competition is held to commemorate local golfer Marcus who sadly died in his 30s in 1997. It is open to members from both Kenwick and Louth Golf Clubs.

Kenwick Park’s junior member Ben had a great round of 78-9=69 to win the trophy on a countback from Mark Irving, 79-10=69. This victory has helped Ben to half his handicap this year so far.

Paul Dewhurst (5) shot an impressive 75 to win the very unusual trophy for the best gross round. John King had the trophy made out of a branch from a tree on the 13th hole with a ball lodged in which had been hit there by Marcus.

The Kenwick Park men’s foursomes side made it through to the Elsham Trophy finals day at Elsham for only the second time in the club’s history.

Sadly a plugged ball in the green side bunker at the 18th hole proved the deciding factor in the final and Kenwick’s team of Mick Upton (Captain), Chris Willey, Sam Done, Billy Wright, Lewis Hackett, and Neil Pridgeon were runners-up to Belton Park.

A dozen of Kenwick’s young talented golfers assembled for a hotly contested medal round off the yellow tees for this championship. England International Ashton Turner (+3) won the championship for the Smith Cup with a superb 62 from runner-up Billy Wright who had proved a stern test for Ashton for the first 12 holes.

A 71 from Billy would normally have been good enough to win on most occasions but Ashton had other ideas. A front nine of seven par fours and a brace of twos was a steady enough start. Ashton was two under stood on the 13th tee and that’s when the fireworks really began.

Birdies at the final six holes added up to a simply sublime score of 62. Eleven-year-old Freddie Fearn won the net competition with his excellent round of 88-26=62 and reduced his handicap by four shots.

Windy conditions greeted the ladies playing the very enjoyable pairs better ball competition on Invitation Day. Sue Sykes and Jo Partridge (Louth) played with Tracey Stobart and Gill Kapka Cleethorpes) and the pairs matched each other shot for shot all the way round.

In the finish, Sue and Jo took first place with 36 points on a countback from their playing partners. Lady Vice Captain Pam Westthorp partnered by the Lady Captain of Market Rasen, Ann Todd also scored 36 but were placed third. Jo Herring and Janet Godfrey were fourth with 35.