GOLF: Weather puts Kenwick golfers skills to the test

Colin Burkitt, Di Lidgard, Simon Lidgard & Sue Burkitt. EMN-150416-165231001
Colin Burkitt, Di Lidgard, Simon Lidgard & Sue Burkitt. EMN-150416-165231001

The Kenwick senior men invited the ladies to join them playing an AM AM for the J and M trophies. The format is one man and one lady must score at each hole.

Lee Fisher, Bernard Stafford, Sarah Durrant and Helen Sherratt scored 75 points to win the trophies. Seniors Captain Ron Irwin, Paddy Shillington, Lady Captain Pam Westthorp and Lady Vice Captain Penny Buckley were the runners-up with 74. The team of George Vernon, Drew Hipkiss, Andrea Smaggasgale and Patsy Clark took third place with 72.

L to R back row Bernard Stafford, Martin Sizer, Seniors Captain Ron Irwin & Lee Fisher, 'front row L to R Jean Sizer & Sarah Durrant. EMN-150416-165206001

L to R back row Bernard Stafford, Martin Sizer, Seniors Captain Ron Irwin & Lee Fisher, 'front row L to R Jean Sizer & Sarah Durrant. EMN-150416-165206001

142 players competed in the third annual Kenwick Park Open Texas Scramble in just about every weather condition possible. Wind, rain, hail and eventually glorious sunshine proved a stern test.

A prize was up for grabs on every single hole thanks to the support of local sponsors. The nearest the pin, longest drive, achieving a gross birdie etc, gave all competitors a chance of sharing in the £1,100 prize pot available.

Jim Marton jnr, Jim Martin snr, Chris Escritt and Andre Bamford won the competition with a magnificent score of net 56.5. David Hallifax, Sam Atkin, Joe Howden and Andy Sudlow were second with 58.0.

The team of Sam Czornyi, Keiron Spencer-Chaplain, Josh Baines and Scott Morley cam third with 58.6. Fourth place went to Martin Bett, Martin Kent, Simon Parrott and Rob Thompson with 58.8 ahead of fifth placed Will Pridgeon, Phil Jackson, Lewis Hackett and George McIntosh with 59.5.

Following the event, everyone thanked the sponsors for making it possible and presented a cheque for £250 to the Men’s Captain Steve Blackburn to support his charity of the year Lincolnshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled.

All the competitors taking part in the Gardner Greensomes were glad that they managed to complete their rounds before the rain came. Simon and Di Lidgard won the trophy with a score of 38 points. Rumour has it that Simon lost five balls in the first nine holes and was very glad Di was playing as they still managed to score 21 points on the front nine. The couple had previously won it six years ago while playing their first mixed competition together as an unmarried couple.

Grandma Val Pattinson and grandson Nathan Price, were second with 33. Alistair and Julie Harvey took the third spot with 31 on a count back from Rob and Elaine Houlton.

On a beautiful day, the ladies played a medal round for the Pauline Jackson Rosebowl with the top 16 players qualifying for the knockout stages.

In the silver division, Helen Sherratt scored 87 - 12 = 75 to win for the second week running. Freda Cooper (19) came second with a net 77. Andrea Smaggasgale shot the best gross round of the day with 86-8=78 and took third prize in the division.

Mabel Blackburn was victorious in the bronze division with her score of 96-22=74. Vicki Halmshaw (26) took second spot with a net 80 on a countback from Jill Harrington (25).