GOLF: Kenwick hold town bragging right over Louth as clubs go head to head


The 19th annual Louth Town Match between Kenwick Park and Louth Golf Clubs was held at Kenwick recently.

The teams are made up of pairs of members of the various sections of both clubs who play against each other.

Due to the threat of bad weather, the nine-holes morning foursomes was cancelled and only the 18-holes better ball round took place.

Kenwick Park’s Captain Steve Blackburn and Lady Captain Pam Westthorp guided their team to a 10-6 victory against a Louth team captained by Andrew Wilkinson and Moira Barker.

As practise for the upcoming season, Kenwick’s men’s A team played the B team on a cold and windy day and won by a margin of 4 and 2.

An early trophy competition for a very unusual silver statue of an eagle called the Paywani trophy found the men playing a better ball stableford.

Low handicap golfers Lewis Hackett (2) and Joby Barton (6) won with a stunning score of 45 points. Andy Oliver (14) and Mike Walker (13) were second with 41.

77 men played the first medal from the composite blue tees. which is a halfway house between the existing white and yellow tees.

The blue tees course measures 6,457-yards with a par of 71 and a standard scratch of 72.

Sam Bulcock played well to win division one with a good score of 80-9=71. Ryan Girdley (6) came second with a net 72 ahead of Chris Willey (5) with a 73.

Paul Marsden won division two with a good score of 91-20=71; Andy Oliver (14) was the runner-up with a net 73 on a count back from Ben Forbes-Burton (15). Billy Wright scored the best gross of the day with a great round of 73.

After beating Sam Bulcock on a count back, Paul Marsden alongside professional Michael Langford will represent the club in the Lombard Trophy at Fulford Golf Club in July.

After early morning fog, the players in the Bank Holiday better ball stableford competition were soon bathed in sunshine.

Last year’s winners Jake Fixter and Stephanie Brayshaw had a great score of 43 to win it again. Nik Fox and Samantha Hayter, taking part in their first Bank Holiday mixed, were runners-up with 36. Men’s Vice Captain Graham Sykes and wife Sue were third with 34.

Ladies with a handicap of between 15 to 36 played stableford foursomes in the qualifying round for the Australian Spoons competition.

Mabel Blackburn (22) and partner Jane Briggs (22) won and now wait to see if they qualify for the next round.

The ladies not taking part in the foursomes, played an individual stableford competition. Allison Cook (20) scored 33 points to win. Andrea Smaggasgale (8) was the runner-up with 32 and Pat Botham (27) took the third spot with 30.