GOLF: Lightning start good enough to seal Kenwick Park Men’s Invitation Day trophy

Di Everitt and Lynda Berry EMN-140717-105529001
Di Everitt and Lynda Berry EMN-140717-105529001
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After a week when Kenwick Park had been battered by 66mm of torrential rain, the green keeping team worked tirelessly to present the course in wonderful condition for the 140 competitors in the annual Men’s Invitation Day.

A magnificent score of 45 points by the early pace setters of Graham Parkinson and Joe Grant (Louth) proved too good for the rest of the field to match.

Gary Spencer and Lee Mamwell, who amassed a total of 43 points, a score that would normally have been good enough to win, had to settle for second place.

Mick Horner and Carl Pickard (Louth) scored 42 to take third place on a countback from Paul Dewhurst and Dave Hanney (Cleethorpes) and Mickey Griffiths and Shaun Matthews (Louth).

The final prizes went to Cameron Littlejohn and Peter Wride (Grimsby) who came sixth with 41 points on a countback from Phil Jackson and Josh Baines (Louth) and Mark Ringland and Jean-Francois Cottenceau (Elsham). A special mention should go to Lewis Hackett who won the longest drive on the 18th hole with a 294 yard shot on the uphill par five.

Kenwick’s Sam Done and Billy Wright, two of the best young golfers in Lincolnshire, played in the Midlands Youth Championship at Stoke Rochford. This 72 hole prestigious event is high on the priority list of any aspiring golfer and the likes of Andrew Hare, Jim Payne and David Skinns are all past champions who have moved on to play successfully in the professional game.

It was Billy who set the pace on for Sam with an opening 74 in tough conditions, whereas Sam could only manage a 76. On day two, when Billy posted an uncharacteristic score which meant he missed the cut, Sam excelled with a sublime 66 (the lowest score of the day), to drag himself back into contention.

As some of the leaders took a backward step in round three, a level par 70 gave Sam a real chance of victory. After a slow start in round four which saw him two over par after ten holes, Sam birdied the 11th and 13th holes and finished with a trio of birdies over the last three holes giving him a total score of 279, one under par and second place.

A sunny and dry day was greeted with some relief by the Kenwick ladies playing a stableford competition for the Swan trophy as lightning and torrential rain had forced the abandonment of last week’s competition. Lynda Berry (35) played the round of her life scoring 40 points to win and reduce her handicap by three shots down to 32. Andrea Smaggasgale (8) was the runner-up with 34.

Di Everitt, who donated the beautiful crystal trophy and provided the prizes, presented the trophy to Lynda.