Jordan Mayman excels in Round 2 of LCP
Burghley’s Men played Round 2 of the three round aggregate competition for the LCP Trophy on Sunday (part of the BMW Order of Merit Series sponsored by Sycamore BMW of Peterborough), with 95 players turning out and taking advantage of the firm-running fairways, as 19 of them went under net par. Jordan Mayman (15) made best use of the benign conditions, coming home with a net 64 to claim the win with a solid performance that saw only one double bogey on his card. He played steadily all day, reaching the turn in just 6 over gross, and getting even better on the way home as he covered the back nine in just 3 over gross, to hand in a card with 8 pars and a birdie, and just 8 bogeys. His reward was to see his handicap cut by two, to 13.
In Division 1, Paul Betts (8) took the honours with a net 66, covering the back nine in just 1 over gross in spite of a double bogey on the last, and came down to 7. Keilin Harper’s (6) net 67 secured him 2nd spot, parring 15 holes and dropping shots on just three, whilst Richard Moore (6) was 3rd with his net 68, having gone round the back nine in level par gross, and was cut to 5. Division 2 was won by Richard Moore (13) with his net 65, as he reached the turn in just 2 over gross, and had nothing worse than a bogey anywhere on his card. Jim McFerran (12) claimed 2nd place with his net 66, and Terry Austin (10) was 2rd with a net 68; all three were cut a shot. Division 3 went to Mayman, who was chased home by Mike Powell (17) and David Newell (25), both with net 66 but with Powell claiming 2nd spot on countback. Powell was cut one shot to 16, and Newell two shots to 23.
The standings for the overall LCP trophies, with one round left to play, show that both the net and gross aggregate competitions are still wide open. Cathal McHugh (5) leads the Gross category on countback with 151 after rounds of 76 and 75, but both Mark Yarham (5) and Nick Glover (1) have the same score after rounds of 75 and 76, and 74 and 77 respectively. John Tilley (7) and Neil Nottingham (6) are just 1 shot back on 152. In the Net category Jim McFerran (12) sits at the top on 136, but six others are breathing down his neck. David Shales (24) is one back on 137, Steve Hopkins (17) has 138, Brian Plowright (16) has 139, and John Tilley (7), Dave Tilley (9) and Neil Nottingham (6) are on 140.
With just one round to go in the BMW Order of Merit series, sponsored by Sycamore BMW of Peterborough, everything is still up for grabs, with Neil Harden in pole position but still at risk of being caught in Sunday’s final decider. He leads with 47 points, six ahead of Mark Musgrove on 41, with Rob McGarr on 39. Fourth and fifth spots are now occupied by Nigel Moore on 38 and Mike Powell on 37, after good performances by both in the LCP last Sunday, with both hoping to consolidate their strong finishes to the season.
Anu Kumar claims the Ladies’ Winners’ Salver
The Ladies’ Winners’ Salver at Burghley Park is contested by all those who have won a trophy during the season, and is always hard fought. Sunday saw Anu Kumar (29) add her name to the list of winners of the trophy, showing remarkable calmness to come home with 39 points after failing to score on three holes. After blobbing the first two holes she may have been wondering whether this was going to be her day, but she then burst into life with 13 points over the next four holes, to reach halfway with a respectable 17 points. The back nine went even better, with a 4 pointer and four 3 pointers helping her to a 22 on the back nine, to leave her three points clear of the field, and earn her a cut to 28. Sue Churchill (16) finished 2nd on 36 in spite of failing to score on the par 3 third hole, with Anne Fensom (19) 3rd on 35, after an impressive 21 points on the back nine.
Jane Saggers victorious in final of Ladies Challenge Cup
Ladies’ Vice-Captain Michelle Powell met Jane Saggers in the Final of the Ladies Challenge Cup knockout competition at Burghley Park last week, after a season-long contest involving 30 ladies. It promised to be a great match between the top two finishers in the 2018 BMW Order of Merit series, in which Jane finished 1st and Michelle 2nd, with both players also having received handicap cuts a few days earlier after Michelle finished 2nd and Jane 3rd in the Peggy Baxter Trophy.
Jane took an early lead, parring the 3rd, 4th and 6th to go three up before Michelle cut the deficit with a win on the 7th. Bunker problems on the 9th dropped Michelle back to 3 down as they reached the turn, and it was becoming clear that Michelle was going to produce a big fightback if she was to save the match. Halves on 10 and 12 stopped the rot, but when Jane took the 11th and 13th to go 5 up with 5 to play the writing was on the wall. When Michelle’s ball found the fairway bunker of the 14th that was it, as she conceded defeat 6&4. Afterwards, Jane said “Michelle is one of Burghley’s best golfers and I have huge respect for her. Today’s match was always going to be keenly contested, and she just caught me on my best form today and I was just delighted to win. I’d also like to thank our referee Robb Tapp, and our caddies Sue Churchill and Kay Hircock, who gave this final a great sense of occasion.”
Jean Evans becomes Burghley Park’s 100th Lifestyle Member
Burghley Park’s Lifestyle Membership scheme, introduced this year, hit a major milestone last month when Jean Evans became the 100th new member to join the scheme. Jean, who moved to Kings Cliffe a couple of years ago, plays off 30 and was Ladies’ Captain at Kilworth Springs Golf Club in Leicestershire in 2013. She has already got into the swing of things, turning out with the Midweek Ladies’ group on Tuesdays, and with the Seniors. “Everyone I’ve met at Burghley has been really welcoming” said Jean, “and I’m enjoying the golf and the friendly company. I’m delighted that I made the decision to join, and was attracted by the flexibility offered by Lifestyle Membership.”
New tee signs hit the spot for RAF Wittering
RAF Wittering, a corporate member at Burghley Park, held their station championships at Burghley last week, and were impressed by the new tee signs which have been installed. Each hole now has a name reflecting the history and heritage of the golf course and its setting, with the 10th hole being named Runway, as it was an emergency airstrip during World War 2, and the 12th being named Harrier. Wittering’s Station Commander Group Captain Tony Keeling took the opportunity to christen the sign during their station championships, accompanied by Squadron Leader Adam Troughton, Officer Commanding RAF Wittering Golf Club, and Squadron Leader Ken McCann.
Successful season for Mixed Team
Burghley Park’s Ladies’ Captain Lynda Lancaster organised a special challenge match between Burghley and her previous club, Cookridge Golf Club in Leeds, which was held on neutral ground at Styrrup Hall Golf Club in Doncaster last week. Played as a mixed better ball Stableford match, ten pairs from Burghley headed up the A1 to a course which many had seen before but never played. The outcome was in doubt to the end, as two early wins for Burghley, from Lynda Lancaster and Brian Churchill, and Michelle Powell and Jim Clarke, were followed by a middle order collapse which saw the next 4 matches won by the Yorkshire side, to leave Burghley trailing 4-2. A win for Christine Wright and Keith Duff narrowed the deficit, and a half for Janet Duff and David Shales kept the tie alive, before Sara Harris and George Clayton-Jones claimed the win which levelled the scores with just one match to finish. Anne Harrison-Smith and Phil Hunt, blissfully unaware of the weight on their shoulders, ensured that the return trip south was a happy one for Burghley as they won their match to make the final score 5½ - 4½ to Burghley. “It was a cracking day” said Burghley Ladies’ Captain Lynda Lancaster, “and it was great to have the chance to bring together old friends and new friends.”
The Mixed Team’s end of season event took place last weekend, organised by Vice-Captains Michelle and Mike Powell to celebrate a successful year for the squad. 16 pairs played a novel format competition, a two-person Texas Scramble, which proved popular amongst everyone. Victory went to Judy Cade and Glen Carney with 54.5, with Sheila Mayman and Mark Saggers 2nd on 56.5, and Jane Carney and Charles Cade 3rd on 57.5. Nearest the pin prizes were claimed by Charles Cade, Simon Phillips, Janet Duff and Paul Wilkinson.
Captain George’s Seniors regain McKenzie Cup
George Clayton-Jones’ Seniors side took on the Ladies at Burghley Park on Monday, with the aim of reclaiming the McKenzie Cup, lost to a superior Ladies side last year. Played as an aggregate individual Stableford competition, with 20 on each side, this is always a well fought tussle, but a diary clash with a Ladies away trip depleted the pool of players available to the distaff side. The outcome was a clear win for the Seniors, 621 points to 588, leaving the Ladies determined to redress the balance in 2019.
In the Midweek Stableford on Wednesday, Trevor Smith (2) came home with 42 points, having completed the front nine in 1 under gross, and the back nine in 3 under gross, his card recording 4 birdies and 14 pars. This was good enough to give him the win, ahead of Ray Brown (17) on 40 points, and Mark Saggers (13) on the same score; Brown was cut to 15 and Saggers to 12.
In the Ladies Midweek Stableford on Thursday, Jackie Wurr (32) played steady golf to lead in the field with 42 points, with 22 on the front and 20 on the back nines. She was cut to 30. Margaret Wright (28) took 2nd place with 41, and Pauline Crampin was 3rd on 40. Wright and Crampin were both cut by one shot.
Jordan Mayman: Jordan Mayman won Round 2 of the LCP Trophy with an impressive 64 at Burghley Park on Sunday.
Anu Kumar: Anu Kumar won the Ladies’ Winners’ Salver at Burghley Park on Sunday.
Jean Evans 100 Lifestyle: Jean Evans, who recently became the 100th Lifestyle Member to join Burghley Park.
Jane Saggers: Jane Saggers won the Ladies Challenge Cup knockout final at Burghley Park last week.
RAF Wittering Hole 12: The new tee sign for the 12th hole at Burghley Park Golf Club, with (L to R) Squadron Leader Adam Troughton, BPGC General Manager David Ford, RAF Wittering Commanding Officer Group Captain Tony Keeling, and Squadron Leader Ken McCann.
Cookridge match: Burghley Park Ladies’ Captain Lynda Lancaster with the Cookridge GC Captains after the mixed match at Styrrup Hall recently.
Mixed end of season winners: Judy Cade and Glen Carney were presented with their winners prize for the end of season Mixed Team event at Burghley Park by Vice-Captains Mike and Michelle Powell.
McKenzie Cup 2018: Burghley Park Ladies’ Captain Lynda Lancaster presents the McKenzie Cup to Seniors’ Captain George Clayton-Jones.