Strong Spalding showing in tough test

A strong Spalding first team overcame a traditionally tough test in style with a fine 5-1 away success at Stoke Rochford.


Simon Richardson and Andy Grimwood were the first pair out and came in with an excellent 3&2 win.


Robert Kedzlie and Callum Lewis were next to keep the run going with a 2&1 win while Charles Lacy and Dan Hines played the Stoke course well with a great 4&2 win.


Wayne Wallace and Harry Hunt could not hold on and went down 2&1, but Keith Hearn and partner Mark Cooley and Ollie Mitchell and his playing partner Robert McCrae both came away with 3&2 wins.


Spalding Seniors narrowly lost 5-3 in an away match at Sleaford which is always a tricky match.


This visit didn’t prove any different despite Spalding getting a fine start following a 2&1 win from captain Mike Gould and playing partner Andy Ladbrook.


Peter Bridge and Stuart Fitzjohn lost by one hole after a hard fought match, but Neil Wilkinson, who has now got his winning boots on, and his partner Dave Halfteck recorded a great 4&2 success.


Roger Davey and Steve Leggett could not hold on and lost by one hole, but the in-form Jim Dobson and Lester Pybus steadied the ship with a fine 4&3 win.


The remaining three pairs of Rod Hunt and Shaun Gibson, David Barkway and Peter Dewar and Tony Holbrook and Bernard all found the Sleaford track hard going.


The Seniors bounced back on Monday with a 6-2 home success over Boston.


Spalding always look forward to hosting their neighbours and continued their tradition of being difficult to beat on their home course.


Vice-captain Peter Bridge and Shaun Gibson were the first pair out and started off with a fine 2&1 win.


Neil Wilkinson, who is on fire, had a resounding 5&4 win with his partner Karl Ellerbroek while Roger Davey and Alan Pritchard had a good 4&3 victory.


Jim Dobson and Lester Pybus found the going hard against a fine Boston pair and lost 3&1, however, Richard Edwards and Albert Jacobs burnt up the course with a 6&5 win.


Rod Hunt and Mike Browning had a fine 2&1 win in a hard-fought match, but the pairing of Bernard Herbert and Peter Dewar struggled against a tough Boston pair, losing out 5&4.


The final pairing of Sid Chapman and Ron Sudbury rounded off proceedings with a 3&1 win to seal another fine home victory for the Spalding lads.


Spalding Seniors Medal
Results: Division One – Albert Jacobs 67, 2 John Camm 69, 3 Jim Dobson 71, 4 Stephen Monaghan 72, 5 David Halfteck 73.


Division Two – 1 John Sainter 69, 2 Rod Filby 70, 3 Robert Ratcliffe 70, 4 Peter Schofield 71, 5 Norman Miller 73.

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