Melton Golf Club: Eaves lifts Petfoods Trophy

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A rain-swept Saturday didn’t deter Melton Mowbray Golf Club members competing in one of the club’s most prestigious trophies, The Petfoods Trophy.

The rain played its part with the standard scratch going up one stroke to 71.

Neil Eaves returned a superb round of nett 64 to win from former junior captain James Parker who shot a nett 66, and Tim Buxton (nett 67).

Sam Pollard shot the lowest gross of 71, and the two’s prize was shared between Sam Pollard, Bill Hurrell, Guy Rayson, Mark Pedge and vice-captain Jack Inguanta who had a pair of two’s.

The Compton Cup, played for by 21 to 28 handicaps was won by Kevin Newman’s nett 69, while Ian Anderson (nett 71) came second and Alan Parkes was third with nett 77. Kevin Newman’s round of 91 was the lowest gross.

* A field of 32 golfers joined club captain Brendan Boyce for his second away day of the year at Market Rasen GC, one of the best courses in Lincolnshire, on Friday.

Brendan was particularly pleased to welcome 12 past club captains, including 85-year-old Kevin Selby.

Dougie Bryce had a superb day, winning both nearest the pin prizes including a fabulous shot into the heart of the green on the 182-yard par three 18th.

Melton’s PGA professional Dan Bailey captained the winning team of Mick Curtis, Bob Luke and Derek Whitehouse who compiled an excellent betterball score of 95 points.

The players are now looking forward to Brendan’s away weekend in September when they will play three courses at Holme Hall, Forest Pines and Elsham as part of the Captain v Vice-Captain Challenge

* The men’s midweek stableford winner Steve Riley shot 40 points to win by two from runner-up Jev Goddard’s 38 points. Third-placed Malcolm Farrow finished a further point adrift. Only Mick Wilson and Jev Goddard scored a gross two.

* The ladies played for the Silver and Bronze Macmillan trophies, donated by Di Orson, with cakes being sold to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care.

The silver division was won by Denise Waldron with 34 points, closely followed by Chris Cook (33) and Jane Berry (31).

The bronze division went to Dorothy Jaggers with a one-under handicap score of 37 points. Anne Creed was second with 34 points, and Liz Snow finished third with 32 on countback from Cheryl Osborne.

* The mixed team played Market Harborough at home on Sunday in driving rain.

Played over nine holes, Melton had a strong win of four-and-a-half to one-and-a-half games.

Winning pairs: Eddie Cham/Liz Snow 2 and 1; Al Terzza/Gay Cham 3 and 2; Terry Brown/Drina Terzza 3 and 2; Garry Taylor/Julia Brown 2 and 1; Haydn Snow/Alison Gatward halved.