Lincolnshire golfers united at Holme Hall as pros and amateurs chase silverware
The Lincolnshire Union of Golf Clubs' Open Championship is an annual event which is only held at six different golf clubs throughout the county.
On this occasion, it was Holme Hall's turn to hold the prestigious tournament.
With a mixture of both professionals and amateurs from all over the county wanting to compete there had to be a ballot, which meant the highest handicap playing was three.
Because of the importance of this competition, which was played over 36 holes on a wonderfully presented course, the LUGC officials placed the pins to ensure it was a true test of golf for the best players in the county.
And with a blustery wind, the course did indeed test the players.
The only player to actually play under par on the day was Sam Whitaker, of Blankney GC.
Whitaker, who had 11 birdies over the two rounds, managed to shoot a 71 in the morning and 69 in the afternoon for a total of 140.
He won the Lincolnshire Open title by two shots from Simon Richardson (Spalding GC) and fellow Blankney member Craig Toyne, who both finished on 142.
Paul Streeter, who has won the title for the past two years, was the leading professional with a score of 143.
Streeter did comment after his rounds on how difficult some of the pin positions were and how well the winners must have played.
The cups were presented by Holme Hall captain Barry Bradshaw and Andrew Hare, captain of the Lincolnshire Union of Golf Clubs, who was part of the Walker Cup Team which won the cup on American soil for the first time in 1989.
It was then the turn of the members to test their skills in the seventh and final monthly medal.
In Division One, Jonathon Atkinson won with a 73-7=66 from Martin Ashton (77-10=67), on count-back from Nev McNickle (78-11=67).
Division Two was a close run thing, with the top three places having to be decided on count-back from several players with nett 69s.
It was Terry Groves who took first place (83-14=69) from Tony Atkinson (86-16=69), with Fred Henry in third (82-13=69).
The actual winner of the medal came from Division Three.
John Woodrow shot a brilliant 84-19=65 to win by five shots from Paul Duffy (92-22=70), with Gregor Lyle taking third place (90-19=71).
In the ladies section, the Jane Langley Trophy for the bronze ladies was won by Marilynne Harrison with 33 points.
In second place was Margaret Sturmey with 32 Stableford points. Winner of the Junior Cup was Emilee Taylor.