Golf: Gemma is new club champion

Trophy winners Gemma Hunter (Harmsworth Trophy), Nicola Hewson (Sergeant  Salver) and Margaret Dixon (Starbuck Trophy) with Lady Captain Jackie Parker, second right.
Trophy winners Gemma Hunter (Harmsworth Trophy), Nicola Hewson (Sergeant Salver) and Margaret Dixon (Starbuck Trophy) with Lady Captain Jackie Parker, second right.

Market Rasen and District Golf Club Ladies section Championships saw 25 competitors play 36 holes in challenging, hot and humid conditions - a real test of endurance.

Gemma Hunter was a worthy new club champion, winning the gross competition to pick up the Harmsworth Trophy.

And she broke the course record in the first round, with a gross 77, to come in with a final score of 162 for the day.

The previous course record of 79, set in 2007, was held by Sylvia Mowbray.

Gemma works for England Golf at Woodhall Spa and joined the Market Rasen club in October, coming down from her native Lancashire where she played for the county and for England school girls in her youth.

Her sister Janet is the club caterer and the club has been delighted to welcome another lady member to the family.

The Sergeant Salver, awarded to the best nett score over 36 holes, was won by Nicola Hewson, 67+74=141.

Second gross score was Bridget Holmes, 85+90=175, and third Sue Borthwick 86+92=178.

Second nett score was Hefina Brumpton, 78+71=149, with Jenny Holborn third on 72+77=149.

Best gross in the morning was Jade Baker and for the afternoon Tilly Lawrence, while best nett for the morning was Helen Grinham and for the afternoon Jackie Parker.

Also during the day, 17 Ladies entered an 18-hole medal competition for the Starbuck Trophy, which was won by Margaret Dixon, who scored 100-30 nett 70; the lowest gross of 90 was scored by Chris Bean.

The finals of the two club knock out competitions have also taken place recently.

Helen Grinham claimed the Manda Trophy, after an exciting and close match against Jane Salt 2/1

Congratulations also go to Sue Would and Sue Archer who emerged winners in the final of the Lacey Rose Bowl against Jane Salt and Di Newton, winning 5/4.

They played their match in difficult conditions taking shelter for safety whilst thunder rumbled around.