Nikki is Mannings’ Captain’s Cup champion

CTSPORT- Mannings Heath mixed champions Richard and Mina Burton.
CTSPORT- Mannings Heath mixed champions Richard and Mina Burton.

Nikki Purton lifted the Mannings Heath Captain’s Cup as more than £3,200 was raised for captain Geoff Lodge’s chosen charity. the Springboard Project.

The six-handicapper’s inward half of 21 points earned her the trophy on countback from junior Jamie Dart after both signed for 39 point totals.

Members of the three top teams received engraved crystal trophies but with teams not drawn until play was under way, competitors had to wait for the prize-giving to find out who they were grouped with. John Harvie, Mike Dimon, Peter Ireland and Bill Francis took first place on countback from Elliot Webster, Roger Bridge, Jamie Dart and Martin Lumbard after both posted an aggregate 136 points. Third, with 133, were Kevin Frost, Stefan Hughes, Ed Roberts and Paul Trueman.

A total of 124 members and guests teed-off in the 18-hole competition, with a barbecue and findraising auction after the action on the course.

Earlier in the week the Ladies staged their Daily Mail foursomes competition with Sandra Roberts and Joy Reineck combining impressively for 40 points to become the club’s representatives in the national inter-club competition. Mel Coventry and Susan Jaggard pipped Meriel Jolley and Lyn Turner for runner-up spot on countback with 35.

Heath’s Junior Open on Friday witnessed some excellent scoring off the medal tees but no-one could match Elliott Webster’s brilliant gross 68 for nett 62 which included five birdies and just one dropped shot, the 18th. Cooden Beach’s Callum Phillimore was runner-up with nett 67 off eighteen while another home member, junior captain Luke Bennett, claimed third place with a nett 68 off three despite dropping five shots in his opening five holes.

To round off the week, on Bank Holiday Monday, Richard Burton and wife Mina won their third mixed club championship in a row. Playing foursomes they trailed Trevor Loftus and Nikki Purton by four shots, 44 to 40, after their morning nine holes on Kingfisher but clawed back the deficit with a stunning eighteen-hole 78 on Waterfall to win by a single shot. John Harvie and junior Ana Sowerby took the nett honours with 106.5.