Richard lifts Mannings Heath matchplay crown

Mannings Heath golfer Richard Burton
Mannings Heath golfer Richard Burton

Veteran Richard Burton is Mannings Heath’s new matchplay champion after beating Paul Gardner 4 & 2 in the final of the Lucas Scratch Badge on Saturday.

Conditions could scarcely have been tougher with the gold tees and rain-soaked fairways stretching the Waterfall course to its maximum. Burton, who won the Sussex Over-60s championship inAugust, held a one-hole lead at the turn and played flawless par golf from there to clinch victory on the 16th green and reclaim a trophy he won previously 37 years ago.

Two days earlier the Ladies were battling frost in their light-hearted stableford competition over 14 holes. Competitors each had two ‘mulligans’ – opportunities to

replay a shot – and Sandra Roberts took full advantage to head the silver division with 27

points, two clear of Rosemary Martin and three better than Brenda James.

Bronze leader Margaret Edwards posted the day’s best score, 29, with Viv Reed, 23, and Judith Brown, 22, the next best returns.

Frozen greens also made things tricky for Heath’s seniors in their CLAWS winter league match at Cranleigh and they were pleased to earn a battling draw on an unfamiliar course. The Bob Binning/Peter Ireland and Owen Hydes/Roy Keirstead pairings both won while John Wills and octogenarian Ron Barber secured the crucial half.