THREE couples were still in contention for the EM Direct Trophy going into the final round of the Junior Intermediate Scheme.
All three were newly formed partnerships, without years of experience under their belts.
The last event was a Saturday Greensomes strokeplay in the scheme that sees younger golfers play with parents, adults or experienced juniors.
Joshua Smith, who has won the title the past two seasons, partnered Jared Hackney and their pair started the final event with 21 Order of Merit points. William Hopkins and Charlie Hare had 24 and a breath behind on 24.5 were Stuart Smith and Joseph Ablewhite.
Exception golf ensued. Joshua and Jared returned the top scorecard for maximum points, bringing their total to 36. William and Charlie were second and also totalled 36 to tie for the title. Equal seventh were Stuart and Joseph who ended up with 33 points.
Birdie prizes accrued over the season went to brothers Adam and Richard Tomlinson, and Jared Hackney and Joshua Smith.
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Mike Dickinson and Dave Hamston lost 8&6, Mick Rance and Ray Smith won 2&1, Brian Ayto and Keith Dugmore won 4&3, Wilf Stephenson and Allan Hayward lost 4&3, Barrie Coop and Greg Ewart won 3&2, Chris Woof and Ernie Armstrong won 2&1, Jim Price and Malcolm Rose lost 4&3, Malcolm Edwards and Roland Slack lost 4&2.
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Lincoln (Torksey) 4½
Mike Dickinson and Ken Taylor lost 3&1, Les Cooper and Roy Rowe won 1 up, Trevor Harvey and Don Werner lost 4&2, Cliff Mills and Tim Haward won 1 up, Roger Nicholls and Mike Graves lost 2&1, David Hamilton and Keith Eddy lost 3&2, John Smeeton and Joe Kime halved, Malcolm Rose and Malcolm Edwards won 3&1.
BELTON Woods’ Hasting Charity Shield mixed pairs competition was played on the Lakes Course on Sunday and won by C. Anderson and B. Richards.
Results: 1 C. Anderson and B. Richards 41, 2 J. Todd and N. Hibbert 41, 3 G. Weatherall and M. Haynes 41, C. Duncan and D. Fowler 41, D. Woods and R. Hubbard 40, N. Robertson and K. Donnelly 40.
The Harrowby Cup was won on countback with 41 points by the partnership of Veronica Rose and Enid Maltby.
Second place went to Pam Mackay and Anna Clark. Jan Johnson and Helen Cowe were third with 39 points.
l The EWGA Medal was won by Julie Hamer with gross 89 (net 76). Runner-up was Anna Clark with 84 (76) and Helen Cowe 94 (77) was third.
Anna Clark has been selected to play for the Midland Vets in the County Team Championships at Sherwood Forest Golf Club in October.
l Belton Park member Megan Illingworth played for Lincolnshire last week in the County Finals at East Devon GC.
Six counties were represented with six singles and three foursomes played in each match. Lincolnshire, the defending champions, finished third overall with Essex winning. This was their first success in 33 years.
l A friendly match against Spalding resulted in a 3-1 defeat to Belton Park.
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Shaun Boney and Tony Noble won 3&1, Peter Brooks and Ray Shore halved, Barrie Stainton and Paul Skelton lost 3&1, Manny Barker and Willie Badraun halved, Fred Williams and Tom Brindley halved, Alan Addis and Tony Robinson won 4&2, Brian Mole and John Carr won 2 up, Tony Davis and Ivory Samways won 4&2.