Golf: Shirley rolls back the years with win

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Matlock Golf Club recently held the 36-hole Matchplay Finals.

In fine but humid conditions the Drabble Cup, played off scratch, was contested between Richard Duff and Rob Tait.

After 32 holes Richard held a two-hole advantage but a fighting finish from Rob saw him level as they stood on the 36th tee.

Finally, Rob secured a 1-Up victory with a birdie on the last.

In the Presidents’ Cup (below 18 handicap) Gareth Johnson was a 4 and 3 winner over Chris Lindley.

Dr John Orchard, who enjoyed a two-hole advantage after the morning round, found another gear after lunch and sped to a 7 and 6 win over Mike Walton in the Thornton Trophy (Above 18 handicap).

The Bailey Memorial Trophy (Men’s Foursomes) saw Andy Edwards and Richard Holdgate take a 3 and 2 victory over John Beardsley and Jamie Cluer.

Elsewhere, in the Four Ball Match Play Trophy a four-hole advantage with six to play wasn’t enough to give a win to Phil Evans and Richard Giles, who finished all square after 36 holes with Chris Beakey and Neil Fennah.

Both pairs will now contest an 18-hole play-off to see who will come out on top.

Finally, pride of place goes to Mixed Foursomes winner Shirley Kay, who was partnered by her grandson Nick.

The pair inflicted a 3 and 2 defeat on Captain Bob Cash and his partner Lady Captain Helen Brown.

It was a fine achievement for a 78-year-old Shirley whose name, along with that of her late husband Barry, first appeared on the Bailey Memorial Trophy over 40 years ago, back in 1972.