Kenwick Park GC host memorial for late president Jim Cutts

The Kenwick Park men and women played an individual stableford to honour the memory of late club president Jim Cutts who died earlier this year.

Jim Cutts and the putter prize played for in his honour EMN-160310-105118002

Jim Cutts was a quiet dignified man, totally trustworthy, with a lovely sense of humour, and as a well-respected chartered accountant, his business acumen and knowledge of all things fiscal were important during Kenwick Park’s formative years.

In 1971, Jim’s great friend Eric Sharp opened the driving range on the QE2 as it sailed to New York, carrying passengers on the way to the Ryder Cup.

When the ship was decommissioned in 2008, the Swilken Golf Company purchased one of the propellers, and used it to manufacture a limited number of putters.

Anne Dickinson Salver winner Sue Sykes (left) with ladies' vice-captain Andrea Smaggasgale EMN-160310-105038002

Eric was presented with one of the putters and presented it to Kenwick Park as a trophy in honour of, and tribute to Jim.

Lessons from head professional Paul Spence, and plenty of practice paid off for Nik Fox (7) who won the putter in the inaugural competition.

He produced an excellent score of 41 points, four clear of Dan Blythe (17) who took the runners-up spot on a countback from Jonathan Graves (5).

Chairman John Beverley (15) scored 36 to win fourth prize on a countback from Mark Irving (11).

Men's captain Graham Sykes hands over his £2,000 charity fundraising total to Smiler Hutson EMN-160310-105052002

The ladies played alongside the men for a silver salver, presented by Julia Sales, in memory of Jim.

Playing partners Liz Hardy (14) and Sandra Crow (12) had a head-to-head battle all the way around. Liz just pipped Sandra with a countback on 35 points, one ahead of Di Lidgard (28) in third.

* Junior golfer Poppy Kinsey won the individual mixed stableford with a great score of 38 points. Freddie Fearn (13) was runner-up with 36 on countback from Dan Kinsey (28).

* Every lady medal winner during the season played for a shield on a very blustery day last week.

Ladies' vice-captain Andrea Smaggasgale (left) presents Cheryl Gilliatt with the Medal Winners' Shield EMN-160310-105105002

Cheryl Gilliatt played very well to shoot 94-22=72 to win from Wendy Beaumont (111-32=79).

In the medal for the other ladies, Val Pattinson scored 91-18=73 to win on countback from Ann Walker (86-13=73). Ann also shot the lowest gross of the day.

* The knockout stages of the Anne Dickinson Salver reached their conclusion with Sue Sykes defeating Jane Briggs in the final.

* Men’s captain Graham Sykes presented Smiler Hutson, of the Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service, with a cheque for £2,000.

Anne Dickinson Salver winner Sue Sykes (left) with ladies' vice-captain Andrea Smaggasgale EMN-160310-105038002

Graham chose to support this charity throughout his year as captain with part of the proceeds coming from a very successful annual charity golf day, organised by Steve Clarke, at Kenwick Park in August.

Men's captain Graham Sykes hands over his £2,000 charity fundraising total to Smiler Hutson EMN-160310-105052002
Ladies' vice-captain Andrea Smaggasgale (left) presents Cheryl Gilliatt with the Medal Winners' Shield EMN-160310-105105002