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Carole Hollman is remembered at Burghley Park Golf Club event





Fun and friendship was the order of the day for the Hollman Cup mixed competition held at Burghley Park Golf Club on Sunday.

This is the second year of the popular event which was conceived by Carole Hollman, a much loved member of Burghley Park, who sadly died of cancer last year.

Carole felt the club didn’t play enough mixed golf and so to celebrate her 50 years of membership of the club she decided to establish an event where each team had to consist of two men and two ladies.

The Hollman Cup winning team of Andrew Wade, Mary Sharp, Mary Gates and Iain McEwan, with two of Carole Hollman’s children behind - James and Julie.
The Hollman Cup winning team of Andrew Wade, Mary Sharp, Mary Gates and Iain McEwan, with two of Carole Hollman’s children behind - James and Julie.

This year 16 teams took part in the AM-AM competition which stipulates that the score must include the best ladies’ score and best man’s score for each hole.

The Hollman family were represented on the day by a 'family and friends' team which included two of Carole’s children.

Their featured son James (a natural golfer), daughter Julie, Pip Le Sage, a longstanding family friend, and Tom who works with Julie and was something of a wild card, having played off five once upon a time.

Despite Julie only having played about three rounds of golf in her life, the team managed 72 points which was a creditable score in the windy conditions.

Scoring wasn't easy in the testing conditions, with most teams achieving results in the 70s.

Runners-up were the team of Lynda Lancaster, John Tilley, Michelle Powell and Mike Powell who all played steady golf to come in with 77 points.

Runners up John Tilley, Mike Powell, Michelle Powell and Lynda Lancaster with Julie and James.
Runners up John Tilley, Mike Powell, Michelle Powell and Lynda Lancaster with Julie and James.

One point ahead on 78 and winners of the elegant trophy, presented to them by Julie and James, was the team of Mary Sharp, Andrew Wade, Mary Gates and Iain McEwan.

Burghley ladies’ captain Anne Harrison-Smith thanked the competitions team for organising and running the event, the greens staff for preparing the course in excellent condition after the storms of the previous week, and the providers of very welcome home made refreshments at the halfway house.

Other recent competitions saw some high scoring amongst the ladies.

The Barnes Bowl held earlier in September is a par competition, and the runaway winner this year was Jan Devlin (off handicap 27), who played four under net par, well ahead of the following pack, four of whom came in on one under par.

The last but one of the midweek series of stableford competitions produced some high scores.

Leaders Vivienne Swift (35) was well ahead at the top with 40 points, followed by runner-up Lynda Lancaster (24) with 37 points, edging out Judy Cade (26) also with 37 points on countback.



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