Mount’s return will now be after the latest break
BRANSTON Golf Club members Pam Greenfield and Desley Smith have come third in the Australian Spoons national final at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire.
They had beaten eight teams from their own club to go to the regional final at Burghley Park, Lincolnshire, and won that against 43 other teams during the summer to become the first pair from the club to reach this competition’s national final.
Australian Spoons is a Stableford Foursomes event in which the two Pam Greenfield (left) and Desley Smith.
players in a team hit alternate shots. It originated in 1966 when the Australian Golf Union presented a pair of spoons as trophies for an England ladies national competition.
In the final, 16-handicapped Smith and 26-handicapped Greenfield had the second-best score alongside two other teams but were pipped for second place on countback, with a team from Yorkshire winning the overall prize.
“We are so proud of our triumph at the regional final, playing our best game ever to get through to the national final,” said Greenfield.
“We’ve known each other since playing tennis together and been members at Branston since it opened but this was our first big win and the national final was a fabulous occasion,” added Smith.
MEANWHILE, Branston have appointed Pam Greenfield’s husband, Rod (pictured) as seniors captain for the 2019 season.
A member since 1992, he succeeds David Knighton and is the first seniors captain also to have been club captain and club president.
His vice-captain is Kevin Smith. DERBY County will again be without midfielder Mason Mount today.
Mount has been ruled out of the Championship clash with Aston Villa at Pride Park Stadium (3pm) as he continues to recover from an ankle injury.
The 19-year-old missed last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Birmingham City and was not named in the England senior or Under-21 squads for their upcoming games.
Derby hope to have him available for the trip to Sheffield Wednesday when the Rams resume their League campaign after the international break.
“It has come too soon for Mason,” said Lampard at yesterday’s press conference.
“Not miles too soon but frustratingly too soon for him.
“We have to show we’re a squad that can deal with those sort of things.
“Hopefully, he will be back the other side of the break.”
Mount has made 19 appearances for the Rams so far this season and has scored five goals in all competitions.
He had started every game up to the Birmingham fixture.
Duane Holmes came in for his full debut in Mount’s absence last Saturday.
Craig Bryson remains sidelined and Martyn Waghorn is struggling to be fit.
Bryson has missed the last four games with a calf injury, Waghorn limped off after 15 minutes of last Saturday’s victory over Birmingham due to a tight hamstring.
“Martyn is struggling. We will see with him, he is a late shout,” said Lampard.
George Evans is still working his way back from a hip/back problem.
The midfielder has made only two appearances for Derby since he signed from Reading in the summer.
“We were pushing to try and get him fit this side of the international break,” said Lampard.
“The break has come at quite a good time for him, so it was time to take it a bit careful with his recovery and have him fit for the other side of the break.”
Mason Mount’s ankle injury will keep him out of today’s game against Aston Villa.