Mount’s re­turn will now be af­ter the lat­est break

Burton Mail - - Sport - By STEVE NI­CHOL­SON stephen.ni­chol­son@reach­plc.com

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.

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