GOLF: Fourth annual Stoke Rochford memorial match raises more than £3k for charities

Chris Jones Memorial Trophy winner Karen Rawson pictured with Barry, Rachel and Will Jones.

Chris Jones Memorial Trophy winner Karen Rawson pictured with Barry, Rachel and Will Jones.

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The fourth Chris Jones Memorial Trophy took place at Stoke Rochford Golf Club last Saturday, when 179 members, family, friends and sport and school colleagues played 18 holes of golf in good weather.

The course was in very good condition and some good golf was played throughout the day.

Belton Woods ladies' club champions Jackie Wilson and Becky Foster.

Belton Woods ladies' club champions Jackie Wilson and Becky Foster.

The charities that were supported this year were the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation. Proceeds raised throughout the day from donations, raffle and an auction which was held in the evening, have to date raised in excess of £3,000.

The family would like to thank everyone who took part in the golf and donated so generously to the raffle and auction lots. The auction itself raised a tremendous £1,040 towards the total fund. Well done Andy Watson for running this so well – a natural.

Barry, Rachel and Will Jones would like to say a very big thank you to Stoke Rochford management for allowing them the courtesy of the course for the day, to all the family and friends who helped throughout the day, and to everyone who took part in what was a brilliant, friendly, fun day to remember Chris.

Prize winners: Chris Jones Memorial Trophy – Karen Rawson 42 points; Gross – 1 Nick Watson 41pt, 2 Glen Barlow 35; Members – 1 Nigel Rusby 41 (22 on back 9), 2 Stef Fretwell 41 (21 on back 9), 3 Andrew Glencross 41 (20 on back 9), 4 Mick Magon 40 (won on back 6); Ladies – 1 Lara Manton 38, 2 Dorne Werner 35, 3 Megan Illingworth 34 (20 on back 9), 4 Linda Barclay 34 (18 on back 9); Guests – 1 James Cartledge 37, 2 Fraser Fentem 36, 3 Alan Robinson 35 (21 on back 9), 4 Les Toyne 35 (19 on back 9); Nearest the Pin, 12th hole – Steve Greenfield; 17th hole – Robin Leahy; Junior Prize – Jack Rawson.

Seniors

Stoke Rochford 4½

Kibworth 3½

On a dry but blustery day, Stoke seniors entertained Kibworth.

The opposition came with their strongest possible side with a view to breaking their duck with an away win against Stoke. They went very close to achieving this goal with four of Stoke’s winning pairs going to the last hole to give them victory.

Results: Graham Manton and Ray Beal won 1 up, Chris Woof and Barry Mitchell won 1 up, Phil White and John Wright lost 4&2, Cliff Mills and David Hamilton won 2 up, Brian Keightley and Tim Haward lost 2 down, Mike Graves and Barry Coop won 1 up, Philip Varley and Mike Thornton match halved, John Batty and Roger Nicholls lost 3&2.

Lincoln (Torksey) 6

Stoke Rochford 2

The anticipation of Stoke seniors’ visit to Lincoln Torksey met all expectations, apart from the result.

The course was in excellent condition and the meal, as always, one of the highlights of the season.

Results: Mike Rance and Mike Graves lost 7&6, Graham Manton and Brian White lost 2&1, Charles Donnison and Mike Dickinson won 2&1, Ray Elsome and Greg Ewart won 4&3, Barry Coop and Steve Major lost 5&4, Don Werner and John Wright lost 3&2, Ken Taylor and Tim Haward lost 4&2, Brian Keightley and Mike Nixon lost 2&1.

BELTON WOODS

Ladies

The annual Belton Woods Ladies’ Club Championship took place at the weekend.

Members of the ladies’ section took part in a two day medal competition, played on the Woods course on Saturday and the Lakes on Sunday.

The lady with the best gross score becomes the club champion and wins the Linda Cochrane Silver Salver, and the lady with the best net score wins the Linda Cochrane Cup.

The courses were in immaculate condition and the ladies were lucky to have warm sunshine on both days, although the strong wind on Sunday provided some tricky conditions.

The new club champion, with the best gross score over two days, was Jackie Wilson, the lady captain, with 182. Becky Foster had the best net score of 151.

Well done to all who took part and many congratulations to Becky and Jackie, the new club champions.

The final A team league match of the season took place on Friday 5th August when Belton Woods ladies played away at Spalding.

A very close game ensued, with the match eventually halved 2&2, which resulted in Belton Woods A team coming top of their division and gaining promotion to Division One South where they will meet Lincoln, Toft and Stoke Rochford next year.

Congratulations to team captain Trudi Galloway and all the team members on their achievements this season.

However, sadly the B team, who were in the same division, will move down to Division Three South in 2017.

BELTON PARK

Seniors

A very busy time for Belton Park seniors saw two representative matches and a trophy competition in eight days.

Thirty-two seniors took part in a Greensome Stableford competition for the Alec Hay Trophy with the first nine team scores being covered by just two points. The team of Nick Craft and John McNally came out winners with 39 points, beating Frank Overton and John Carey on countback

The senior team travelled to Spalding and came up against a very strong team representing the home club, losing the match 6-2.

Mike Collins and Keith Brown put in a tremendous shift to winning their match 4&2 and there were halves for Alan Addis and Tony Davies, and Fred Williams and Howard Lockwood.

The seniors welcomed the team from Luffenham Heath to Belton last Tuesday.

The match was played over the Brownlow Course which was in superb condition with the greens running fast and true. The team put last week’s result behind them and came out 6½-1½ winners.

SUDBROOK MOOR

It was a good news week for Sudbrook Moor ladies’ section, finding success with two summer scorecards which had been forwarded earlier to England Golf for qualification in national and regional finals. It has been worth waiting for this deadline date for last returns.

Sue Chambers and Linda Whittaker, who play off 23 and 30 respectively, recorded 45 stableford points in June at home, off 90 per cent handicap allowance. A very welcome email has notified them of their place in the ultimate event of the Ping Women’s Fourball Betterball, The Plate Final, which is scheduled at Gainsborough Golf Club in the first week of September.

More than 1,000 golf clubs have competed in the pre-qualifying home stage of this generously sponsored club golfers’ event, and this invitation is a prestigious one, with a fabulous day of golf and hospitality promised by American sponsors Ping Golf Equipment.

Amanda Roberts and Chris Thompson have proceeded this week to the North Midland Regional Final in the Australian Spoons Foursome Stableford.

The venue is Whetstone Golf Club, Cosby, Leicestershire, where representatives from the five counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Shropshire contest the one place to go to the England Final in September.

Amanda plays off 15 and Chris off 20, and came through the home club rounds run on five separate dates during the period of March to July.

The club is very proud of this ladies’ double-double achievement and wait with anticipation for their impact in the next rounds.