Sudbrook Moor members contested the annual mixed April medal trophy competition this week.
And it was 13-handicap Andy Stones who secured the Slee Trophy with a very fine score in testing conditions.
Andy played early in the field of 51 competitors, with rain and high winds whipping across the course, and only missed the best gross by one shot with his solid scorecard of equal halves. He played two under under SSS, but the CSS was high and his score was ultimately five under.
One shot adrift was runner-up Andrew Dolby and Trevor Whatton came in third equal with Lee Mackinder, with Trevor having a better back nine. Keith Maclachlan, Mags McArthur and 13-year-old Euan Burridge shared fifth spot.
The best gross score was returned by four-handicap Martin Corby with three over CSS for a new gents’ course record on the extended championship tee.
The twos sweep was shared between Lee Mackinder (3rd), Pete Farmer (6th), Paul Williamson (6th), Graham Ritchie (12th) and Andy Stones (17th).
Stoke Rochford 6½
Market Harborough 1½
Stoke Rochford seniors’ first match of the season was played in summery conditions.
Results: Mike Nixon and Tim Haward won 3&1, Greg Ewart and Roger Smith lost 4&2, Stephen Major and Cliff Mills won 4&2, Charles Donnison and Roger Nicholls won 3&2, Ernie Armstrong and John Wright won 2&1, Eddie Plant and Roland Slack won 5&3, Phil White and Ray Beal won 1 up, Brian Ayto and Mike Dickinson halved.
Stoke Rochford Seniors 1
Stoke Rochford Juniors 3
In their annual challenge match, Stoke Rochford juniors proved to be more than a match for the seniors and retained the Terry Braime Salver.
The most noteworthy shot of the match was made by club captain Charles Scott who drove down the 10th where – unseen by his team-mates – his ball was picked up by a Red Kite, carried over the trees and then dropped on the ninth fairway. Charlie could not understand why he could not find his ball but fortunately a player standing on the 12th tee had seen what had happened and was able to point him to it.
He replaced his ball on the 10th and carried on, eventually winning one-up with team-mate and seniors vice-captain Graham Manton.
Results: Mike Nixon and Brian Ayto lost 1 down to Ben Rawson and Laura Harvey, Graham Manton and Charles Scott won 1 up against Luke Mulla and Oliver Brewill, Greg Ewart and Ray Beal lost 2 down to Charlie Aspden and Tom Rawson, David Hamilton and Rowland Slack lost 5&3 against Matt Allan and Isabelle Verner.
The gentlemen golfers of Belton Park played in the first major pairs competition of the season on Saturday, namely the Spitalgate Cup.
Winners with 41 points were Terry Guest and Barry Chappell, one point ahead of runners-up John Kirkup and Spike Carr. Colin Gray and Mark Maclachlan finished third with 39 points on countback.
Results: Marjorie Moore Salver – 1 Jean Tetley net 68, 2 Janni Pask 69 ocb, 3 Lucy Morley 69.
Belton Park seniors played their first away match of the season against Blankney.
As in previous years, it turned out to be tough fixture. Many of the matches were close but Belton came out second best losing, 6½ – 3½.
Results: Trevor Collis and Howard Lockwood lost 5&4, Tony Noble and Graham Secker halved, Peter Rollings and Colin Farrington lost 2&1, Derek Little and Nick Craft lost 2&1, Dave Dobney and Bill Brogan won 6&5, Alan Addis and Keith Brown lost 1 down, Tony Davies and Mike Monaghan won 1 up, Steve White and Shaun Boney lost 1 down, John Thompson and Brian Mole won 2&1, Mike Bower and Nigel Beaumont lost 1 down.
Bev Warner and Chris Reynolds won twice in the Daily Mail foursomes competition, beating Canwick Park 9-7 at home in the first round and Newark Golf Club 4-2 away in the second. They are now awaiting the draw for the next round.
Judi Downward and Diane Sharp won the Australian Spoons and will represent Belton Woods in the regional final at Patshill Park, Shropshire.
Judi is also the club’s Medal finalist and will represent Belton Woods in the Regional final at Rothley GC, near Leicester.
Belton Woods mixed team played a friendly match against Canwick and triumphed 4½-3½.