Sudbrook Moor competition secretary Steve Davis secured a hat-trick of first places in what was quite an achievement.
Steve has returned the leading scorecard in two consecutive Saturday Monthly Qualifiers, with the mid-week qualifier sandwiched in between.
Steve followed up his two February victories with a win in the very next Saturday qualifying event, in the March field of 63 players. Steve’s scorecard of 40 points, 20 over both nines, pipping the nearest rival by one stableford point, and produced a handicap reduction of 0.9, down to 18.6.
This result yielded another top entry in The Sword of Achievement Order of Merit, in its fourth month, and a tally for Steve of 53 points. At this point, Steve secures an overall second position behind Ronie Alipio who is on 64 points, with Andy Newman, Nigel Corby. Simon Green, Paul McCarthy, Paul Burrell, John McLaren, Jason Turner and Andrew Green all thereabouts too.
Runner-up on the day, with 39 points, was Lee Mackinder. Keith Moore, also on 39 points was third on a back nine countback. Martin Corby’s 38 points, which included a back nine score of 21 points, nipped into him into spot, from Dave Sharples’ scorecard of 38. Prizes went down to 10th place, with Andrew Green, Leigh Ecuyer, Ian Reah, Paul McCarthy and Jason Turner in the frame.
Mags McArthur was best lady on the day, with 39 points, from Amanda Roberts, on a back nine countback. Sue Watson was third.
The twos sweep was shared eight ways. Martin Corby recorded birdie twos on holes seven and 15, Graham Ritchie and Simon Green on hole three, Orland Pabunan, Nigel Corby and Steve Squires on hole seven, and Barry Rohland on the 16th.
The monthly mixed Senior Texas Scramble Medal, with drawn teams of three, was won with a three under SSS scorecard. Texas team captain Ted-John Johnson, inspired his fellow players, Dennis Clay and Barry Kay, finishing three shots better than Roy Nelson and his team of Dave Leslie and Rod Edwards. Pete Farmer, with Frank Brumpton and John Came, came in third.
Belton Woods Easter Mixed Pairs Stableford Betterball competition saw nearly 40 golfers enjoying the best of the Bank Holiday weekend weather.
Sunshine throughout the day and a cream egg on the first tee boosted everyone’s spirits. The Lakes course was in excellent condition and it seemed as though spring had finally arrived.
Overall winners were Jim and Shirley King with 44 points. In second place were Val and Ian Williams with 41 points, and in third place, on countback from Carole and Pete Stothard, with 40 points, were Steph Lee and Matt Haynes.
Prizes were also awarded to Shirley King and Les Stewart for nearest the pin on the second, and to Steph Lee and Ian Williams on the 11th. Kylie Bullimore and Matt Haynes won the prizes for the longest drives on the 18th.
Belton Woods ladies played Southwell in the Mail on Sunday Competition in glorious spring weather.
The team of five ladies beat Southwell 4-1. Jackie Wilson won 6&4; Lesley Perrin won 6&4, Lorraine Robertson lost 4&3, Carole Stothard won 7&6 and Trudi Galloway won 2&1. The next match is against Newark at Belton Woods on Sunday.
The March Stableford competition was won by Ailsa Lines with 34 points. Jane Forbes was second with 32 points, and Gaynor Daykin third with 32.
There was excellent support for the first competitions of the season from the ladies at Stoke Rochford.
The first trophy played for was the Early Birds, a stableford won by Avis Griffin with 33 points.
The Hi Lo competition, which is a low handicapper drawn with a higher handicapper and
played as a greensome stableford, resulted in a win for Pauline Haggerty and Mags McArthur with 37 points.
June Miller with 35 points won the stableford which raised more than £130 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Medal results: 1 Judy Rawson net 71, 2 Pauline Haggerty 75, 3 Sue Booth 77; gross – Avis Griffin 89.
Last Wednesday saw the first match of the season at home against Melton Mowbray in which Stoke
Ladies were 2-1 winners.
Results: Sheila Dugmore and Elaine Kirby won 5&3, Carol Hamilton and Mags McArthur won 6&5, Joan Lennard and Roni Proctor lost 3&2.
In the last two weeks, Belton Park ladies have played two different format pairs competitions, with the winners qualifying for national finals.
In the better ball competition, club champion Anna Clark, partnered by Enid Maltby, just won on countback with 42 points. The alternate shot foursomes format was won with an excellent 41 points by Cynthia Mills and Marie Bone.
Results: Ping Four-ball Better Ball – 1 Enid Maltby and Anna Clark 42 ocb, 2 Pam Wiggins and Ina Wood 42, 3 Gill Briggs and Jane Renfrew 41 ocb; Coronation Foursomes – 1 Cynthia Mills and Marie Bone 41, 2 Denise Adams and Ailis Smith 39 ocb, 3 Enid Maltby and Grace Andrew 39.
Belton Park seniors captain Alan Addis hosted his Am-Am competition last Tuesday, over the Brownlow Course, with 47 members and five invited guests taking part in the fine weather, with sunshine for much of the day.
The competition as always with the seniors was very close with the first five teams’ scores being within four shots of each other.
The winning team on the day with 91 points comprised of Richard Alsbury, Bill Brogan, David Langley and Mike Goodacre, just a single point ahead of Alan Addis, club captain Paul Screen, Brian King and George Crowford.