GOLF: Belton Woods’ Downward is on the up
Belton Woods ladies’ section member Judi Downward represented the club in the regional EGWA Medal Final at Rothley Park Golf Club.
She enjoyed an amazing day, scoring a hole-in-one and finishing eighth to qualify for the National Final in August.
Judi qualified by having the best average in her best four medal rounds at Belton Woods last year.
l The Spring Meeting was played on Saturday and was won by Nikki Masson (bronze division) with 37 points and Trudi Galloway (silver division) with 35 points on countback.
l The Kinnersley Cup stableford competition was held on the Lakes Course on Sunday.
Winner in Division One with 39 points was Robin Harris. Runner-up with 37 was Rob Palframan and John Gill (36) was third.
Division Two was won by Joshua Mackey with 42 points.Thirty-nine points gave Nick Whales second place and third with 37 was Adam Hart.
On the spot prizes were donated by John Kinnersley and won by Jonathan Mason for the longest drive. Junior captain Josh Mackey was the overall winner and also won nearest the pin.
Stoke Rochford Seniors’ Open was again a great success with entries from 36 clubs.
Seniors’ captain Mike Nixon presented the awards, with Stoke dominating the prize list and winning eight of the nine prizes. Brian Ayto, who previously won the event in 2007, became the third Stoke member to win the event twice in its 19 years.
Results: Age Group B – 1 Brian Ayto (overall winner and Ben Tyler Trophy for the best score by a Stoke Rochford player) 41pt, 2 Graham Manton (SRGC) 39, 3 Ray Elsome (SRGC) 35 ocb; Group A – 1 R. Evans (Beeston Fields) 40, 2 Ernie Armstrong (SRGC) 38, 3 Eddie Malloy (SRGC) 37; Group C – 1 Alan Jessop (SRGC) 39, 2 Ray Beal (SRGC) 36, 3 Richard Leverett (SRGC) 35.
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Mike Nixon and Jim Price won 1 up, Keith Dugmore and Ray Elsome won 6&5, Eddie Plant and Philip Varley won 5&4, Brian Ayto and Cliff Mills won 3&1, Barry Gaunt and Roland Slack lost 3&2, Mike Dickinson and Don Clements won 3&2, Greg Ewart and Mick Rance won 3&1, Ken Taylor and Graham Manton lost 1 down.
The May round of the winter six month season of the Junior Intermediate Greensomes Medal turned out to be much more exciting than usual.
With the two leading partnerships both unexpectedly absent from the field on the morning of the event, all of a sudden five other pairings potentially came into the winning frame, all dependent on this final result.
Joseph Ablewhite and Emily Chapman, Martin and Lilliya Greene, Steve and Olivia Bradley, John Russell and Issie Linsley, and Stuart and Blake Smith were looking for top Order of Merit points to win the trophy.
Stuart and Blake came in with the best scorecard for maximum points, but current title holder Joseph also added sufficient points to hold on to his position to win the series by one point from grandfather and six-year-old grandson Stuart and Blake.
Joseph has contributed his points this season playing with Emily, Lilliya and Blake, when a shuffle of partners has been required,.
Steve and Olivia were third best card of the day, which brought them into a final equal third spot in the series, along with John Russell and granddaughter Issie Linsley. Steve and Olivia recorded the only birdie of the season, each winning a prize, having carded a three on the par four first.
Others in the scheme were Richard and Sam Howes, David and Jack Richardson, Jasmin, Melissa and Mia Mawson, Luke Harley, Joan and Ben Doughty, Trevor and Robert Eldred, and Adrian and Oliver Hands.