GOLF: Harry’s game – Sudbrook Moor senior wins first silverware
A five-way tie on 34 stableford points and Harry Cruickshank’s par on the 18th, to finish with a three pointer, proved to be the essential point for a nine hole count-back of 17 in Thursday’s Sudbrook Moor Senior Roll-up.
Now his 70s and always playing excellent, consistent golf off 23 handicap, Aberdonian Harry will be enjoying that winning feeling as he took home his first Sudbrook Moor silverware – The Gordon Trophy. This trophy was first presented back at the inception of the senior section in 1995 to encourage all those with handicaps of 21 and upwards, and that continues to be the qualifying criteria to this day.
Best scorecard of the competition was returned by 17 handicap Bryan Greenslade on 36 points, and also in that lower handicap category but not eligible to compete for the trophy were four scores on 35 points, from Ken Wingad, Ian Nicholson, Mick Massingham and John Costall.
In the countback for the trophy, all on 34 points, were senior captain Graham Mackinder, Alfie Kent, Tony Rose and Jim Carr.
The entire twos pot was won with a birdie on hole number seven by Robin Dungworth.
The junior intermediate title holders, nine-year-old Izzy Linsley and grandfather John Russell, are off to a flyer in the first three events of the summer series, whilst 10-year-old Lilliya Greene and father Martin are very close on their tails, with a sporting determination to win the title in October.
Biggest scoring improvement over the months has come from 10-year-old Jessica Mawson with father Kevan Woollas and, with more competition experience, they will be the ones to watch in the next seasons.
As usual, Joseph Ablewhite is scoring very well, as is Scott Griffiths, and they both feature near the top of the Order of Merit table. Seven-year-old Blake Smith and grandfather Stuart Smith have also had an excellent three returns.
Other juniors and partners involved are Peter and Ronie Alipio, Chris and Daniel Agapito, Jasmin Mawson, Mia Mawson, John Griffiths, Adrian, Wills and Ollie Hands, James and Rob Farrant.
Birdies have been recorded by Lilliya Greene on the first hole, and Scott Griffiths on holes one, three and seven, plus an eagle two on the fourth hole by Joseph Ablewhite.
Belton Park senior team travelled to Radcliffe last Monday and recorded a tremendous result, winning 5-3, with most of the matches being decided on the final hole.
There were wins on the day for the teams of Alan Addis and John McNally, Frank Overton and Brian Mole, Mike Bower and Dave Dobney, Graham Secker and Howard Lockwood, and Bill Brogan and Mike Monaghan.
The following day, the seniors took part in the eighth Stableford competition of the season, played over the Belmont course. The event also included the previously postponed Colin Ryan Cup.
The competition for the Colin Ryan Cup was very tight for most of the places but with an outstanding net 63 from Mike Collins taking the trophy.
Stableford results: 1 Mike Collins 42pt, 2 Steve White 37 ocb, 3 Alan Addis 37 ocb, 4 Geoff Woodward 37; best front nine – Roy Smith 20, best back nine – John Newton.