GOLF: Roberts rules Sudbrook Moor Sword of Achievement
Sixteen handicap Amanda Roberts has won the Sudbrook Moor 2015 Sword of Achievement.
She is only the third lady in the 21-year history of the award to win the title.
The scores for the Sword are amassed from all the monthly Saturday qualifying medals and the whole club are part of this Order of Merit, with more than 100 ladies and gents involved.
It is always about consistency over the 12 months and regularly turning out to add scores to the board.
It all went down to the last event. Amanda scored in seven of the eight competitions she entered, with her best six results totalling 122 Sword Order of Merit points, which is among the highest scores of all previous winners.
After two years of playing dazzling strokeplay golf with an amazingly methodical style, and working her handicap down from 18 to 15.9, Amanda has won nearly all the ladies’ titles, including her first time win this summer of Ladies’ Championships with Best Gross and Best Nett scores, and now notching up most of the Main Club Majors as well.
Andy Newman deserves recognition for his runner-up spot in the Sword, pipped by a mere fraction after his impressive accruing of 10 scores out of a possible 12. Andy knew it was do-able, to go out and better one of his six best contributing scores, and he was the only remaining competitor in that frame. He made a very gutsy effort to overtake Amanda. One single shot on the ultimate scorecard was the margin of difference between title winner and second place.
Although he came out second, Andy also had a star year, with many results to prove it. At the year start, he won the Ace of the Year from all 2014 qualifying competitors, and in May he was runner-up in the Ken Crowe Challenge Major. He was also runner-up in the six month Summer Eclectic and overall fourth in the latest Rainbow Series, attaining his lowest handicap of 14.9.
Stoke Rochford seniors’ annual Christmas competition was an individual stableford using only two clubs and a putter.
Fifty-four seniors participated and the competition was followed by lunch and then seniors captain Mike Nixon made the presentation of prizes, cups and vouchers won throughout the year.
In the Christmas event, Don Clements came out on top to claim the Walker Cup with 36 points. Second with 35 was Adrian Stannard and third with 34 points on countback was Eddie Plant, from Steve Cullington, John Martindale and Barry Mitchell. Mike Palmer won the nearest the pin prize on the 17th hole.
Roger Nicholls and Gareth Hughes put on their usual Christmas extravaganza in the halfway house which was much appreciated.
Winter Warmers points were awarded for the Christmas competition and after seven weeks, 74 seniors have played. Eddie Plant leads with 24 points, from Greg Ewart on 22, Mike Nixon and Gareth Hughes 21, and Roger Nicholls 17.
Colin Musson has now taken over at the helm and is Belton Woods seniors’ elected captain through to November next year, with Ray Woodcock as his vice captain.
l The Marshall’s Monthly Medal was won by Gary Waterfield with a net 75, a one stroke victory over his nearest rival Denny Pang.
Others: 3 Dave Toule 77, 4 Pete Stephenson 79 ocb, 5 Ken Claxon 79 ocb, 6 Ray Woodcock 79, 7 Colin Thornton 81, 8 Bob Clarke 82 ocb, 9 Mike Learwood Griffiths 82, 10 John MacGillivray 83.
The Monthly Stableford competition was won by Colin Thornton with 36 points, from runner-up Gary Waterfield on 35.
Others: 3 Dave Toule 32, 4 Neil Hoyle 31, 5 Ken Claxon 29 ocb, 6 John Sabin 29, 7 Denny Pang 28, 8 Bob Privett 27, 9 Colin Musson 25 ocb, 10 Norman Tidy 25.