GOLF: Sharman’s Shambles played at Stoke Rochford
Stoke Rochford seniors’ Winter Warmer competition was ‘Sharman’s Shambles’, a format introduced many years ago by one of their past members. Bill Sharman.
Playing in teams of three, scoring was best two from three medal play on the front nine and stableford back nine. Subtracting the stableford from the medal score produced the score, with the lowest winning.
In first place with 65-44=21 were Brian Ayto, Brian Keightley and Alan Dolby. Second with 65-41=24 were Keith Dugmore, Phil Hewes and John Wright, on countback from Graham Manton, Chris Woof and Tim Haward (64-40=24) in third. Fourth, also with the same score, were Peter Gill, Steve Major and Alan Hayward with 60-36=24.
After eight weeks, Eddie Plant remains in the overall lead on 25 points, Greg Ewart has 23, with Gareth Hughes and Mike Nixon both on 20.
After the festive break from competitive golf, Sudbrook Moor’s Tuesday ladies, Thursday seniors and main club were all back, enthusiastically recharged, with the winners returning excellent scores.
Tuesday lady Amanda Roberts was on top form again, with a handicap reducing scorecard of 39 stableford points, one better than CSS, and a 0.3pt cut to 15.6. Shirley Gardiner was second on a very steady 34 points. In a nine hole stableford variation, Linda Whittaker brought home a card of 19 points, one under, with a 0.5pt cut to 31.5.
l Steve Squires stormed back in the mixed seniors’ stableford, carding 41 points for a 0.6pt reduction to 19.8. Best of Category 4 was 22 handicap Harry Cruickshank with 36 points. Runner-up prize went to John Chambers with 40 points in Category 1-3, whilst other steady scores came from Graham Mackinder (36) and Bob Watson (34) in Category 1-3, and John Ronan (34) in Category 4. There were no twos recorded and so the money rolled-over.
David Leslie continues to lead the Seniors’ Winter Six-month Eclectic, now in its third month.
l The main club Saturday mixed monthly competition was in stableford format. Mags McArthur will be very pleased with a card of 35 points, in January’s very testing ground conditions, which will ensure her of some useful Order of Merit points in the second instalment of the new Sword of Achievement.
Best overall scorecard came from the very fresh and most definitely on-form seniors’ captain Graham Mackinder, carding 39 points, 21 out and 18 back, on a handicap of 18, reduced to 17.6. Fifteen-year-old Joseph Ablewhite was the next best return on 38, with a new handicap of 27.6.
Andy Newman is showing his usual dynamism, straight out of the blocks in the New Year, and intending to put in leading scores in The Sword, with 37 points, and Ronie Alipio on 36. The day’s CSS was 37 points.
Others winning prizes across the handicap categories were Daniel Reidy 36, Nigel Corby 36, Kevin Turner 31 and Barry Rohland 30.
The twos sweep was shared by Nigel Corby, Simon Green, Orlando Pabunan, Andy Newman, Graham Mackinder and Daniel Reidy.
Andy Newman leads the Six-month Eclectic after two months, from new player Daniel Reidy, then Paul Burrell, Allan Griggs and Kevin Turner.
The Sword is still headed by last month’s leader, Ronie Alipio, with Kev Turner and Nigel Corby also looking strong.