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GOLF: Stoke Rochford ladies celebrate promotion

Stoke Rochford ladies
Stoke Rochford ladies

Stoke Rochford ladies’ handicap league team (pictured) are celebrating winning Division Two and securing promotion back into the top division of the South Lincolnshire League.

The promotion was secured with a 3½-½ home win against Belton Woods.


Stoke Rochford 5

Kibworth 3

Mike Nixon and Brian Keightley lost 2&1, Eddie Plant and Tim Haward won 4&2, Brian White and Trevor Harvey won 4&3, Greg Ewart and Ray Elsome lost 5&4, Ray Beal and John Batty lost 1 down, Phil White and Ken Taylor won 3&2, Ernie Armstrong and Philip Varley won 5&3, Barry Gaunt and David Hamilton won 3&2.

Sleaford 5

Stoke Rochford 3

Mike Nixon and John Batty lost 5&3, Charles Donnison and Barry Mitchell won 3&2, John Wright and Philip Varley won 4&3, Greg Ewart and Tim Haward lost 2 down, Brian Keightley and David Hamilton lost 4&3, Stephen Major and Roy Rowe won 3&1, Phil White and Ken Taylor lost 1 down, Brian White and Mike Graves lost 5&4.



Rutland County 2

Belton Woods 4

Pat Stanford and Dave Toule won 3-2, Colin Musson and Mike Whitington won 3-2, Peter Bishop and Roger Hanratty lost 2-1, Ian Nisbet and John Sabin won 2-1, John Browne and Tin Win won 1 up, Mike Gulliford and Dave Inglis lost 3-2.

Belton Woods 6½

Rufford Park 1½

Pat Stanford and Phil Turrell won 5-4, Colin Musson and Colin Thornton won 5-4, George Forbes and Peter Bishop won 4-2, Les Vine and Richard James lost 1 down, John Bratt and Dave Toule won 4-2, Mike Gulliford and Ian Nisbet won 6-4, Mike Whitington and Gordon Scott halved, Bob Clarke and Dave Dexter won 4-2.


Overall winner of the large field competing in the Saturday August Monthly Medal was 24 handicap Gary Benbow.

His winning scorecard of five under CSS yielded Gary the month’s maximum Order of Merit points in the year’s Sword of Achievement, in which only one of the top 10, Paul McCarthy, scored August points.

The day’s results moved Paul McCarthy from third to second, Andy Newman down to second, whilst and Amanda Roberts remained leader for another month.

Jon Machin continued to show his worth and his score of three under CSS won the prize for the best of Handicap Category 1 to 3, the best gross prize, and he retained top position in the summer six month Eclectic.

Jason Turner is finding his form too, returning after a long retirement from the game, and he took third spot.

Best of Category 4 were Mark Boulton, Jonathan Oxby and Ivor Metcalfe. Best ladies’ card of the day was from Jo Pearson, on level CSS, from Judith Hutton, two over. Sue Watson birdied the 12th hole and took a third share of a very large twos sweeep with Andy Stones (6th ) and Chris Wilmot (16th ).

The Summer Eclectic, led by Jon Machin, has an exciting pack of net scores from Darren Nicholson, Andy Newman, Chris Wilmot, Keith Moore, Cameron Sunman, Andy Stones and Paul McCarthy. Current title holder Phil Hall is midfield.

l Chris Thompson won the weekly Tuesday Ladies’ Roll-Up Stableford with an amazing scorecard of 46 points. Runner-up was Jenny Hilton, continuing her good form, and Anne Parker was third.


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