GOLF: Stoke Rochford seniors adopt new format for Winter Warmers
Stoke Rochford seniors played the 13th round of their Winter Warmers competition to a new ‘30 Balls’ format, and for a February day the weather could not have been much better.
When the draw was made, the combination of Brian White, Alan Dolby and Phil Hewes seemed to be the ones to watch, and so it proved when they returned a score of 77 including 17 three-point scores to claim first place.
Runners-up with 75 were Malcolm Edwards, David Hamilton and Simon Mulla, and in third place with 74 points were vice-captain Jim Price, Ray Elsome and Eddie Plant.
With four rounds remaining, Eddie Plant retains his overall lead on 38 points, Alan Dolby moves into second place with 34 and Greg Ewart is third on 32. Seventy-eight players have competed.
Players are awarded a single point each time they play but finish outside the leading groups, and as the season end approaches there is fierce interest in the award of the Slack Goblet, together with an accompanying bottle of brandy to the player who has the most single points.
Currently leading the way are four players – Don Werner, Steve Major, Brian Keightley and Ernie Armstrong, and if they falter another five have nine single points.
Belton Woods men’s section were scheduled to play the Mail on Sunday Classic against Newark Golf club at Newark but, because of terrible weather conditions that caused the course to be closed, the tie was moved to Belton Woods.
Even so, the going was still really tough for both teams.
The matchplay format eventually resulted in a 5-0 win to Belton Woods who now progress to the next round
Results: Matt Hayes won 4&3, Chuck Tansley won 2&1, Pete Stothard won 1 up, Lee Williams won 3&2, Darren Woods won 4&3.
l Played on the Woods course, R.Vine and S. Hall were winners of the eighth round of the Winter League Betterball Bogey/Par competition with a tremendous score of nine.
Runners-up with eight were D. Mackey and J. Mackey, whilst M. Hayes and J. Bowers were third with seven.
Winners in the twos competition were Ian Williams, Nicholas Dent, Andy Williams and Dan Fowler.
l Belton Woods GC this week expressed its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Stoke Rochford greenkeeper David Thorp who died tragically at the end of last month.
The Valentine’s Day mixed competition was played on Saturday under grey skies and in a bitingly cold easterly wind.
Fourteen pairs competed on the Woods course to win the prizes of champagne, chocolates and wine. The eventual winners, with a total of 43 points, were lady captain Jackie Wilson and past captain Harry McKeen. Liz Moses and Harry Harrison were second with 42 points on countback from Ailsa Lines and Keith Aiton.
Round four of the Weekday Winter Challenge was replayed last Wednesday on the Lakes course.
The sun shone from a clear blue sky and conditions were on the course were good. The format of this round was an American Greensomes competition and the winners were Jane Forbes and Anne Meadows with net 78.6.
It was rough and tough for the monthly Sudbrook Moor Main Club Saturday Qualifier and the scores mirrored the conditions.
The field sighed with relief that the day dawned dry but the howling east wind challenged normal club selection and, even with the heavier ground, stopping the ball or getting it to fly in the right direction was difficult.
Overall winner Steve Davis’s scorecard of 37 points, one better than CSS, resulted in a very satisfying handicap reduction of 0.3, down to 19.6. A front nine holes of 22 points made a nonsense of the degree of difficulty.
Just edged out into second place was the consistent Paul Burrell on 36 points, 18 out and 18 back. Paul McCarthy is fast putting in his bid for The 2016 Sword points with third spot on 35, shared with Richard Dolby.
Best of the higher handicap category was Steve Jessop with 33 on a countback on the back six holes from Ben Worrell. On 32 were John McLaren and Lee Mackinder.
There was another countback in Category 1-3 for overall fifth place, with Ronie Alipio and Simon Green adding Sword points to an already good running total. Andy Newman shared the same score but missed out on the back nine countback by one point.
Ronie and Simon and Andy have all played three events in the Sword and scored high points each time.
Best lady was Sue Watson, also on a back nine countback, from Jan Machin.
A record 47 competitors entered the twos sweep and the share out went five ways, so it was a good day to birdie a par three. Craig Machin recorded two birdies on hole numbers three and seven, Simon Green and Andy Newman on the third, and Judith Hutton on the 15th.
l There was a superb winter scorecard from Keith Moore in the late January Sunday Stableford – 44 points and a new handicap of 24.
Other great scorecards came from Michael Green 37, Michael Coupland 37 and Ian Reah 37. Pete Armstrong was also in the prizes with 35 points. Best of the higher handicap category were Steve Jessop 38 and Dave Sharples 37. Best lady was Jo Pearson.