GOLF: Stoke Rochford seniors shoot out a Texas Scramble
Stoke Rochford seniors’ competition attracted 54 players seniors on a beautiful spring day to play the 18th round of the Winter Warmers competition – a Texas Scramble.
Winners with 68 (net 60.9) were John Martindale, Ron Kent, Roger Nicholls and Colin Howett.
Runners-up with 69 (61.8) were seniors vice-captain Brian White, his brother Phil White, and Tim Haward, whilst third on countback with 71 (62.2) were Alan Church, Eddie Malloy and Ray Beal, ahead of Brian Ayto, Barry Gaunt and Mike Palmer.
For the first time since September, there was a change at the top of the leaderboard. With only two rounds remaining, Phil White took the overall lead with 44 points. David Hamilton has 43 and Roger Nicholls is third on 40.
Seventy-six players have played in at least one round of the competition. A head-to-head duel has developed for the Slack Goblet, awarded to the player with the most single points – Nev Marris leads with 14 singles, and Dave Waling is one behind on 13.
Four months into the main club season of the Sword of Achievement, three handicap Martin Corby is looking unstoppable after his fourth platinum performance.
On the running Order of Merit table, Martin has broken away from the pack with a new total of 84 points, further boosted by his most recent overall winner’s score in the March Monthly Strokeplay.
Played from the Championship tees, Martin beat the day’s CSS by five stableford points, and won with a margin of four points, reducing his handicap down from 3.9 to 3.4. This winning scorecard comprised 22 points out and 21 homeward, which included birdie two on hole numbers seven and 15, and was the only handicap-reducing result of the entire mixed field.
A countback on scorecards of 39 points gave Andrew Dolby the second overall prize, with 13 points on the back six holes, from Michael Coupland, 12 on the back, and ‘A’ Team captain Simon Green. On 38 points, club treasurer Colin Henfrey had the best result of handicap category 21 plus, ahead of Steve Squires, Mick Lincoln and Joseph Ablewhite.
Amanda Roberts won the Ladies’ event on a creditable 37 points from Claire Breathwick, 36 points.
The top 10 in The Sword of Achievement are Martin Corby 84, Simon Green 66, Andrew Dolby 53, Michael Coupland 51, Andrew Green 46, Phil Hall 40, Steve Squires 39, Dave Sharples 38, Steve Davis 37, and Andy Stones34.
There have been further changes at the top of the Main Club Mixed Winter Eclectic, in which a player’s best scores are recorded on each hole during the six months. Chris Wilmot has been overtaken by John McLaren, playing off a 13 handicap. Andrew Green is currently in second place, from Chris Wilmot and Paul McCarthy. There are eight further competitions remaining in the season.
The Thursday Seniors have two events to play before their Eclectic season ends. Continuing to cling on to top spot is Ted Johnson, on a countback from David Guy. David Leslie is third on countback from a first timer in this leading group, Ian Nicholson. Tony Rose, Tim Newbery and, new in, Harry Cruickshank, come next, with less than two shots separating the entire bunch.
Chris Wilmot heads the SSSS scoreboard after two months and, in its fourth month, the Senior Golfer of the Year listing shows Nigel Corby looking very strong, from Bryan Heydinger, Pete Farmer, Sue Watson, Graham Mackinder, Steve Squires and Pete Armstrong.