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GOLF: Sun shines on Stoke Rochford Spring Open

Stoke Rochford Gents' Spring Open trophy winners.
Stoke Rochford Gents' Spring Open trophy winners.

Stoke Rochford Golf Club held their Gents’ Spring Open on Sunday.

Record numbers attended this year, with 91 competitors playing in the 18-hole Medal in the morning and 38 pairs playing in the Foursomes Bogey in the afternoon.

Belton Woods ladies' Invitation Day.
Belton Woods ladies' Invitation Day.

The weather was great and the course looked absolutely magnificent.

Results: McCorquodale Cup (gross competition) – 1 Adam Footitt - SRGC - 69, 2 Ethan Pilkington - Norwood Park GC - 72, 3 Michael Green - Belton Park - 73; Elms Cup (net competition) – 1 Liam Gales - SRGC - 79-14=65, 2 Shaun James - Stapleford Park GC - 83-17=66, 3 Steve Cullington - SRGC - 73-4=69 C/B, 4 Peter J. Smith - SRGC - 83-13=69 C/B, 5 Tom Greenfield - SRGC - 81 -11=70 C/B; Nearest the Pin – 3rd hole - Simon Barker - Rufford Park, 17th Hole - Roger Rawson - SRGC; Bursnell Cup (Foursomes v Par Bogey) – 1 Lee Malloy (Norwood Park)/Mark Peters (Stapleford Park) -2, 2 Paul Knapp (SRGC)/Robin Harris (SRGC) -1, 3 Michael Green (Belton Park)/Gavin Green (SRGC) - level C/B, 4 John May (Norwood Park)/Mark Johnson (Sherwood Forest) - level C/B, 5 Raymond Hall (Norwood Park)/Ethan Pilkington (Norwood Park) - level C/B.


Heavy and persistent rain throughout the day caused the abandonment of the 21st Stoke Rochford Seniors Open.

Belfry player Steven Wright is pictured receiving the Mid Amateur Open Championship trophy from Belton Park captain Derek Bashford and Midland Golf Union president John Stubbings.
Belfry player Steven Wright is pictured receiving the Mid Amateur Open Championship trophy from Belton Park captain Derek Bashford and Midland Golf Union president John Stubbings.

With about 130 entrants, play had got underway but was called off at 11.30am when the greens started to flood. Continuing rain throughout the day, on this the wettest day since last June, made any resumption out of the question.

The competition has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 22.


Belton Woods ladies’ captain Sue Hall triumphed on Invitation Day.

Representatives of Sudbrook Moor's winning Primroses team are, from left - Gladys Reynolds, Doreen Fardell and Diane Leslie.
Representatives of Sudbrook Moor's winning Primroses team are, from left - Gladys Reynolds, Doreen Fardell and Diane Leslie.

A busy week’s golf culminated in what is a special day for the lady captain and was even more so as her good form continued with a fantastic 48 points in the pairs betterball stableford, along with her playing partner Janet Dandeker from Greetham Valley.

Second place went to Lorraine Robertson and Yvonne Bashford (Belton Park) with 47 points, and in third place were Pat Haynes and Elaine Faithon (Canwick Park) with 43.

A great day was enjoyed by all, with sunny conditions and a lovely meal to follow.

The Directors Cup was held last Wednesday in a deluge of rain and was won by a happy but soaked Yvonne Walker.

The Spring meeting saw the Silver division won by Trudi Galloway and Bronze by Kylie Bullimore.

Out and about, Belton Woods ladies continue to do well with Gaynor Daykin, Judi Downward and Wendy Stewart finishing sixth in the Torksey Texas Scramble.

Congratulations go to Lesley Perrin and Val Williams who have reached the fourth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes, thrashing Canwick Park 6&5 away from home. The next round will be held at home against Seacroft.


A fine very steady performance from Tin Win took the Belton Woods May medal on a cool, windy day in which 36 seniors took on the Woodside course.

Results: 1 Tin Win 68 net, 2 Chris Beckett 71, 3 John Browne 71, 4 Colin Musson 72, 5 Ken Claxon 73, 6 Peter Stephenson 73, 7 Andy Davidge 74, Mike Whitington 74, Dennis Manton 74.

The steady flow of inter-club matches continued with mixed fortunes in away games at Norwood Park and The Nottinghamshire.

Norwood 4½

Belton Woods 3½

Captain Ray Woodcock and Steve Daly halved, Gary Waterfield and Colin Musson won 3&2, John Williams and Mike Whitington lost 3&2, Mike Gulliford and Chris Beckett halved, Ken Claxon and Ian Nisbett won 2&1, Jeff Tooms and John Browne lost 1 down, Neil Hoyle and Lyndon Hallett halved, Tin Win and Peter Bishop lost 6&4.

The Nottinghamshire 5

Belton Woods 3

Captain Ray Woodcock and John Browne won 2&1, vice-captain David Toule and David Dexter lost 2&1, Ken Claxon and Colin Musson won 1 up, Gary Waterfield and Mick Hall lost 3&2, Bob Blake and Gordon Scott won 2&1, Mike Gulliford and John Williams won 4&2, Paul Stanley and Peter Bishop lost 5&4, Tom Rae and Ian Nisbett won 1 up.


The Midland Golf Union held its Mid Amateur Open Championship at Belton Park last Thursday.

The 36-hole medal competition for men aged 35 or over had an entry of 60 players, all with low single figure handicaps or better. They came from clubs as far away as Kent and Gloucestershire.

After heavy rain the previous day, the Belton Park green staff had been up early to prepare the course which received many favourable comments from the competitors. Fortunately, it was fine and the golf was played in sunny and fairly calm conditions.

After 36 holes, there was a four way tie on 141, being one under par. The players were Steven Wright (Belfry), Craig Toyne (Blankney), James Bishop (Little Aston) and James Weeks (Burton on Trent).

Steven Wright secured the title with a birdie three on the first extra hole.

l On a beautiful spring day, 50 pairs took to the course for the 36-hole Belton Park Gents’ Spring Open.

The morning competition took the form of a foursomes on the Brownlow course for the Rothwell Lee Cup.

This was won by Belton Park members Jack Diment and Will Hopkins with a highly creditable 40 points – this being a net 68.

One shot back, and second on countback were visitors from Birstall GC, Tony Wortley and Gavin Hill. Also on 39 points, and also from Birstall, were Stuart Marriott and Ryan Topley. In fourth place with 37 points on countback were Belton Park junior member Joseph Clayton and Stewart Esterbrook from The Leicestershire GC.

The afternoon competition for the Hemswell Cup was a betterball Stableford on the Ancaster course.

Winners, with 44 points on countback were Belton Park member Jason Nichol with his partner Keith Rowley from Blankney GC. Just pipped into second place were Bulwell Forest members Ian and Lewis Allsopp, with Chris Budd and Andrew Vernon, from Edwalton and Willesley Park respectively, one shot further back. In fourth place were a pairing from Rugby GC, Matt Bell and Steve Hammond.

The diverse geographical spread of the prize winners demonstrates the popularity of the event.


Sudbrook Moor Tuesday Ladies are continuing through the month of May in the mode of Pairs Golf, in preparation for the forthcoming matchplay season.

Most recently, there has been a Greensomes Matchplay, when the Ladies were drawn into competing teams, with their annual match between The Bluebells and The Primroses.

The Greensomes resulted in a convincing win for The Primroses, 3-1. The winning team of Sue Chambers, Chris Thompson, Doreen Fardell, Diane Leslie, Gladys Reynolds and Sue Hutton collected contributions on behalf of Marie Curie Cancer, which continues to receive regular donations as the club’s nominated charity. The running fund has amounted to more than £120 over the past few weeks.

The scratch A Team travelled to Burghley Park on Saturday for their third fixture of 10 to meet the new club in Division Two.

Sudbrook Moor fielded an excellent team of six pairs in this South Lincolnshire Betterball League, but were to meet a very tough team on away turf. The match was lost 5-1 with captain Simon Green winning the sole tie, partnering brother Andrew Green.

Fifty-five-year-old club member Nigel Corby entered a brand new County Championship for senior amateur gents, with a maximum handicap of nine entry restriction.

In Singles Matchplay format, and drawn to play away in the first round, Nigel travelled to Waltham Windmill Golf Club, near Cleethorpes. There he enjoyed a very excellent win to secure a second round draw at home against a senior from Louth.

Unfortunately, an on-going elbow injury this week forced Nigel to concede that match which concluded his involvement in the competition.


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