GOLF: White wins Stoke Rochford Winter Warmers competition
Stoke Rochford Seniors played the final two rounds of the Winter Warmers competition last Wednesday.
The individual stableford winner was John Booth with 39 points. Second on countback with 38 points was Phil Hewes, from third placed Mick Rance.
In the aggregate stableford, winners were Peter Gill, John Booth and Phil White with 100 points. Runners-up on 99 were Ron Kent, Wilf Stephenson and Trevor Harvey, whilst Clive Breedon, Nev Marris and Phil Hewes were third with 97 points on countback.
This completed the 20-round winter-long event which saw 76 seniors play in at least one round.
Seniors captain Jim Price presented prizes to the top six, including the Winter Warmers Trophy to champion Phil White who had accumulated 50 points. Second overall was David Hamilton on 47.
Others: 3 Roger Nicholls 43, 4 Phil Hewes 41, 5 Brian White 40, 6 Mike Nixon 40.
Roland Slack presented the Slack Goblet and accompanying bottle of brandy to winner Nev Marris who, with 15 single points, was two ahead of runner-up Dave Waling on 13.
All sections of Sudbrook Moor are now moving into Trophy Season and, most recently, the Tuesday Ladies and Thursday Seniors have brought in exciting results with very worthy winners.
Last week, Anne Parker, not unfamiliar with title winning, having previously won the Williamson Medal Shield for Senior Ladies back in 2012, recorded another excellent medal score to win by two shots. There was a very strong field competing, so a celebration for this super gran.
Last year’s winner, Shirley Gardiner, was runner-up from a string of other previous winners – Joan Alton, Linda Whittaker, Sue Hutton and Joan Doughty.
Seventy-five-year-old Harry Cruickshank, who only clinched his first title last year, added the Singleton Stableford Shield to his list of achievements after he recorded a score of 45 points.
Frank Brumpton, John Ronan, Rod Edwards, Nigel Corby and Bryan Greenslade were the nearest rivals, but Harry won it in style with a three point margin. Harry’s handicap took quite a chop, a whole two shots, to 21.7.
Senior Team captain David Guy leapt into top place in the Senior six month Winter Eclectic, with just one Thursday roll-up remaining. Ted Johnson, who led for three weeks, was demoted to second. David last won the title in 2014 while Ted won it back-to-back in both six month seasons the following year.
The Junior Intermediates are approaching the final event of the six month winter title, with three pairings hanging on tightly to the lead positions in the Order of Merit.
Joseph Ablewhite and Scott Griffiths, Blake and Stuart Smith, and John Russell and Izzy Linsley are within three Order of Merit points of each other, all requiring a top scorecard this weekend to make the difference.