Sudbrook Moor’s summer season for intermediate juniors, all playing with adult partners in a Greensomes Medal format,came to an end after five months.
Fifteen-year-old Jasmin Mawson, with dad Kev Woollas, maintained a brilliantly successful run of top scores to accumulate three second places, one third and a fourth place, coming out first-time winners of the splendid EM Direct Trophy.
Their 47 Order of Merit points gave them a 14-point lead.
The winning partnership were delighted to be presented with their trophy, and the prize pot was substantial enough to go down to sixth place, to encourage the closely packed group of those who nearly made it.
Seven-year-old Blake Smith – in his first year of competitive golf – and granddad Stuart were second on 33 points.
Last season’s title holder, 15-year-old Joseph Ablewhite, finished third, having already won the title on six occasions.
New to the competition scene this year, father and son Adrian and Oliver Hands finished half-a-point further back in fourth spot.
Past winners, granddad and grandson Trevor and Robert Eldred claimed 27.5 points for fifth, just ahead of sixth-placed granddad and granddaughter John Russell and Issy Linsley.
The five-month Birdie Tree saw dad and daughter Steve and Olivia Bradley awarded for achievements on hole numbers four and seven.
Dad and son Richard and Sam Howes had back-to-back birdies on the last competition of the season, on the eighth and ninth holes.
Belton Woods Golf Club’s Lady Captain Wendy Stewart had her Captain’s Day postponed until late in the season.
Expecting winter conditions, everyone was amazed to be playing in bright sunshine on the best November day, weather-wise, on record.
All 38 ladies joined in with the black-and-white-with-a-hint-of-pink dress code on the golf course and for the post-competition meal.
The golfers played an Individual Stableford run over 12 holes.
Prizes were awarded to: 1 Gaynor Dakin (25), 2 Elaine Lilley (24), 3 Pat Haynes (23), 4 Jane Forbes (22); Nearest the Pins - Gaynor Daykin and Carole Stothard; Straightest Drive - Pat Welsh.
The summer Knockout Trophies have been completed and the winners are: Lady Captain’s Cup (handicap 20 and below) - Jackie Wilson; Lady Vice Captain’s Cup (21 to 29) - Judi Downward; Secretary’s Shield (30 to 36) - Elaine Lilley.
Road to Morocco
A Grantham golfer has earned the chance to win an all-expenses-paid dream golf holiday to the Kingdom of Morocco, after winning the latest Road to Morocco event at Belton Woods.
Wendy Stewart, 65, who plays off 19, was crowned champion at the club’s sponsored medal event, one of a series of nationwide tournaments organised by the Moroccan National Tourism Office (MNTO) and QHotels, the UK’s largest golf resort operator.
The Road to Morocco series encompasses all 11 of QHotels’ golf resorts, with 22 member events, for both men and women – with each winner being entered into a draw to win a trip to Morocco.
Stewart has now been entered into the draw which will see two lucky competition winners from the series – one male, one female – win a four-night Moroccan golf holiday for two people, with flights included.
At Greetham Valley Golf Club, the Men’s Winter Medal was played in wet and windy conditions with more than 90 entrant s, but this did not inhibit the scores submitted by the leading players.
With prizes being funded by the surplus from summer competition, entry fees and prizes for nearest-the-pins on all par threes, nearest-the-pin-in-two and longest drives meant many players went home satisfied.
In Division Two the top three places went to Simon Pearson, Luc Affleck (both nett 64), while Graeme Hepburn took first place, and the overall winner’s slot for a fine 63.
Graeme, who plays off 23, had a highly consistent round with a mix of pars and bogeys on all holes, except the challenging fifth hole which caused him a little difficulty and made him card a double bogey.
Young Luc Affleck, who continued his recent run of good form, started like a professional with birdies on the first two holes as well as on the eighth.
The overall round was marginally worsened by double bogeys on three holes, otherwise he would have won by a large margin.
Division One was decided by countback for both third and fourth positions, as well as for the top two.
In third place was Carl Causbrook with a round of model consistency and a score of nett 69. Second place went to Simon Linnell (7), who made par on every hole except holes four, 15 and 16 to score a nett 68.
The overall winner however, on countback, was Pete Bagshaw, playing off eight, who thought he had blown the opportunity when he took a double bogey on the 10th.
However, a strong back nine with two birdies amidst a host of pars enabled him to take Division One leadership.
The best gross score was achieved by Trevor Smith (1) who scored a gross 72 with textbook strokeplay.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Mark Hibbitt, Terry Smith, Alan Bennett and Tom Haynes, while Nick Cunnington won the nearest the pin in two and Chris Horne won the longest drive.
On Friday night a host of past captains and members attended the Captain’s Dinner.
The highlight of the evening for many members was to see captain Fred Aspin being hypnotised and being made to believe that he was receiving electric shocks for giving the wrong answers to questions put to him by the evening’s entertainer.