GOLF: Countback decides Stoke Rochford senior ‘Shambles’

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Stoke Rochford seniors revived a format which they had not used for a number of years.

The Sharman’s Shambles proved a good test, with two from three scoring a medal on the front nine, plus a stableford on the back nine, reaching a final score by subtracting the stableford from the medal.

Winners on countback with a score of 27 were Mike Nixon, Ernie Armstrong and Mike Palmer. Runners-up were Eddie Plant, Phil Hewes and Barry Coop. Third with 28 were Tom Keegan, Trevor Harvey and Eddie Malloy.

Overall leader is Brian White with 41 points, from Phil White 34, Alan Dolby 31 and Barry Coop 29.

A ding-dong battle is developing for the Slack Goblet which is awarded to the player recording the greatest number of single points in the series. Three players lead the race with nine single points, Dave Waling, John Wright and Keith Eddy, with John Smeeton next on eight.


Overall winner of January’s Rainbow Series event was won by Darren Nicholson with a scorecard of 39 points, closely pursued by Caroline Davis on 38, Jeff Ward 38, Michael Coupland 37 and Dick Marshall 37.

Others in the top 10 were Alan Cuthbertson, Chris Wilmot, Barry Rohland, Clive Breedon, Mick Lincoln and Onie Ison. CSS was 40 points for gents and 38 for ladies.

The optional twos sweep was shared by Caroline Davis on the 12th hole, John Came on the sixth, and Barry Rohland on the seventh.

The event remained hugely successful following its change from a pairs and teams format last year

to a mixed individual stableford. It will also be an accumulator event with regular roll-ups throughout the year.

l Order of merit points were accrued by the junior with adult pairs in the January Greensomes Medal, with all partnerships enjoying equal points.

Taking part were Richard and Sam Howes, Martin and Lilliya Greene, Trevor and Robert Eldred, Luke Harley and Mia Mawson, Jasmin and Melissa Mawson, and Stuart Smith and Blake Smith.