Retirement is most definitely suiting 70-year-old Christopher Wilmot.
Last week he played three competitive strokeplay rounds, won three prizes, received a handicap reduction from 24 to 23, and enjoyed a birthday celebration.
Chris’s week amounted to first prize in the seniors’ mixed Texas Team, a second place in the seniors’ Thursday weekly Roll-Up medal from Championship tees, and a Best Overall position in the Main Club Mid-Week Stableford, also from the Championship tees, with a scorecard of 37 points.
Jeff Ward was runner-up from David Franklin, whilst Alison Reid was best lady. Phil Hall won the twos sweep with a birdie on hole number seven.
l The Tuesday Ladies enjoyed a Greensomes Stableford in drawn pairings. Best scorecard came from on-form Linda Whittaker with Shirley Gardiner, from Amanda Roberts with Jenny Hilton. Other pairings were Alison Reid with Margaret White, Sue Chambers with Diane Leslie, Joan Alton with Judith Baldwin, and Eileen Plummer with Jeannie Priest.
l Mick Massingham is enjoying a run of success in the Thursday Seniors’ roll-ups, returning two winning scorecards, a second and fourth place since the New Year. Mick’s handicap stays intact at 19.
Andy Milner leads the SSSS Order of Merit after a very splendid 38 points. Sue Watson beat the whole field in very testing Thursday conditions with a scorecard of 37 points.
The Winter Eclectic lead name is currently Dave Leslie, closely pursued by title holder Ted-John Johnson.
Stoke Rochford Seniors Winter Warmer was a Yorkshire Stableford, a format where the best and worst scores of the team of three counted on each hole.
Winners with 73 points were John Batty, Duncan Bennett and Adrian Stannard. Second with 72 were Mike Nixon, Mike Palmer and Ray Elsome, ahead of third placed Graham Manton, Peter Gill and John Wright on 71.
Eddie Plant and Greg Ewart, leaders on the overall table, were drawn together as they were last week, this time with Brian Ayto and finished fourth with 69 points.
Eddie Plant retained his overall lead on 35 points, Greg Ewart stays second with 31 points, whilst Mike Nixon is third with 30 points.
Despite the bad weather throughout January and early February, Belton Woods ladies have been active on the golf course.
The Daily Mail foursomes competition took place in the second week of January, and was won by the formidable team of past and present captains Wendy Stewart and Jackie Wilson, with Jane Forbes and Liz Moses a close second.
The January Stableford Silver Division competition was also won by Jackie Wilson, with an excellent score of 37, with Julie White winning the Bronze Division with 35 points.
The Weekday and Winter Challenge round five were held on very different days during the first week of February. Benefiting from glorious weather on Wednesday, the round was won by Chris Reynolds and Bev Warner with a net score of 74.5. The conditions on Saturday were rather unpleasant, but Jackie Wilson and Nikki Masson overcame the weather to win with a net score of 78.4.
The January Monthly Stableford was played in extremely windy and difficult conditions, but George Forbes eventually emerged victorious.
Results: 1 George Forbes 33pt, 2 Colin Musson 31 ocb, 3 Bob Clarke 31 ocb, 4 Pete Stephenson 31, 5 Paul Stanley 30, 6 Dave Toule 28, 7 Neil Hoyle 25 ocb, 8 Mike Whitington 25, 9 Ray Woodcock 24 ocb, 10 Pat Stanford 24.
Ken Claxon emerged the winner by two clear strokes in the January Marshall’s Monthly Medal.
Results: 1 Ken Claxon net 74, 2 Tony Slipper 76, 3 Gary Waterfield 77 ocb, 4 Pete Stephenson 77, 5 Pat Stanford 78, 6 Neil Hoyle 79, 7 David Toule 80 ocb, 8 Mike Whitington 80, 9 John Sabin 81 ocb, 10 Colin Thornton 81.