Playing off a handicap of 21, Barry Rohland had a brilliantly successful matchplay season at Sudbrook Moor, between April and October, winning two of the three majors in the singles section.
He beat Phil Hall on a sudden death 19th hole, and also won the nine hole singles.
Josh Smith was the favourite to take the Scratch Prize, which he did, but it was the runner-up Darren Nicholson, playing scratch golf for his first time, who made an impression, beating 10 handicap Philip Edwards and Chris Wilmot in very closely contested head-to-heads on the way to the final. He was elated to be there and thoroughly enjoyed meeting a player of Josh’s experience and managed to take him to the 14th hole.
Lady rookie competitor, Amanda Edwards had a super season, gaining matchplay experience and taking Claire Lowes to the final few holes in the ladies’ singles final few holes and emerging victorious. Then, playing with husband Philip Edwards, Amanda and Philip were runners-up in one of the Fourball Betterball finals against competition secretary Steve Davis and junior Joseph Ablewhite, after going down on the second extra hole.
Steve Davis, with Orlando Pabunan, enjoyed a final showdown in Orlando’s first matchplay experience, in another of the Fourball Betterball competitions, losing one down after a magnificent game against Fiona Hutton and Graham Ritchie.
In a format to encourage the senior golfers, The Golden Treasures, for under 65s playing with over 65s, the combination of Paul Mason with Mel Jessop beat Philip Edwards and mother-in-law Eileen Plummer 3&2.
In most of the matchplay options, the chance to select your golf partner is a personal choice, but there is one in which the partner is drawn and pairings seeded. The final saw Paul Williamson and Andy Dolby, having progressed through two rounds against Chris Wilmot and Steve Davis, then Andy Newman and Barry Rohland, went on to beat Michael Coupland and Malcolm Edwards one up.
Fifty-one Stoke Rochford seniors played in last week’s Winter Warmer competition which was a Texas Scramble in teams of three.
Winners were the last group out – Eddie Plant, Brian Ayto and John Booth – with 65 (net 61).
The next two places went to pairs from the 7.45am early draw. Second with 68 (61.7) were Ron Kent, Charles Donnison and Ray Beal, whilst Mike Thornton, Alan Jessop and Trevor Harvey were third with 70 (62.7).
After two weeks of this winter long event, in which 60 players have already competed, Eddie Plant leads with nine points from Greg Ewart on seven.
Lady Captain’s Choice (November 3): 1 B. Lloyd, M. Henson and Y. Bashford 78pt, 2 P. Marshall, G. Briggs and N. Howitt 77 ocb, 3 J. Potter, A. Smith and K. Bell 77.
Stableford (November 10): Division One – 1 Jane Renfrew 35, 2 Joy Stepney 33, 3 Pam MacKey 33; Division Two – 1 Vicky Grindal 38, 2 Ailis Smith 29, 3 Enid Maltby 29.