GOLF: Stoke Rochford’s Watson wins Faldo Series final

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Twenty-one-year-old Nick Watson from Stoke Rochford will be heading to America later this year after winning the final Faldo Series UK Championship of 2013 at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell).

He shot 69, the lowest round of the tournament, on the final day to finish two shots clear, having scored a par 72 previously, to book his place in the 17th final at The Greenbrier in West Virginia on October 22-24.

Afterwards, Nick commented: “This victory means alot because there were a number of top players in the field. I can’t wait to get out there.”

He was in second place after the first round and raced to four under in the first nine. A solid back nine saw him end the tournament three-under, two shots ahead of Matthew Fieldsend.

The Bank Holiday Stableford was won by 16 handicapper Dave Harris, three clear of the field with 45 points. Ben Rawspon was second with 42 and James Footitt third with 40. Kevin Bond hit a hole in one on the 195-yard par three seventh.

The following day, Robin Harris won the Bob Cullingham Memorial with a net 66 (-4) after scoring 72. Brian Delaney was second with a 66, Owen McHugh third with 67.


Seventy-plus years young Keith Heppenstall won the Midweek August Stableford on the par 68 Valley course with 41 points. Terry Dunlop was second, one of a trio of players who came in with 40 points.

Jordan Burdall, aged 19 with a handicap of plus one, has already won the scratch to 18 club championship and had to settle for third but did take the course record with a 63.

The record was held by Sam Sharpe, now assistant pro at Luffenham Heath, who set the mark at 65 several years ago.

Jordan worked the course well, only using his driver on the two par fives. He mostly used a three iron off the tee and his putter was working well. His next target is the Lakes course reord, currently held by club captain Trevor Smith.

Bryony Batch won the Ladies’ August Stableford on the Lakes course with 38 points. Cathy Steele was second after going in the water on the last.


Captain’s Day winners were Tony Noble, Manny Barker, Brian Mole and Tony Robinson on 102 points. Runners-up were David Langley, Doug Atkinson, Peter Rollings and Paul Skelton on countback with 94 points from Tony Davies, Curly Foster, Bill Selby and Fred Williams. A total of £210 was raised for for Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance charity.


The Harrowby Cup was won by Carol Steel and Marie Bone with 41 points, narrowly beating Alice Epton and Sheila Mason on countback.

The Ladies halved the annual match with the Juniors and beat Sleaford Ladies 4-0 in a home friendly.


Captain Colin Sneesby held his charity day on Saturday with more than £1500 being raised for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance charity with more than 80 golfers takinig part.

Men’s winner was Harry Mckeen with a Stableford 43 points and the ladies’ winner was Lisa Liu with 38.

Nine-handicap 17-year-old Alex Scorror carded a hole in one at the par three 12th at Sleaford in Round Three of the South Lincs junior League match using an eight iron. The Spinney is the signature hole on the course and is surrounded from the front by high trees, which tend to accommodate most golfers.


A superlative score of 46 Stableford points was returned by Andy Newman and Paul Brough in the club’s annual Sudbrook Bowl.

The Betterball format of three-quarter handicap, produced an outward nine scroe of 25 points, both off 21. Second prize went to Kev Jones and Malcolm Edwards with 43. Twenty-two handicappers Barry Pogson and Mags McArthur retuned 41 points for third and last year’s holders, father and son Stuart and Joshua Smith, were fourth, having on it three times in the last four years.

Stuart Smith and junior partner Jospeh Ablewhite brought in the top Order of Merit points in the Saturday Intermediates.