GOLF: Stoke Rochford seniors reach 800-match milestone

This year's Stoke Rochford seniors' "Team Rance".
This year's Stoke Rochford seniors' "Team Rance".
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Stoke Rochford seniors reached the milestone of 800 inter-club matches with a 4-4 draw at Spalding last Monday.

Seniors secretary John Wright’s records show Stoke Rochford have won 397 of the 800 and halved 82, eight results unknown. Under the stewardship of this year’s captain Mike Rance, they have played 30 with 15 wins and two halved matches.

Spalding 4

Stoke Rochford 4

Mike Rance & Don Werner lost 3&2, Barry Coop and Brian White won 1 up, Brian Ayto and Tim Howard won 1 up, Graham Manton and Mike Greaves lost 4&2, Mike Dickinson and Ken Taylor won 1 up, Charles Donnison and David Hamilton lost 1 down, Greg Ewart and Trevor Harvey lost 6&5, Mike Nixon and Ernie Armstrong won 6&4.

The seniors’ Summer Trophy saw the best score on the day from Ken Taylor with 40 points on countback from Steve Major.

Mike Nixon had a sufficient points lead going into the final round of six, with three to count, to just crawl over the line as overall league victor with 116 points, two points ahead of runner-up Mike Palmer.



Belton Park ladies enjoyed their annual exchange day, held this year at Milton, Peterborough, last Tuesday.

An excellent field of 45 took part in an individual stableford competition and the outright winner was Muriel Gaffney with 41 points. Second place went to Jenny Gardiner with 38 and third on countback was Jacqui Barson. The best front nine was won by Marjie Thompson with 22 points and the best back nine by Sandra Pask with 19.


The Colin Ryan Cup was won by Brian Mole with a net score of 65 on countback from Terry Bond, with Barrie Stainton third on 67.

Luffenham Heath 5

Belton Park 3

Peter Brooks and Shaun Boney lost 2 down, Bill Brogan and Fred Willaims won 1 up, Barrie Stainton and Nick Craft lost 4&2, Norman Halliday and Brian Mole lost 5&4, Tom Brindley and John Carr lost 5&4, Tony Davies and Trevor Collis won 5&4, Wes Wright and Paul Skelton won 8&7, Keith Brown and Michael Goodacre lost 1 down.

Peterborough Milton 6

Belton Park 2

Peter Brooks and Terry Bond halved, Bill Brogan and Michael Goodacre lost 3&2, Keith Brown and Keith Ball won 3&2, Barrie Stainton and Trevor Collis lost 2 down, Brian Mole and Colin Farrington lost 2&1, Tony Davies and John Alsbury halved, Shaun Boney and Rick Alsbury lost 1 down, Gary Head and Michael Monaghan lost 1 down.


Ron Boxell’s senior Captain’s Day Stableford was won by 24 handicap Eric Dickens who returned a 44 point card to claim the Des Godfrey Memorial Jug. Runner-up with 42 points was Steve Squires.

Dave Guy won the best front nine and Ron Selby the best back nine. Longest drive on the fifth and 14th was won by Bryan Shelley. Nearest the pin on the third was Steve Squires and it was Mike Dyason on the 16th.

The putting challenge saw John Morley triumph with 16 putts, on countback from Alfie Kent. Token prizes went to John Came, Graham Buxton and Ken Jameson who also carded 16 putts. £105 was raised for the captain’s charity.

The twos pot was shared by Steve Squires, Bob Watson, Mike Dyason and Mick Massingham.

l Pam Cox won the ladies’ Tuesday roll-up stableford with 40 points, with Sue Hutton runner-up on 33 points.

l Victor of the seniors’ monthly medal was Barry Kay to earn top points in the Senior Golfer of the Year award. Runner-up in Category 1-3 was Andy Mither and best of Category 4 was David Leslie.