GOLF: Stoke Rochford triumph in Hotchkin Cup

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Stoke Rochford contested the Hotchkin Cup at Ashridge in Surrey and emerged victorious.

Stoke Rochford’s golf course was designed by Colonel John Hotchkin who was also responsible for five other courses in England – Woodhall Spa, The Links Newmarket, West Sussex, Ashridge and Kington – and each year the clubs all meet up on a club rotation basis and play for the Hotchkin Cup.

The format of the day saw each club have four pairs playing a betterball stableford, with the best three scores to count.

Stoke Rochford won with a magnificent score of 140, just beating the home club Ashridge by three points.

Pictured from left are Peter Gill, Jeff Purdy, Steve Cullington, Cate Cullington, vice-captain Charlie Scott, club captain Gary Skerritt, Trevor Broadhead and Roger Smith.


Belton Park 6

Stoke Rochford 2

Barry Coop and Graham Manton lost 2&1, Brian White and Tim Haward lost 4&3, Greg Ewart and Roger Smith won 3&2, Phil White and Malcolm Edwards won 4&3, Chris Woof and Dave Hamston lost 3&2, Ken Taylor and Phil Varley lost 6&5, Mike Rance and Alan Jessop lost 2&1, Roland Slack and Eddie Plant lost 1 down.

Stoke Rochford seniors played the first round of their season-long Winter Warmers series last week.

Drawn in teams of three, the competition was a ‘Waltzer’ stableford.

Results: 1 Colin Doughty, John Wright and Nev Marris 78pt ocb, 2 David Hamilton, Ray Beal and Don Werner, 3 Alan Dolby, Mike Palmer and Nev Marris 75 ocb.


Belton Park held its last open competition on Sunday.

The autumn mixed open was held under glorious blue skies and those taking part took advantage of the fine conditions to shoot some wonderful scores.

Results: 1 Gillian and Peter Lamming 45, 2 Charlotte and Stephen Bowers 44, 3 Fiona Hutton and Andrew Green 43, 4 Ina Wood and Gary Taylor 43, 5 Enid Maltby and David Price 42, 6 Julie and Nav Jan 41.


The ladies of Belton Park turned up for their England Golf Medal match last Tuesday, only to find weather being very unkind to them with wind and rain hampering their scoring.

Results: Division One – 1 Yvonne Bashford 95-20=75, 2 Jan Johnson 93-17=76, 3 Elizabeth Sharp 93-16=77; Division Two – 1 Lisa White 99-24=75, 2 Jacqui Barson 98-21=77, 3 Judith Potter 103 26=77.

Team results

In their final Club Match of the season last Saturday, Belton Park travelled to Newark and, after a wet and miserable start, managed to halve it 4-4.

As usual the match was played in the true spirit of friendship and respect.

Following play, the players enjoyed an excellent meal and were well hosted by Newark captain Colin Dixon and his team.


Sudbrook Moor’s midweek stableford was won by Martin Corby, ahead of runners-up Michael Green and Malcolm Edwards.

l Andy Paterson’s Sunday stableford win was rewarded with a new handicap of 21.

Overall runner-up was Mark Dewhurst with category winners Paul Burrell, Martin Greene, Andy Newman, Malcolm Edwards and Jeff Ward. Best lady was Kay Daynes.

On back-to-back Sundays, the second stableford was won by Andy Stones, with runners-up Darren Nicholson, Jim Garriock, Barry Pogson, Paul McCarthy and Barry Rohland.

Best junior high handicap was Sam Howes and top lady was Mags McArthur. The twos pot was shared by Richard Howes, Andrew Green, Phil Hall and Barry Pogson.