Sudbrook Moor were privileged to host the Lincolnshire Union of Golf Clubs’ Team Championship for Nine-hole Golf Clubs on Sunday.
Selection had been made for the home team of four as an accolade for the past 10 months’ qualifying scores in the running Order of Merit, The Sword of Achievement. The sun shone all day for the team comprising the 2015 gents’ champion Martin Corby, Phil Hall, Andy Newman and Steve Davis.
As 2014 Nine-hole Golf Club champions, Sudbrook Moor met with Boston’s Kirton Holme, Lincoln’s Pottergate, RAF Waddington and Sutton Bridge Golf Clubs, looking for its sixth victory in the 15-year history of the Rita Hurst Salver.
In stableford format, with three of the four scores to count, the championship title went to RAF Waddington for their second time, having won it at Sudbrook Moor in 2013. Three points adrift were Sudbrook Moor who were presented with silver medals. Pottergate were third.
There were two medals for best individual scorecards, with RAF Waddington winning both, and Martin Corby’s 36 stableford points losing on a back nine countback for third place.
l Sudbrook seniors played their scheduled monthly mixed Texas Scramble Medal on one of those unlucky September wet days.
Undeterred by the conditions, the winning team of John Costall, Dennis Green and Barry Kay recorded a fabulous score of eight shots under par. The second best card was returned by John Chatburn, with brand new member Peter Falat and Tony Hall, less than a shot adrift. In third spot were Ted-John Johnson, Clive Watson and Rod Edwards.
Stoke Rochford Seniors Trophy competition consisted of the best three stableford scores from six rounds played monthly throughout the summer.
This year’s winner Barry Mitchell raced through the field on the last round to score 41 points and take the title by two points.
Standings: 1 Barry Mitchell 113, 2 Don Clements 111, 3 Richard Leverett 110.
Stoke Rochford 6½
Mike Nixon and Cliff Mills halved, Graham Manton and Barry Mitchell won 3&2, Stephen Major and Philip Varley won 5&4, Greg Ewart and Barry Gaunt won 5&4, Brian Keightley and Tim Haward halved, Eddie Plant and Roland Slack halved, Keith Dugmore and Trevor Harvey won 1 up, Mike Dickinson and Don Werner won 7&6.
Last Thursday’s hard fought match at Stoke Rochford was much closer than the 5-1 losing score suggests, with four of the games decided on the last hole.
There were outstanding performances from Stoke’s Own McHugh and Jeff Purdy, who has won the Lincolnshire County Singles title twice.
Belton Park club captain Tony Nickson thanked his Stoke counterpart Andy Edwards for the warm welcome and excellent meal after the match.
Stoke Rochford 5
Belton Park 1
Belton Park names first – Tony Nickson and Steve Mitchell lost to Andy Edwards and Owen McHugh 3&1, Tony Davies and Keith Smith lost to Garry Skerritt and Jeff Purdy 1 down, John Taylor and Dick Short lost to Don Werner and Eddy Malloy 1 down, John Cooke and Colin Mason lost to John Senescal and Trevor Harvey 3&2, Ben Bayliss and Bob Rogers lost to Larry Larsen and Kevin Jones 2&1, Richard Claxton and Martin Clarke beat Darrell Knight and Charles Donnison 1 up.