Sudbrook Moor seniors’ captain Graham Mackinder hosted an away day for his section of the club, playing a very convivial social round of golf, with supper, in an individual stableford format on a bright and breezy spring day at Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club.
The course was challenging, but coming on form with an excellent steady scorecard was club treasurer Colin Henfrey who won top spot.
Four points behind, three players were part of a countback to separate second and third prizes. Alfie Kent clinched the runners-up position by one point from Pete Armstrong. Joe Green missed out, slipping into fourth place.
There was an alternative reward for the best front nine hole score returned by Joe Green, while the back nine prize winner was John Chatburn. Spot prizes on par threes gave two prizes for nearest the flags, and Bryan Heydinger and Harry Cruickshank played impressively accurate tee shots.
There were hidden teams of three and prizes went for top aggregate points of 93 to Joe Green, Dave Guy and John Chatburn. Dave Leslie, Mick Massingham and Judith Hutton finished second on 82. There were no twos recorded and so the proceeds were shared as part of the overall prize pot.
Consistent Joe Green returned the best score of last Thursday’s stableford roll-up, playing in the monthly Seniors’ Super Stableford.
As the first event of the summer six month eclectic as well, Joe now leads that running Order of Merit. Joe’s handicap reducing 38 points, played from the Championship tees, was three better than runner-up John Chatburn, and sees Joe playing off 23.5 after the only sub-CSS round of the day.
Division Four lead scores were returned by John Morley on 34 on countback from Steve Squires.
Senior handicap secretary Dave Guy, who plays off 17, recorded his first ace. Dave holed his tee shot on the seventh hole, the par three measuring 141 yards, and won the entire two sweep.
Dave will be presented with a club memento and will be joining the National Hole in One Club.
The first Stoke Rochford seniors’ match of the new season was away against Market Harborough, to whom they narrowly lost 4½-3½ last Wednesday.
The best Stoke Rochford performance was by the outstanding pair of Phil White and Ken Taylor who came home 9&8.
Congratulations go to Graham Manton on his first match as seniors’ captain.
Results: Graham Manton and Brian Keightley halved, Eddie Plant and Mike Graves lost 5&4, David Hamilton and Eddie Malloy won 4&3, John Wright and Brian White lost 2&1, Tim Haward and Philip Varley lost 4&3, Trevor Harvey and Adrian Stannard won 4&3, Mike Dickinson and Mike Nixon lost 3&2, Ken Taylor and Phil White won 9&8.
Belton Woods played hosts to Canwick Golf Club in a mixed pairs friendly game on Sunday.
The fixture is an annual event, which has led to many good friend ships being formed, and is played both home and away during the spring and summer months
The matchplay format, which was played on the Lakes course in cool and blustery conditions, made for some great games of golf.
When golf clubs were put away and competitors suitably fed and watered after a carvery meal, the results were announced with Belton Woods triumphing 6½-1½.
Belton Woods will swap the testing Lakes course to play the very hilly and undulating course at Lincoln in October when they will to try and defend their title.
In a tough match at Radcliffe, the game went down to the final pairings, with Belton Woods’ Colin Thornton and Les Vine claiming the deciding win.
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Colin Musson and Gary Waterfield won 3-2, Ray Woodcock and Mike Whitington lost 1-0, Pat Stanford and John Sabin won 3-2, Alan Lowen and Mike Gulliford lost 2-1, Dave Toule and John Williams lost 4-2, Pete Stephenson and Ian Nisbet won 2-1, George Forbes and Neil Hoyle won 5-3, Colin Thornton and Les Vine won 3-2.
Competitions: Marshall’s Monthly Medal – 1 Colin Thornton net 69, 2 Bob Privett 70, 3 Mike Whitington 71, 4 Neil Hoyle 76 ocb, 5 Tin Win 76, 6 George Forbes 77 ocb, 7 Roy Adlard 77, 8 Dave Dexter 78 ocb, 9 Roger Hanratty 78, 10 Pat Stanford 79.