Fifteen-year-old Scott Griffiths put it all together to beat the men’s field outright in February’s Sudbrook Moor monthly qualifying day.
Although a mix of snow and rain fell throughout the playing hours, a scorecard of 42 points was four better than the day’s CSS, and Scott’s delight with the achievements of the stableford have fired him up yet more.
For a day’s work, it spelt out success on many levels; a margin of four better than his nearest rival and the only gent to receive a handicap reduction. This is the first adjustment of Scott’s career from 28 to 26.4 and yielded the day’s top Order of Merit points to launch him into equal 12th place in the annual award – The Sword.
Seventy-seven players have put in scores in the 2017 Sword event and, after three months’ input, 47 have accumulated points. Four handicap Martin Corby, following his overall fifth place on the day, retained the lead with 59 Order of Merit points from Simon Green on 43, Phil Hall (40) and Dave Sharples (38), all of whom have moved up to overtake Steve Davis, who remains on 37.
Best lady, on 27, is Sue Watson who has added points on two out of three appearances, from Amanda Edwards who is fresh in with 25 points.
Amanda Edwards won the ladies’ section of the mixed field, with a 42 point stableford score matching that of gents’ winner Scott. On the front nine holes, Amanda notched up 23 points and, keeping her head, returned with a further 19. Amanda’s handicap moved from 35 down to 32.6, making light of any theory that winter scoring is difficult. Sue Watson finished as runner-up.
Seven-year-old Daniel Agapito gets on with the job, regardless of inclement playing conditions, and won the High Handicap Junior prize, off his 33 handicap.
In Division One to Three, which includes gents’ handicaps up to 20, the share out of prizes went to Andrew Dolby, Euan Burridge and Malcolm Edwards, all of whom returned 38 points. Martin Corby scored 37 points.
In Division Four, Gary Benbow, who says he does not play good winter golf, was best return on 35. Steve Squires was there again in second, with Steve Martin and Martin Whistler in a three-way count-back.
The mixed Winter Eclectic also features in the whole set of results, and Michael Coupland hangs on to lead position in Division One to Three, but overall best position continues to be held by Division Four player Chris Wilmot who enjoys a two shot lead. Andy Newman, Paul McCarthy, Simon Green, Andrew Green, Paul Burrell, John McLaren and Keith Moore are all a fraction behind after the fourth of the six month season.
Last week’s Stoke Rochford Seniors Winter Warmer competition was a ‘Waltzer’.
Winners with 78 points were Mike Palmer, Tim Haward and Malcolm Edwards. Runners-up with 77 points were Ron Kent, Ernie Armstrong and Ray Beal, whilst third on 76 were Dave Wilkins and Wilf Stephenson with Gareth Hughes, their sleeping partner.
In this winter long multi-round competition, players are awarded five points for the best score, down to one point for playing.
It was a strange week because only two players in the top 25 in the overall table before play scored more than one point. They were David Hamilton, the leader, who scored two to increase his lead, and Roger Green who earned three points for manning the halfway house with Adrian Stannard.
The overall leader is David Hamilton with 36 points, whilst Brian Keightley, John Wright and Brian Nightingale each have 31 points.
The Slack Goblet is for the player with the most single points. Dave Waling has 11, Nev Marris 10, and Alan Dolby, Phil White and Graham Manton have nine apiece.
With weather permitting, six rounds remain to be played.