GOLF: Trio triumph in Stoke Rochford ‘winter warmer’

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Stoke Rochford seniors’ Winter Warmer was a yellow ball competition and attracted 54 players.

Drawn in teams of three with the yellow ball and best of the other two to count, they faced the added penalty of being deducted five points if they lost the yellow ball. Four teams did lose their yellow ball at some stage but there were no penalties among the leading groups.

Winners with 78 points on countback were Jim Price, Les Cooper and Don Clements. Runners-up were Phil Hewes, Mike Nixon and Peter Gill, with Brian Ayto, Richard Marshall and Roland Slack third on 77.

Club captain Peter Gill’s contribution to his team effort included six pars and two birdies, despite arriving at the club without his clubs and his trolley battery. But he borrowed some clubs from the club professional and helped his team to second place.

After 10 of the 20 scheduled rounds, Brian Ayto has taken the overall lead with 29 points. Greg Ewart and Phil White share second place on 28 with Alan Dolby fourth on 25.


The new year started very successfuly for newcomer to Sudbrook Moor ladies’ section Margaret Miller.

She won the Tuesday ladies’ stableford with a good scorecard of 34 points, on countback from Pam Cox.

l Both Rodney Wilson and David Leslie have won January roll-up stablefords, and runners-up prizes have gone to Harry Cutmore, John Morley, Dennis Clay and Pete Farmer.

In the two sweeps, the dividends were shared between Graham Mackinder, Bob Watson, John Came, Dave Guy, John Costall, Colin Henfrey and David Leslie.

Both David Leslie and Harry Cutmore enjoyed handicap reductions of 0.3, having returned 41 points apiece, with David winning on his back nine score of 20 points.

l In the January Junior Intermediate Medal, the best scorecard was from Jack Williams and Alex Doig, with Stuart Smith and Joseph Ablewhite in second.