GOLF: White brothers first and second in final Winter Warmer

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Seniors’ section

Stoke Rochford seniors completed the 13th and final round of the Winter Warmers series, in which 75 players competed.

Seniors captain Mick Rance presented the first prize to Brian White who triumphed with 35 points. Runner-up was Brian’s brother Phil with 33 and Bryan Ayto (30) was third.

Mike Nixon was fourth on 28, Phil Varley fifth with 28, and Ron Kent (27) sixth on countback. Richard Leverett was presented with the Slack Goblet for the most single points.

The White brothers have dominated Stoke seniors’ winter scene as, in addition to this series, Phil won the Walker Cup Christmas competition. They are still due to meet in the final of the Seniors Winter League play-offs, Brian paired with Eddie Plant against Phil partnered by Ken Taylor.


Stoke Rochford seniors Winter Warmers winner Brian White (left) with brother and runner-up Phil White.

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Forty-five points was enough to see Harry Nicholls comfortably win the April Midweek Stableford competition.

Harry, who has now seen his handicap tumble to 19, finished three points ahead of second placed Jim Price, and five ahead of Rory Croft.

Nick Watson fired seven birdies, including four in a row between the seventh and 10th holes, to win the gross prize with 39 points. His handicap is now an incredible -2.4.

l Matt Allan finished six shots clear of the field as he took first place in the Roberts Cup on a day when many players struggled with the windy conditions.

Matt shot 93, playing off a handicap of 28, for a five under par total of 65. As a result, his handicap was cut by four shots and he now plays off 24. Second place went to Brian Stubley (90-19=71) with Keith Eldrid finishing third with net 72.

l In the Wright Cup, Niall Doubleday emerged as the winner after a solid round of 85, playing off a handicap of 17, gave him a two-shot victory with net 68.

Tom and Jack Greenfield finished second and third respectively with net 70s. The prize for the lowest gross score was picked up by Steve Cullington who hit 76.


C Team

Stoke Rochford 2

Belton Park 4

Belton Park names first – Tony Davies and David Capindale beat Martin Bellamy and Andy Edwards 2&1, Simon Denton and Keith Smith halved with Andrew Tildesley and Ben Boot, Martin Clarke and Ross Denton beat Ian Dobson and Don Werner 4&2, Dick Short and Martin Kelby halved with Richard Baker and Paul Verner, Paul Woods and Stewart Boylan beat Bob Bennett and Ken Taylor 1 up, Colin Walton and John Cooke lost to Adam Footitt and Brian White.

Seniors’ section

Blankney 6½

Belton Park 2½

Bill Brogan and Tony Noble halved, Ian Saunders and Willie Badraun lost 1 down, Peter Hawkins and Nick Craft losts 4&3, John Alsbury and Shaun Boney lost 2&1, Keith Ball and Dave Martin lost 3&2, Ray Shore and Brian Mole halved, Alan Addis and Peter Rollings won 5&4, Andrew Cookson and Colin Farriington lost 4&2, Barry Stainton and Rick Alsbury halved.

Belton Park 7

Boston 3

Peter Brooks and Peter Rollings won 5&4, Bill Brogan and Alan Addis lost 3&2, Nick Craft and Michael Goodacre won 6&4, Manny Barker and Paul Skelton won 2&1, Barrie Stainton and Dave Martin won 3&2, John Thompson and Tony Robinson won 4&3, Terry Bond and Keith Ball won 1 up, Brian Mole and Fred Williams won 3&2, John Carey and Willie Badraun lost 1 down, Peter Hawkins and Derek Loosemore lost 2&1.


Belton Woods ladies’ pairing Heidi Rees and Nikki Mason go forward to the third round of the Daily Mail Foursomes after they won 6&4 at Newark.

l The Sunday Stableford was played on the par 73 Woods course, with CSS 75.

Division One was won by John Harrison with a score of 33. Runner-up was Jon Todd with 32 on countback from Master Jonathan Stapleton.

Chris Frugneit triumphed in Division Two with a score of 36, one ahead of Andrew Clark in second. In third place with a score of 33 was Jim Seedhouse.


The Slee Putter Trophy was won by Andy Casswell with a three under CSS return off a 25 handicap. His handicap was cut to 23.

Back-to-back victories in their sections came for Fiona Hutton and junior Joseph Ablewhite. In Category 4 of the gents’, Craig Machin was runner-up from Andy, followed by Andy Newman and Clive Breedon.

Kev Jones was best of Category 1-3, along with Rob Jameson, and then a shared place for Bob Watson, Michael Coupland, Graham Ritchie and Jeff Ward. Ladies’ runner-up was Yvonne Geach. The twos sweep was shared by Nigel Corby (2) and Graham Ritchie.