Early birdies help Stewart to victory at Wellingborough

Stewart Robertson shot the leading mark in the April Midweek Stableford at Wellingborough
Stewart Robertson shot the leading mark in the April Midweek Stableford at Wellingborough
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Three birdies in the opening half a dozen holes helped Stewart Robertson shoot the leading mark of 41 points in the April Midweek Stableford at Wellingborough as John Bunyan and Joe Griffiths finished one off the pace.

The April Sunday Stableford witnessed exactly the same scoring pattern at the top of the leaderboard as Dominic Driscoll held off the challenge of Tom Cheevers and Richard Walmsley.

John Watts and Richard Munns were both in excellent form during the latest Friday Evening Golf Competition as they shot the joint-best score of 22 points over nine holes.

Stoke Albany

Nick Wallis was successful in the Easter Monday Stableford as a tally of 40 points pushed him one clear of Steve Donald, with Russ Wildman (38) in third on countback.

Gary Wood and Alex MacPherson carded the leading score of 44 points over the festive period to win the Easter Pairs Competition by one. Adrian Duffin and Dave Driver collected second prize on countback.

Matthew King and Anthony Mackin both received substantial handicap cuts after finishing first and second in the Late April Stableford with superb totals of 47 and 45 points respectively. Graham Eadie won the top section with 40.

Oundle

Countback helped Luke Wyatt and Richard Moore get the better of former club captain Denis Price and Charles Underwood in the Easter Sunday Competition after both carded the leading score of 44 points.

It was almost as tight in the Fourball Competition the previous day as Jim Brooks and Christopher Hankins (43) edged one point ahead of Nigel Moore and Richard Moore.

Embankment

Seven net birdies and a net eagle on the penultimate hole were on the winning scorecard of Darren Aitken in the monthly medal as the 26-handicapper compiled a brilliant net 50.

Neil Mellows (53) won the middle section by five strokes, while Scott Brown (56) edged one clear of Neil Carter in the top category.

Overstone Park

Thirty eight points was a popular winning score in recent competitions as Charles Hankins, Julie Stapleton and Jim Cudmore all claimed the top prize in separate events with that mark.

High-handicapper Hankins parred five holes in a seven-hole stretch around the turn to take the Easter Egg White Tee Stableford by one from Lewis Hill, while Stapleton clinched the ladies prize with ease.

Cudmore’s victory came in the Seniors Yellow Tee Stableford as he nudged a single point clear of Colin Humphries, Ivan Roy, David Griffiths, Stuart Manson and Terry Goffey.

Cold Ashby

Fraser Carnihan and Adam Smith set up a meeting with Graham Bott and Mark Conway in the Winter League final after beating Glenn Bass and Adrian Todd on the first extra hole in their last four tie.

Peterborough Milton

Alex Salam saw his handicap cut to four after winning the April Midweek Medal by one shot from Josh Scimeca and Trevor Bradshaw (both net 70).

Rob Kitchen clinched the second division with a net 70, while Mark Lamb beat Adam Long (73) on countback in the high-handicap category.

Handicap League

Group C

Northampton had few problems overturning an early deficit at home to Silverstone as they recorded a convincing 26-2 victory in the opening Group C match of the season.

With Mel Toms and Les Bone winning the first game by two holes and Alan Roderick and Stephen Skinner only going down by a single hole in the second tie, Silverstone started strongly.

But it all went wrong for the visitors as Northampton’s Tom Philbin and Ross Garlick secured a five hole victory before Duncan Foster and Pete Beeby romped to a nine hole win in game four.

The hosts maintained their form in the remaining two ties as Lee Van Hoof and Ramsay Wilson triumphed by six holes, before Spencer Sturges and Adrian Nice (five holes) wrapped up a big win.

Group D

Cherwell Edge made it a double success against Delapre this season as they made it two wins out of two against their Group D opponents with a 12-0 home victory.

Despite winning 14-4 at Delapre the previous weekend, Cherwell made a tentative start on their home patch as they took all the opening three games by just a single hole.

Steven Davis and Joe Twynham made it 5-0 with victory in game four, before Santi Perez and Nigel Riddle ended any realistic hopes of a Delapre win as they doubled the advantage with a convincing success.

James Davies and Duncan Bidwell completed the home scoring with a two hole win in the final tie as last season’s semi-finalists made the perfect start to the new campaign.