Mark sweeps to victory on opening day of season

From left, Rick Collins, Dave Waddell, Rod Goss, Kev Moxham, Dave Champion, Pete Woolley, Ian Dimbleby and Dave Rippin
From left, Rick Collins, Dave Waddell, Rod Goss, Kev Moxham, Dave Champion, Pete Woolley, Ian Dimbleby and Dave Rippin

Mark Durno swept round the Rutland County course to claim the club’s first major of the year, the Munton Cup, at the weekend.

In perfect scoring conditions 13-handicapper Durno built on his recent good form to win the competition.

He breezed round the front nine in two under gross and followed up with a tenacious 18 Stableford points on the inward nine to claim the title with a final score of 13.

Durno was rewarded with a two stroke handicap reduction and will be one to watch as the season progresses.

Back nine specialist John Peyser came in second with a score of 15. He was followed by promising junior Ollie Huxley on 16 who moves back to 5.4 and category one status.

Arsenal fan Craig Allan at last had something to smile about winning the 2s competition along with Pete Maksymiw.

The Munton Cup was immediately followed by the Captains’ Drive-in and Kevin Moxham fired a textbook tee-shot straight down the middle of the 1st fairway.

The drive measured a healthy 230 yards - much to the delight of Chris Palmer, who guessed the length of the shot correctly and won a bottle of single malt to the delight of his father.

Moxham lead his B team troops to a stirring 4½-1½ away win in their opening fixture of the season - against Stoke Albany.

Veteran Gerry McIntyre partnered Chris Bower to County’s only loss of the day by 3&2. Andy Vernon and Cliff Knapp scraped a half with Chris Palmer and Dave Rippin securing a 2up win. Skipper Kev Moxham and Ollie Huxley won 4&3 with Martyn Gatehouse and Mark Durno registering the biggest win of the day, a 5&4 victory.

Roger Overton’s C team put up a valiant performance at Belton Park where they narrowly lost 3½-2½.

Castle Bytham golfers Jordan Paylor and Pete Siciliano combined well to win 4&3. Ian Dimbleby and John Chatburn and Chris Palmer and Gerry McIntyre returned halves, as did Kev Moxham and Andy Vernon with Vernon slotting a monster putt on the final hole.

Roger Overton will hope for better things. He and Cliff Knapp lost 3&2, Dave Rippin and Dave Whitehead lost 3&1.

Stoke Rochford

There was a thrilling finish to April’s Monthly Medal at Stoke Rochford Golf Club.

A birdie at the final hole was enough to see Philip S White win the match, which doubled as the PGA pro-am qualifier.

On a day when the sunshine finally started to reappear after an extended winter break, Philip, playing off a handicap of 11, shot a gross score of 77 to finish on net 66 – four under par.

He was joined on that score by fellow competitors Mike Nixon and Paul Verner, but scooped the top prize thanks to a stronger finish than his rivals.

The lowest gross score of the day went to Glen Barlow who shot 75.