Niall makes it a double win at Stoke

Niall Doubleday won his second competition in as many weeks with 43 points in the April Saturday Stableford at Stoke Rochford.

A birdie at the final hole was enough to see him finish with 43 points, two ahead of Nathan Hitchcock, and four clear of third place Robin Harris with 39.

Niall, who was playing off a handicap of 17 just a week ago, has now been cut by four shots to 13.

Fresh from his third place finish in the Saturday Stableford, Harris carried his good form into the Rickard Cup the following day, with a one over par round of 71. Playing off a four handicap, his net score of 67 was enough to see off the challenge of Marcus West, Glen Barlow and Colin Doughty who all finished a shot further back on 68.

Stoke Rochford’s mixed team got off to a flying start in the first match of the season, against Peterborough Milton, at home on a dry but very windy day.

The team, led by club captain Peter Gill and lady captain Marion Carvath, won 4&2. The best result in the 8-0 victory Tim Haward and Roni Proctor’s 7&5.

The Stoke Rochford C team had two matches in quick succession with mixed success.

First up was a home tie with Belton Park which saw the visitors take away a 4-2 victory. Adam Footitt and Brian White the only pairing to secure a win, the other point coming from two halved matches.

Another home tie followed just a few days later, with Stoke Rochford beating Melton Mowbray 3½-2½. Brian White and Trevor Harvey made light work of their match, winning 5&4, Bert Tregidgo and Paul Verner won 2&1, and Bob Bennett and Jack Greenfield secured a narrow 1up victory.