Golf weekly: Stoker in red hot form at Doncaster

JIM Stoker, aged 86, won Doncaster Golf Club’s Saturday Niblicks Stableford with an excellent 42 points, writes John Molloy.

Tony Andrew finished second on countback, while John Naylor came third with 40 points.

Andrew did better the following morning by winning the Sunday Niblicks Stableford with 39 points.

A little way behind and separated by countback came Kevin McGarry and Matt Brearley each managing 35 points.

The Monday Stableford went to Tony Wesley with 40 points ahead of George Lacey (38) and Andy Walker (37).

Sharing third place in a four-way tie on 36 points were Peter Baines, Andre Lubeck, Kevin Coleman and Dean Jones.

Among seven players locked together on 35 points was Bill Worsfold who achieved a hole-in-one on the par three 17th hole.

The ladies were very active with two stableford competitions in the week.

The Monday Stableford saw Jill McGarvie and Sue Harbon both return 30 points with the former taking first place on countback, while third place went to Sue Salmon (19).

The nine-hole Wednesday Stableford resulted in a three-way tie on 20 points.

Greta Curtis took first place on countback from Jill McGarvie and Sue Harbon. In fourth place was Maria Clark (19) with Barbara Petch and Rosalie Haywood sharing fifth place with 18 points.

There was a remarkable outcome in the sixth round of the Junior League with Jacob Causier, who scored 51, heading the field by an unprecedented 14 points.

Sharing second place were brothers Connor and Shane Longworth followed by another pair of brothers Luke Gregory (35) and Jack Gregory (30).

Thornhurst Park’s Saturday Medal saw a comfortable win for Kevin Phillipson with a net 67. Second was John Selby with 71 and third was Norman Collier on 72.

Selby had more success in the Sunday Stableford with his winning return of 39 points. Close behind was Roy Maskerry with 38 points while third place went to Neil Roberts (34).

Doncaster Town Moor’s Saturday Stableford was a very tight affair. Countback was needed to separate Mickey Shinn, who won, and Steve Arnold in second place, both returning 40 points. One point behind in third place was Ian Siddle.

The Sunday Betterball Stableford was even tighter with the first three pairs all carding 42 points.

Eventually Steven Barker and John Eccles were declared the winners with Terry Taylor and John Nichol second and Ian Smith and George Milne third.