Stoke Rochford Golf Club seniors mark inaugural match

Joe Lindley (centre) with winners, from left, Peter Smith (Radcliffe), Mike Nixon (Stoke), Graham Manton (Stoke), B. Whitchurch (Radcliffe) EMN-160706-153254002

Joe Lindley (centre) with winners, from left, Peter Smith (Radcliffe), Mike Nixon (Stoke), Graham Manton (Stoke), B. Whitchurch (Radcliffe) EMN-160706-153254002

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Stoke Rochford Golf Club seniors marked the 30th anniversary of their first-ever match with a special tournament with their first opponents, Radcliffe-on-Trent.

A field of 72 golfers played an am-am competition in teams of four, two pairs from each club, including Stoke club captain Jeff Purdy.

Radcliffe seniors captain Steve Bostock (right) presents the 'Friendship' Salver to his opposite Stoke Rochfpord number, Graham Manton EMN-160706-153240002

Radcliffe seniors captain Steve Bostock (right) presents the 'Friendship' Salver to his opposite Stoke Rochfpord number, Graham Manton EMN-160706-153240002

The three leading teams all finished with 88 points in a close contest.

Stoke’s seniors captain Graham Manton and Mike Nixon, playing with Radcliffe’s Peter Smith and B. Whitchurch won on countback from runners-up Brian Ayto, Mike Graves, J. Jewitt and S. Balodis, and third-placed Steve Major, Charles Scott, G. McKellar and E. Maxwell.

The £50 prize for nearest-the-pin at the 12th went to Stoke’s Gary Skerritt.

Prizes were presented by 88-year-old Joe Lindley, the only surviving member of the Stoke team who played in that first match. Joe still regularly plays a few holes.

The day was completed by Radcliffe presenting Stoke with an engraved ‘Friendship’ salver to mark the occasion and to be competed for in future matches between the clubs.