Golf round-up: New Cold Ashby skipper Kerr enjoys winning start

Cold Ashby captains Iain Kerr and Jayne Neale were both in the prizes in the January Medal, making a winning double to their years in the roles
Cold Ashby captains Iain Kerr and Jayne Neale were both in the prizes in the January Medal, making a winning double to their years in the roles

Iain Kerr wasted no time in securing his first victory since taking over as the new Cold Ashby club captain after he posted the best round in the January Medal.

Just one week after hitting his first drive, Kerr shot a superb score of net 64 in wet and windy conditions to hold off a late charge from 21-handicapper Steve Walpole (65).

In a good sized field, second division pacesetter David Durban took third on 67.

Ladies captain Jayne Neale almost made it a winning double for the new club skippers but she had to settle for second behind Sally Hill (net 74) in the Ladies January Medal.

Kingsthorpe

Mark Todkill and Daniel Letts are the first pairing through to the quarter finals of the Winter League after recording five wins out of five matches in Group 5.

Mark Fowkes and James Armson could shortly be set to join them in the last eight as they lead the way in Group 3 with four victories from four outings.

With the six group winners, plus the best two runners-up, progressing into the knockout stages, unbeaten duo Mark Lineham and Bob Sanderson remain in a strong position in Group 3. The other sections still have a number of outstanding matches.

Collingtree

Eight net birdies in the opening 10 holes were the catalyst for Kevin Powell in the January Winter Stableford as the mid-handicapper took the honours with 40 points.

Neil Horner (39) finished runner-up by two points from Roo Smith, David Messom, Neil Abery, Barry Stonhill and Paul Dimmock.

Northants County

Just one point separated the leading five teams in the January Foursomes as Ross Mason and John McPhee edged out Danny Roberts and Paul Harris on countback with 34 points.

Richard Bailey and Chris Winters (33) finished third ahead of Malcolm Watkins and Leigh Moss, with Mark Goodwin and Chris Gammage in fifth.

Overstone Park

Dennis Britten parred the closing three holes in the January Midweek Stableford to snatch a one point victory from four players.

The 26-handicapper squeezed in front of top division pacesetter George Marston, Paul Tustian, Gary Wild and Taylor Sargeant. Brothers Jason Cockerill and Wayne Cockerill both enjoyed success in the January Yellow Tee Weekend Stableford as they won the second and third division prizes with 40 and 42 points respectively.

Gerrard Westby (41) birdied the 14th, 16th and 18th holes to clinch the top category ahead of Decklyn Cooke, while Gill Hodgson was the leading lady.

Staverton

Allen Halliday was a model of consistency in the Vets January Stableford as the 11-handicapper bagged a winning score of 37 points. Charles Smedley (34) finished second by one point from Mike Milam and Brian Coleman.

Northampton

Liz Mulliner and Susan Potter found a winning touch on the putting surfaces as they clinched the Ladies Greensomes after grabbing 19 points over nine holes.

A single point behind n second spot was Patricia Dare and Susan Kreft on countback from Jean Bulteel and Lis Inwood.

Whittlebury

One point was the margin of victory in the fifth round of the Ladies Winter League as Christina Hancock and Michelle Watson (32) edged out Rayner Edwards and Tracey Heavey.