Carol keeps her winning ways

Sherwood seniors

Former Curtis Cup player Carol Gibbs showed she’s kept her winning ways when she topped the women’s leaderboards in the England Golf Senior Midlands tournament at Sherwood Forest Golf Club.

Gibbs, from Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, had the best scores in both the handicap and scratch competitions, returning 66 and 62 points respectively.

The men’s handicap winner was Michael Howell of York Golf Club who had 70 points from the two rounds; while Steve Cullington of Stoke Rochford, Lincolnshire, was the men’s scratch winner with 57 points.

Gibbs played in the Curtis Cup team of 1974, was the English and British girls’ champion, an England international in the 70s – and still plays off two. “I’m definitely still keen to win, even if it doesn’t matter quite as much!” she said.

She had a net score of 33 points in both rounds and was one off the pace after the first 18. But in the second round she was sure she’d dropped away. “I only had one point on each of the last four holes and when I came in I thought I’d really blown it, but I still managed to win.”

Two points behind her in the handicap event were Sue Hatton (Beau Desert) who took the handicap prize when Gibbs topped both leaderboards; Mary MacLaren (Wellingborough) and Andrea Stockdale (Sherwood Forest); while Amanda Mayne (Saltford) was runner-up in the scratch.

In the men’s handicap event, Michael Howell jumped 19 places up the leaderboard with his second round 39. It included three birdies, among them a near miss for a hole-in-one on the short 7th, where the ball ran round the cup before settling inches away.

Howell has played in a number of these events, including one at York Golf Club two years ago when he was captain, and he said: “I enjoy them, they’re good fun. People enjoy the golf, we play some nice courses, it’s good humoured and a pleasure.”

The handicap runner-up was Jim Butler (Kirbymoorside) on 69, and third place went to Nigel Jennings (Blackmoor) on 67.

Steve Cullington also made a significant move up the leaderboard in the scratch event with his second round of gross 31 points, for a total of 57.

Crucially, he signed off with a birdie three on the 18th, for three points, which edged him a point ahead of the runner-up, John Cox (Kirtlington) who bogeyed the last.

Caption, from left: Ladies’ captain Sue Taylor, Steve Cullington; Sue Hatton, chief referee Maureen Clarke, club captain Colin Barnard, Carol Gibbs and Michael Howell