Week ten of the Winter Order of Merit held just before Christmas was a bit of a wash out. Everybody started but due to torrential rain and high winds affecting Rutland and beyond, organiser Neil Harris decided to make it a nine hole roll up instead. With no points on offer this meant that the Copley brothers, Ian and Dave still led the table over Christmas.
Week eleven was also very windy but at least everybody started in dry conditions. When the rain did arrive the lead group had only four holes of it, the last group however had it as a companion from hole seven. With the worst of the weather to contend with it was surprising that the top three came from this group. Nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson, ten handicapper Peter Bagshaw and Adam “Bassett” Clegg off four all had nineteen points on the front nine and after fifteen they were still tied. Paul who had been playing very steady golf up to then had his first bad hole when he double bogied the sixteenth to drop behind the other two. Adam had a good par save but Peter excelled by chipping in for a birdie to take the lead in the group. Peter ended up in the fifteen foot deep green side bunker on the seventeenth with his second shot and managed to get a five out of it, Adam parred it so for the pair of them it was all down to the last hole. The pair parred that too but Paul did one better, he birdied it.
Paul came third overall with thirty six points and was docked point five. Peter and Adam came in with thirty eight and were separated on count back, Peter took second place and lost a shot off his handicap. Adam took the win and lost two shots, he will play off two in week twelve, he also became the tenth winner of the series so far.
The top twenty have all had shots taken off them apart from Wayne Terrett who is climbing steadily up the leader board and sits in eighth place. Adam, who won last year’s competition, moves up from fourth place to lead the series with a hundred and fifty one. Last week’s leader Ian Copley dropped into second place only four points behind, Dave Copley is now third and sits a further seven points behind. Paul Jenkinson with a hundred and twenty eight moves into fourth and Paul Clegg who didn’t play due to family commitments, drops a place to fifth some twenty nine points behind his son Adam. The biggest jump of the week came from Peter Bagshaw who moves from twenty third to seventh.
In the following pack eighteen points covers sixth to twentieth position so anybody who can string two or three good weeks together can change the face of the overall table completely.