Nine handicapper and former professional cricketer Neil Lowndes had his very first hole in one while playing in the Seniors’ Winter League on Monday. On the par 3 6th on the Lakes, Neil took a wedge for the 135 yard shot over the newly revamped and much bigger lake, the ball took one bounce then popped straight into the hole. Neil said that he had come very close on a number of occasions but no cigar. He was very happy to buy everybody a drink and looks forward to receiving his Hugo Boss watch courtesy of Hugo Boss and the How Did I Do website for the feat.
Round five of the Winter Order of Merit got off to a rather chilly start on Sunday – with a cold wind coming in from the north it was certainly time for the 36 players
to don the old woolly hats and warm sweaters. Seven handicapper Steff Dutton, who has been struggling with his driving recently after suffering for over a year with shoulder pains, had a fantastic day on the fairways, missing only two of them. Steff, who is a Second Team regular, has a superb short game that he was able to use to great advantage. He recorded three sandy pars as well as getting out of a tricky situation to par a hole on several other occasions. He teed off in the first group and didn’t think that his 40 points would be anywhere near good enough to win so was very pleased to take his first one of the series. He said that it was the best that he has driven all year, he had two shots taken off his handicap and will play off five in the next game.Previous series’ winner Adam Clegg off five was one shot behind in second place, he was docked a shot and will play off four on Saturday. Ian Copley took third place on countback with 38 points and was docked point five, he will play off twelve next time. Three others, four handicapper Nick Cunnington, President elect John Sparks and Kevin Hingle off twelve also scored 38 and were awarded joint fourth place. Birthday boy George Grant was a further shot back on 37 points.
Adrian Cunningham holds an 18 point lead at the top of the Order of Merit table over defending champion Steve Anderson. Kevin Hingle replaces Fred Aspin in third place and Fred drops to fourth. Week five winner Stef Dutton gained ground on the leaders and moves from twenty second to fifth, Ian Copley rose six spots to sixth in the table. Adam Clegg had the biggest climb of the weekend, he moved from thirty fifth to fifteenth place. The competition is bubbling along quite nicely now and we can expect even more changes next week, when players who had been playing in the alternative winter league return for the next round.
Vice Captain in waiting Fred Aspin won the Seniors’ Irons Only competition. He struggled in the front nine registering only 12 points but came good on the back nine with 22; Neil Lowndes was second just one shot behind. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Steve Taylor took third demoting Bernard Bell to fourth place after they both scored 32 points.