Monthly Archives: February 2014

Darren wins Order of Merit round 17 after advice from Paul

Darren HaughtonThe heavy winds that have been with us for what seems ages were once again a feature for round 17 of the Winter Order of Merit. Many players struggled with the uncertain level of it, one minute it was very heavy “in your face”, then for a few seconds, usually when a player is just about to hit the ball with an extra club or two, it would suddenly drop. Darren Haughton took on board the advice from last week’s winner Paul Clegg, “swing slower, use two clubs extra and forget about distance, just think about where you want to take your next shot from”. Darren, playing off ten, said that it was great advice and worked fantastically well for him.

Playing on the Lakes course, he had a couple of putts just pushed off line by the wind as they slowed to the hole but still had 18 points after the front nine. Darren scored better on the more difficult back nine, he had a birdie on the par 5 thirteenth directly into the wind as well as several pars to come home with 20 points, giving him a total of 38. Darren said that he was pleased with the way that he had played but went on to thank Paul for the advice. Thirty eight points was enough to take the win this week and means that he will play off eight in round 18 on Saturday and moves up the overall leaderboard.

President John Sparks, off fourteen,  just missed out on the top spot after scoring 37 points but said that in spite of the rough conditions, he felt that he had really played well. John loses one shot and will play off thirteen in round 18. Trevor Smith, playing off plus two, who had held the long time clubhouse lead, took third place with 35 points on count back from Ben Miles. Trevor loses point five which means that he will play off plus three next time. Chris Wheatland, Kev Hingle and Paul Jenkinson were a point behind with 34.

Adrian Cunningham still leads the overall table, he is 64 points clear of Kev Hingle with Trevor Smith just 15 points further back in third. Carl Causbrook drops to fourth place but Graham Smith remains in fifth, David Copley drops down to sixth place. John Sparks jumped up seven places to take over seventh place, Steve Anderson dropped one place to eighth. Ben Miles edges forward to ninth and Nick Cunnington who has been scoring steadily recently makes it into the top ten.

Organiser Neil Harris said that with just five rounds to go now, Adie Cunningham who has played exceptionally well this series, still has a good lead but that has been cut in recent weeks from 100 points to just over 60. The next few rounds will be a test of his nerve.

The Ladies had much better weather for their Order of Merit on Saturday. Hayley Hunt, who started the series off eighteen, kept up the pressure at the top of the table but had to be content with second place to this week’s winner Jacky Bayley. Both ladies scored 35 points but Jacky took the win on countback thanks to a better back nine. Angela Wheeler was third. Hayley who is now playing off thirteen still keeps her lead at the head of the table, Liz Haughton is second and Susie Ellis is in third.

The final round of the round robin Winter League threw up a few surprises. In group one James Abblett and Bryan Birchall lost their first match of the competition but still went forward to the quarter finals as group winners. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney also lost and Gary Moat and Adam Smith leapfrogged them to move into the quarter finals. Bill Skinner and Peter Key were unbeaten to win group two, Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch lost their last game but still go into the quarters. Trevor Smith and John Sparks were also unbeaten in group three, they go into the mix with Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith. Club Captain Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett were also unbeaten, they go forward with Bob Green and Bill Kirton. The quarter finals will be played on Sunday the second of March. Trevor Smith and John Sparks play Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch. James Abblett and Bryan Birchall take on Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith. Bill Skinner and Peter Key will play Bob Green and Bill Kirton. Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett play against Gary Moat and Adam Smith.

In round nine of the Seniors’ Winter League, new member Ian Jarvis, off eighteen, shot a fantastic 46 points which included birdies on the 13th and 14th on the Lakes course. Steve Taylor, also off eighteen, retains his lead at the head of the overall table after scoring 40 points to take second place on the day. Twenty handicapper Mel Clark took third place with 39 points.


Howling gale no match for Paul in Order of Merit

Paul CleggA howling gale welcomed the Winter Order of Merit players playing in round 16 on the Lakes course on Saturday 15th. With the greens running quick anyway, the addition of such blustery conditions made putting particularly difficult. Paul Clegg was probably the only person playing who seemed to have no problems with it all. Paul, off six, dropped just the two shots on the front nine having had back to back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes to end the front nine with 19 points. On the tougher back nine, he dropped just the one shot, this was on the par five sixteenth which was playing directly into the teeth of the gale. He finished with a magnificent total of 39 points and was the only player to break par on the day.

Paul said that there was no big secret to his success on the day, he softened his grip and took two more clubs and concentrated on making as smooth a swing as possible. Easier said than done when the wind is trying to knock you over and having to second guess the wind on every shot. Paul went on to say that he managed to keep his focus by playing positional shots instead of distance shots to plot his way around the course, this meant that he was always in a good position for the shot to the green. He was cut to four for the next round this weekend when the weather is expected to be kinder. Paul’s son Adam Clegg who is also a single figure handicapper didn’t fare as well as his father, he had to retire after four holes having injured himself during the week. Andy Webb, off seventeen, came in second with a brilliant 35 and was cut to sixteen for the next round. Nick Cunnington off three had another steady week, he like Neil Crees and Kev Hingle came in with 34 points but Nick took it on countback thanks to better scoring over the last six holes. Three players, Carl Causbrook, Darren Haughton and Graham Smith all came in with 33 points.

Adie Cunningham, who didn’t play this week, still holds a commanding lead in the overall table, he is 70 points ahead of Kev Hingle, Carl Causbrook is a further ten points behind him. David Copley, Graham Smith and Trevor Smith are bunched close together with Steve Anderson, Nick Cunnington, Fred Aspin and Peter Bagshaw completing the top ten. Fifty seven players have played in the competition so far this year; in the top thirty, only two players, Chris Wheatland and John Sparks, have yet to experience a handicap cut. Organiser Neil Harris said that this showed how difficult it is to win the competition. Neil went on to say that with six rounds left, the prize fund is looking very healthy. The top three each week share a portion of the prize fund but the rest goes into three separate funds. Some will go to the player with the best overall scores in the Saturday competitions and some for the top man in the Sunday rounds, this gives people a chance to win something even if they can only play on one of those days, the rest will be paid out to the top ten. The fund at the moment stands at £485 but if none of the rounds are cancelled due to inclement weather, Neil expects to finish with a prize fund somewhere around the £650 to £700 mark. Graham Smith, playing off two, leads the field in the Saturday rounds with a 163 points, 36 points ahead of Peter Bagshaw in second. Overall leader Adie Cunningham tops the Sunday list with 195 points, he is 70 points ahead of Dave Copley.

Hayley HuntThe Ladies played their round five Order of Merit in the same rough conditions. Ten handicapper Liz Haughton showed her class to take the win this week to move closer to the top of the leaderboard. Liz said that she was really pleased with the way that she kept her swing under control to plot her way around the course. Susie Ellis had another fine round to take second place and Hayley Hunt who started off in the competition playing off eighteen but now finds herself playing off thirteen, kept up the pressure to take third place. Hayley has a commanding overall lead with 97 points, Liz Haughton is in second place with 63.5 and Susie Ellis rounds off the top three with 53 points. There is still a long way to go yet and the weather could still play a big part in the competition.

Despite strong winds and rain, Neil Lowndes had a fantastic round in the February Seniors’ Medal. Neil, off nine, won the medal, division one and the lowest gross with a brilliant net 66. Three players were separated on count back after they all came home with a net 71. Jack Vernall, playing off his new handicap of fourteen, took second, Keith Heppenstall was third and Steve Taylor was pushed out of the money into fourth. Bob Harmes won division two with a net 70 on countback from Ian Kellam. Ian had the small consolation of taking the lowest gross in the division with an 89. Denis Watts took third place ahead of Derek Palmer, they both came in with net 72.


Adrian’s 4th win keeps top spot in Order of Merit

adrian cunninghamIn the three years that the Winter Order of Merit has been running, almost sixty rounds have been held so far. In the first two years, only two people managed to win more than one round in either of the two years. In the 2013/14 season and after just thirteen rounds, Melton Mowbray’s Adrian Cunningham has already had three wins. The weather was cold and windy but mercifully, dry for round fourteen on Saturday, Adrian took full advantage of it to register yet another win. He finished just one point ahead of Carl Causbrook and two ahead of Martin Boughton. Adrian loses two further shots off his handicap, Carl loses one and Martin, point five. Graham Smith was relegated to fourth on countback, no money for that but also no handicap cut either which could be a small relief when you have already been cut to two. Adrian said that he is playing much better this year than he did in the last series by being less aggressive, and planning his way around the course better.

Adrian’s win gives him a 98 point lead at the head of the table over Carl Causbrook who moved up from sixth to second and a further ten more than Kev Hingle who dropped to third. Graham Smith moved up to fourth place and Trevor Smith drops from third to fifth. Steve Anderson drops to sixth place, Fred Aspin retains seventh, Jim Wheeler had a good move this week, he jumped from thirteenth to eighth. Adam Clegg and Ben Miles round off the top ten on the leaderboard.

WOOM organiser Neil Harris said that even though Adrian has a commanding lead at the moment, with fifty points available for a win, anything could happen over the next eight rounds.

Hayley Hunt had another win in the Ladies’ Order of Merit on Saturday, Jackie Friend was second and Sue Ellis was third. Hayley leads the field as a multiple winner, Helen Woolley who has also had a win in the series is second and Jackie Friend is in third place overall. Hayley, who only joined Greetham Valley a few months ago, said that the excellent short game practice area that is the par three Academy course has really helped with her short game and given her a lot of confidence.

The Seniors play ten games in their Order of Merit, they then take their best five scores from the ten. Steve Taylor sits at the top of the table with 178 points after seven rounds. Second placed Peter Morris is just nine points behind him and single handicapper Ken Stewart sits just three points behind him. Seniors Captain Radley Wardhaugh said that with three more rounds to count and the possibility of icy weather arriving at some stage this winter, it is still possible for anybody in the top seven or eight to take the win and the title.

The top two pairs in each division of the Winter League will go forward to the quarter finals after the round robin series finishes next week. In division one, James Ablett and Bryan Birchall have played five games, they have won four and drawn one, so no matter what happens in the next game, they will go forward into the quarters any way. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney have eight points but Gary Moat and Adam Smith have six;  next week’s game is very important for both pairs. Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch, who lead division two, also look destined for the quarters as do Bill Skinner and Peter Key, they have nine and eight points respectively.

Trevor Smith and Club President John Sparks look to set to triumph in division three, they have won four of their games and drawn one to give them nine points. Former winners Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith have won three, drawn one and lost one and have seven points. Club Captain Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett look to have nailed the top spot in division four after they won again on Saturday, they have nine points from three wins and a draw. Another former winning pair, Iain Bain and Dave Morgan have seven points and currently sit in second, however, Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington also have the same amount of wins, a draw and a loss and also have seven points. Next week will be crucial for both pairings.


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