Adi triumphs in Winter Order of Merit

Order of merit playersImage shows some of the players in the Winter Order of Merit. In the centre holding the trophy is this year’s overall winner, Adi Cunningham. To his right is WOOM organiser Neil Harris and to Adi’s left is this week’s winner, Kev Hingle.   

The final of the twenty two round Winter Order of Merit was played on the Valley course at the weekend in warm sunshine with just a light breeze to cool the competitors slightly. The players took to the course in reverse leaderboard order, Adi Cunningham, Carl Causbrook, Kev Hingle and Dave Copley were all out in the final group. Neil Harris said that this ramps up the pressure at the top and brings out the best in the players. Kev Hingle was victorious on the day, he came in with a fantastic score of 41, 19 on the front nine and 22 on the back. Dave Copley was second with 38 points and last year’s winner Steve Anderson was third with 37 on countback from Darren Haughton. 

Adi Cunningham didn’t have such a good game but, having led from the very first game of the series, still did enough to take the overall title for the 2013/14 season. Adi, who has been a model of consistency this year, scored 351 points, having had several wins plus some second and third places. Kev Hingle jumped from fourth place to second after winning this week, he finished on 321 and overtook Carl Causbrook and Dave Copley who finished in joint third with 313. Trevor Smith, who has played off plus three for the last four rounds, was fifth with 265. Nick Cunnington missed half a dozen games but still took sixth place with 230, just 5 points behind him was last season’s winner, Steve Anderson. Darren Haughton was eighth, Graham Smith was ninth and Neil Crees rounded off the top ten. Prizes also went to the top scorer for rounds played on the Saturday or Sunday outside of the top ten. Peter Bagshaw won the Saturday with156 ahead of Martin Boughton who had 149. Club President John Sparks won the Sunday, he had 131 ahead of Fred Aspin who finished on 127.

This has been the fourth season of the Winter Order of |Merit organised by Neil Harris. Neil said that it has been gratifying to see fifty seven people take part throughout the series, which provided competitive golf throughout the winter. He went on to say that as it is an open competition in which any male club member can play, it was fantastic to see six members new to Greetham Valley take the opportunity to play and integrate into the club. They all agreed that it has not only been a great way to meet members but they feel totally accepted within the club.

Hayley HuntThe Ladies Order of Merit also finished at the weekend. Hayley Hunt, who joined from Toft in January, has led right from the first round, she finished with a 163 points. Hayley said that her long game was quite good at Toft but since having lessons with Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis, her short game has come on in leaps and bounds. Hayley cites this as the main reason for her win but went on to say that it will stand her in good stead for the competitions and matches that have just started this year, she also hopes to see a drop in her handicap. Liz Haughton, who returned to Greetham Valley last year after a lay off from golf was second with a 130 points. Another new member to Greetham Valley, Susie Ellis, was third with 95 points. Yet another new member, Hayley Taylor who came from Sleaford Golf Club, was fourth and Lizzie Taylor ended the series in fifth. As with the men’s competition, this has proven to be a great way for new members to “join in” right from the start.

Seniors away daySeniors on their Away Day at Peterborough Milton Golf Club. In the “harlequin sweater” in the front is Club President John Sparks, to his left is Club Captain Shaun Denholm, next to him is Senior’s Vice Captain Peter Wood who organised the day, Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh is to Peter’s left.

Fifty three Greetham Valley Seniors had their Away Day at Peterborough Milton on Monday, the weather could not have been any better, 18 degrees with alight breeze. The day was organised superbly by Seniors’ Vice Captain Peter Wood. The competition was in two parts, a singles stableford and a pairs bogie game. Club Vice Captain Fred Aspin won the singles competition on a tough course with 34 points. Second place went to David Aldred on countback from Chris Dawson, they both scored32 points. Jack Vernal and Keith Godwin won the team prize with a score of minus three. David Lucas and John Clinton who came in with minus six took second place on count back from Peter Macdonald Pearce and Chris Grey. Although the greens were tough having just been treated, everybody agreed that they had enjoyed the course. The catering was extremely efficient and very tasty. Fred Aspin was so impressed, he is thinking of holding his Captain’s Away Day there next year.

Alternative Winter leagueAs well as the Order of Merits and the Winter League knockout competition, the alternative Winter League, which has been organised by Ian Bain, has been running for five years. This year it was won by Dave Thompson.

Tony King had his second hole in one in a Seniors’ competition during the week. Playing on the Valley course, Tony said that he could feel a little breeze against him as he teed up on the par three third hole, he returned his nine iron to his bag and pulled out an eight. He said that it pitched just before the hole then dropped straight in for an ace. Happy days and a bottle of scotch on the counter for anybody to partake!