The penultimate week of the Winter Order of Merit took place on Saturday in conditions that would not have been out of place on a lovely Rutland July day. The Lakes course was the venue for the final time in this year’s competition, next week’s final will be held on the Valley course.
Andrew Queen hasn’t played many games in the competition but whenever he has he has scored quite well. This week he topped the leader board with a faultless thirty nine points to take a maximum 50 Order of Merit points and was cut to seven. In second with thirty seven points was Carl Causbrook who was cut to nine. Just missing out on countback, Adrian Cunningham took the third spot. With thirty seven points, Adrian was the long time leader in the Clubhouse and while he was very pleased with his game, he couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed.
Adam Clegg remains at the top of the Order of Merit despite only securing 1.6 points this week, he is on 298.6. It is not all over for Dave Copley, he played his way back into second place and pushed Fraser Denholm down to third. David is less than twenty three points behind Adam and Fraser is only seven behind him. A win on the day would be good enough for either of them to take the title that is almost within Adam’s grasp.
It is very tight at the top for the race for the title, Graham Smith on 245 points and Bob Beverley on 238 points will be fighting to take fourth or fifth. The prize table is for the top ten so a lot of players just outside the top echelon still have something to aim for on the final day this Sunday. Exciting stuff!