October’s mid week medal was quite a low scoring affair due to icy winds gusting around the Lakes course. Billy Jones thought that he had blown his chances after dropping five shots in the first three holes of his round, he recovered slightly to shoot 45 for the front nine. Billy dropped two more on the tenth and then took a grip and started again, he dropped only a further 3 shots to give him 41 for the back nine, this included a double bogey on the par five sixteenth. He finished with a total of 39 points, this was two shots better than the second placed competitor, he was “rewarded” with a cut to 16. Bill Simpson took second place on count-back with 37 points. David Aldred was third also with 37 points but slapped himself none too gently around the back of the head after having no score on the first and thirteenth holes. Keith Heppenstall who also scored 37 points, lost out on count-back and finished fourth.
The first round of the 2011/2012 Winter Order of Merit saw quite different weather conditions. Played on the Lakes course off yellow tees, a light wind and very warm temperatures greeted the competitors. Wayne Terrett had a good start to the 21 round competition when he came in with forty points to take first place and earn himself fifty points. It unfortunately meant that he also lost two shots off his handicap and will play off 10 for the duration of the competition, or, until he wins again. Graham Smith took second place on count-back with 38 points, he lost 1 shot, organiserNeil Harris took third place from Steve Anderson, they also scored 38 points, Neil was cut by half a shot. Neil said that he was pleased with the turnout but that the next one will have a bigger field as some people were away this week including last year’s order of merit winner, Club President Martin Boughton.
The Lincs PGA Matchplay Championships was held at Normanby Hall golf course near Scunthorpe, in weather described by many of the competitors as atrocious: windy and cool with persistent heavy rain. Former Greetham Valley Pro Neil Evans hasn’t lost his touch and still seems to excel in tough conditions. In the first round Neil beat Ben Skeet from Belton Woods by four and three, this gave him a second round tie against Forest Pines Pro, Dan Greenwood. Dan had beaten Neil in the final last year and this gave Neil that extra incentive to try to win. After a tough game, Neil won by four games to three. In the semi final Neil was up against Gainsborough attached Pro, Paul Bradshaw and won two and one. This set up a final against three time Open qualifier Paul Streeter.Neil who has also played in the Open, brought all of his experience to the fore and after another tough game, beat Paul by five and four to take the title.This was Neil’s second Matchplay win and it was the third time in a row that he had made it to the final. He said that he was not only pleased to have won the title, but was very happy with the way that he had played against extremely tough opposition in hard conditions.
Sue Wiles is on a fine run of form, after winning the Presidents Invitation she followed it up with a win in the Ladies October qualifier. Sue won on count-back over Jill Cannings, they both scored 35 points. Glynis Sellars took third with 34 points.