Winter was a bit of a misnomer as the wind had dropped and the temperature across Rutland rose to an almost balmy eighteen degrees on the Lakes course for week nineteen of Greetham Valley’s Winter Order of Merit golf competition. Despite the much warmer conditions, the scoring, apart from the winner, was quite low. The reason for this is because almost three quarters of the field had been cut at least once, some even more during this golf competition. Shaun Denholm had managed to stay under the radar with steady rather than spectacular scores to keep out of the cut zone. However his well crafted forty points which culminated in an unbelievable thirty foot par putt on the eighteenth, was enough to take the win and saw him cut from fifteen to thirteen.
Dave Copley playing off six, who had been cut twice before, came in with a great score of thirty eight points to take second place and keep the pressure up on the leader; he was cut again, this time to five. Third place went to six handicapper Simon Welsh for his score of thirty six points.
At the top of the leader board they are moving around but with very few points between them, fifty points for a win and forty points for second would really put the cat among the pigeons!
Adam Clegg retains his overall lead with 271 points but Dave Copley has jumped up five places on the leader board to second place with 253 points. Greetham Valley President Martin Boughton is third on 236 but this was his last game in the series and his third spot is up for grabs. The perennial Bob Beverley sits in fourth place only two points behind on 234. Graham Smith maintains fifth with 227 and Fraser Denholm rounds off the top six with 227 points. Only twenty six points cover sixth to second but even tighter than that is the fight for third, where nine points is the difference between sixth and third.
With only three games to go this is still wide open for the top ten players.