Seniors’ Winter League – 3rd Round
The third round of the Seniors’ Winter League was played on the Lakes course in surprisingly gentle conditions given the amount of rain and high winds that had battered everyone over the previous weekend. Playing a stableford format over 10 rounds, with the best five aggregate scores to count towards the overall winner, competition was intense with 14 players scoring 36 points or better.
In third place came current Seniors’ Captain Peter Wood with 38 points in a round which would have been so much better if he had managed not to put his ball out of bounds on the second hole which cost him a zero score. Second place went to John Taylor, also with 38 points, who likewise would have liked to keep his ball on the fairway on the eighth hole and avoid a zero score. The overall winner was Ian Kelham, playing off 18, who managed to score on all holes to accumulate 39 points. Ian’s round was a model of consistency with only two double bogeys but a pocketful of par scores. After 3 rounds of play no clear leader has emerged on cumulative scores but there are a number of players who have all chalked up consistent mid to high 30 scores so competition will be intense for over the next rounds.
Gents’ Winter Order of Merit
In the Gents’ Winter Order of Merit the field was also closely bunched after 3 completed rounds with only sixteen points separating the top 10 players. Leading the field is Carl Causbrook with 76 points but he is closely followed by Jim Wheeler on 74 and Neil Crees on 70. With two more rounds to follow before the halfway stage at the New Year there are opportunities to be had for all entrants.
Seniors’ Monday Competition
Graham Smith, having won the Seniors Championship earlier in the year, also won the right to choose the format to be played in the Seniors’ Monday competition at the end of November. Graham decided to select a Texas Scramble but with the added twist in that each player in the nominated three-ball had to have his drive selected six times and also to putt out six holes.
With hindsight this appeared to be a highly prescient selection by Graham as he and his teammates (Jim Wheeler and George Brand) easily won the competition with a nett score of 63.4 after deducting their aggregate handicap allowance of 4.6. The runners-up were Robert Birch, Dick Thirlwell and Roy Foster with 67.7 but full honours must go to the winners who scored consistently well on the Lakes course; for the front nine the winners hit five pars and 4 birdies for a gross score of 32 whilst on the back nine they managed 7 pars and one birdie although they did mar their perfect round with a bogey on the stroke index 1 sixteenth.
Ladies Christmas Party and Turkey Trot
During the week the Ladies held their Christmas party followed, the next day, by their Turkey Trot competition in which, as the name implies, the winners received vouchers for their Xmas turkeys. The previous evening’s activities led to a number of competitors walking the first few holes rather gingerly but did not deter entrants from competing. Notwithstanding this, the Ladies dressed suitably for the season and the Lakes course was awash with reds, whites and greens as Mother Christmases and Elves made their way round.
In third place next year’s vice-captain, Annie McCulloch (18), scored 34 points in a steady round with scores on all holes. Second place went to Jacky Bayley (also off 18) with 35 points but the overall winner was Jill Cannings who won with 35 points on countback; Jill’s round included six pars with 3 on each half but unfortunately she no-scored on the tenth to mar an otherwise textbook round.
Gents Xmas Texas Scramble
Over the weekend the Gents Xmas Texas Scramble was held on the Lakes course and as ever competition was fierce in this popular format. Playing off one tenth of aggregate handicaps in teams of four, third place went to John Dowding, Steve Bennoson, Chris Proudman and Ellie Haughton with a nett score of 61.6. Second place went to Peter Wood, Terry Romeo, Alasdair McNaughton and Liz Haughton with a score of 60.1.
The winners however were a three-ball (having lost a player at the start) consisting Club Captain Fred Aspin, second team player Steff Dutton and Lincs Golf Junior Organiser Pat Jones with an excellent nett score of 59.6. Their round consisted eight birdies and 10 pars with outward totals of 33 and an inbound total of 31 (gross). It seemed entirely appropriate for the outgoing club captain to win a competition in the final month of his tenure and Fred said he was delighted to show members that he could actually put a good round together.
Yellow Peril Competition
The Seniors section played a Yellow Peril competition in wonderfully mild conditions on Monday and scoring (amongst some teams) reflected the conditions. Two teams were unable to complete the full 18 holes having lost their yellow ball but still enjoyed the mild weather. With scores being taken as yellow plus the best other score, in third place were Ken Stewart, Denis Cleggett and Jack Vernal who must have thought they were in with a winning chance when they walked off the eighteenth green with 82 points; second place went to Mike Hoye, Mike Maffei and John Dowding with 85 points including a contribution of 21 points from Mike Hoye. The winners, however, with 87 were Robert Birch, Keith Godwin and Martin Jeffery; with individual scores of 39, 43 and 38 they played amazingly consistent golf and thoroughly deserved their win.