The weekend at Greetham Valley saw round Six of the Winter League knockout played in blustery weather as the various leagues start to take shape. The only unbeaten teams are in the same league and it will be another three weeks before the leading combatants Graham Smith and Ian Copley take on Anthony Mousley and Jamie Herbert for the overall leadership of League 3. In League 4 Fred Aspin and Martin Boughton have given themselves a chance of qualification with a 6 and 4 victory over the second placed team of Bryan Birchall and Matt Williams but they will need to win all their remaining matches to qualify. In the top two leagues it is still too close to call with the top 4 teams in each group being separated by only 2 points. The biggest win of the day went to Dave Copley and Tony Mould who eased home 10 and 8 whilst Nick Cunnington and Lewis Daff won 8 and 6 against their opponents
In the Gents’ Winter Order of Merit five players are separated by only 5 points, and with 50 points available for a win and three rounds to go there is all to play for. The latest round winner was Chris Tapsell who now leads the table with 131 points. Behind him, tied in second place, are Bill Guest, Darren Sargood and Chris Proudman all on 126. Second place on the day Joseph Sargood scored well and moved up to fifth place overall with a total of 122 points.
In the Seniors’ stroke-play competition, played in the gale force conditions of Storm Henry, scoring was always going to be difficult. Coming in third position, David Aldred (13) started inconsistently and missed several opportunities to hand in a good card but managed to pull things back on the back nine to score an overall nett 74, just beating John Dowding (15) on countback. Second place, on countback from the winner, went to Keith Smith (16) who played a remarkably consistent round but was undone by the 16th and 17th holes which were played into the gale force winds; double bogeys on these holes meant he was limited to a nett 71 score on his card. The overall winner was David Nicol (16) who interestingly also struggled with the wind on three consecutive holes at eleven, twelve and thirteen; by virtue of getting his ‘bad’ holes in early, David was able to win on countback with his card of nett 71.
David Aldred, GV’s Newshound