Adrian’s 4th win keeps top spot in Order of Merit

adrian cunninghamIn the three years that the Winter Order of Merit has been running, almost sixty rounds have been held so far. In the first two years, only two people managed to win more than one round in either of the two years. In the 2013/14 season and after just thirteen rounds, Melton Mowbray’s Adrian Cunningham has already had three wins. The weather was cold and windy but mercifully, dry for round fourteen on Saturday, Adrian took full advantage of it to register yet another win. He finished just one point ahead of Carl Causbrook and two ahead of Martin Boughton. Adrian loses two further shots off his handicap, Carl loses one and Martin, point five. Graham Smith was relegated to fourth on countback, no money for that but also no handicap cut either which could be a small relief when you have already been cut to two. Adrian said that he is playing much better this year than he did in the last series by being less aggressive, and planning his way around the course better.

Adrian’s win gives him a 98 point lead at the head of the table over Carl Causbrook who moved up from sixth to second and a further ten more than Kev Hingle who dropped to third. Graham Smith moved up to fourth place and Trevor Smith drops from third to fifth. Steve Anderson drops to sixth place, Fred Aspin retains seventh, Jim Wheeler had a good move this week, he jumped from thirteenth to eighth. Adam Clegg and Ben Miles round off the top ten on the leaderboard.

WOOM organiser Neil Harris said that even though Adrian has a commanding lead at the moment, with fifty points available for a win, anything could happen over the next eight rounds.

Hayley Hunt had another win in the Ladies’ Order of Merit on Saturday, Jackie Friend was second and Sue Ellis was third. Hayley leads the field as a multiple winner, Helen Woolley who has also had a win in the series is second and Jackie Friend is in third place overall. Hayley, who only joined Greetham Valley a few months ago, said that the excellent short game practice area that is the par three Academy course has really helped with her short game and given her a lot of confidence.

The Seniors play ten games in their Order of Merit, they then take their best five scores from the ten. Steve Taylor sits at the top of the table with 178 points after seven rounds. Second placed Peter Morris is just nine points behind him and single handicapper Ken Stewart sits just three points behind him. Seniors Captain Radley Wardhaugh said that with three more rounds to count and the possibility of icy weather arriving at some stage this winter, it is still possible for anybody in the top seven or eight to take the win and the title.

The top two pairs in each division of the Winter League will go forward to the quarter finals after the round robin series finishes next week. In division one, James Ablett and Bryan Birchall have played five games, they have won four and drawn one, so no matter what happens in the next game, they will go forward into the quarters any way. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney have eight points but Gary Moat and Adam Smith have six;  next week’s game is very important for both pairs. Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch, who lead division two, also look destined for the quarters as do Bill Skinner and Peter Key, they have nine and eight points respectively.

Trevor Smith and Club President John Sparks look to set to triumph in division three, they have won four of their games and drawn one to give them nine points. Former winners Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith have won three, drawn one and lost one and have seven points. Club Captain Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett look to have nailed the top spot in division four after they won again on Saturday, they have nine points from three wins and a draw. Another former winning pair, Iain Bain and Dave Morgan have seven points and currently sit in second, however, Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington also have the same amount of wins, a draw and a loss and also have seven points. Next week will be crucial for both pairings.


Martin bows out with a bang!

Martin Boughton pres dayMartin Boughton had to cancel his President’s Invitation Day on 13th October due to a massive storm which rattled Rutland on the day. Martin, who has been First Team Captain, Club Captain and, for the past six years, Greetham Valley Golf Club President, really wanted to hold the day to thank people for their support during his 2008-2013 tenure.

Despite handing over to John Sparks on 1st January, Martin finally got to hold his day on Saturday. The weather was cold and windy but it was at least dry for the most part. Three quarters of the field got through the competition and into the clubhouse dry but the final quarter had a howling gale, a massive hailstorm as well as thunder and lightning to contend with. No surprise then that the winners were all in the first three quarters! Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman won Nearest the Pin on the par three 6th and Assistant Course Manager Stuart Raybould took the Men’s prize on the 12th.

Bev also won the Ladies’ competition with 33 points, second place went to last year’s Lady Captain Sheila Douty with 31 points, whilst Gilly Grant came in with 28 points to claim third place. In the Men’s competition, Wayne Terrett won it with a massive 42 points. James Boughton, Martins son, took second place with 38 points and last year’s Captain Trevor Smith was third, scoring 36 points.

Martin thanked Greetham Valley proprietors the Hinch family for their support over the years. Club Secretary Dennis Millington was thanked for his support and guidance. Martin also praised Adi Porter and his greenkeeping team for presenting the three courses in fantastic condition year after year. Martin went on to wish new President John Sparks well for his own tenure.

Trevor SmithWinter Order of Merit organiser Neil Harris was amazed that so many competitors wanted to play in round 13. The day was cold, very windy with constant heavy rain and after just a few holes it soon became apparent that it would have to be reduced from eighteen holes to nine. However, despite the conditions, the scoring was still very good. Jim Wheeler off thirteen came in with 17 points, was docked point five and will play off twelve next week. Tony Mould had 18 points to take second place, he lost one shot and will play off seven on Saturday. The score of the day came from Trevor Smith playing off scratch. Trevor took first place with 19 points after a game which included eight pars and a birdie; he was docked two shots and will play in round fourteen off plus two.

Adi Cunningham still retains the top spot with 223 points. Kev Hingle remains in second place but the best jump up the table went to Trevor Smith, he moved from twelfth to third. Steve Anderson dropped from third to fourth, Graham Smith dropped a place to fifth. Carl Causbrook, Fred Aspin, Adam Clegg, Ben Miles and Dave Copley round out the top ten.

Neil Harris said that now that the weather is really playing its part, the field is really starting to bunch up, just 42 points separating tenth from second.

The Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit, organised by Angela Wheeler, has a field of thirty competitors and has been going for just three weeks. The clear leaders at the moment are new member Hayley Hunt and Helen Woolley – they have both had a win, a second and another placing to put them ahead of the chasing pack. Hayley won week one with Helen second, Sheila Douty took the honours in week two and Angela Wheeler was second. Helen took the win in week three and Hayley took second. Kay Ropson. who has rejoined Greetham Valley after leaving Sleaford Golf Club, didn’t do so well on Saturday but she is too wily a campaigner to be counted out. Sheila Douty, Bev Dolman and several others who all won competitions in 2013 are chasing hard too.

The Seniors played their Winter League round seven on Monday in warm weather with just a little breeze. Peter Giblett won with 41 points pushing Trevor Davis into second on countback. Former jockey Steve Taylor was third with 38 points ahead of Steve Lakeman who came fourth on countback.


Main greens in use despite frost for Order of Merit

Geoff WoolleyDespite an overnight frost which left Greetham Valley looking like a Christmas scene, Course Manager Adi Porter gave the go-ahead to use main greens for week eleven of the Winter Order of Merit. The first of the 38 players teed off using coloured golf balls but after an hour the frost had departed for pastures new. Former GV Captain Geoff Woolley, who has only played a couple of games in the 22 round competition so far, dealt with the conditions better than most.

While the frost was still around, Geoff had a very impressive 20 points on the front nine, despite a blob on the par three sixth. He had a further blob on the par five sixteenth but still scored a very creditable 17 points on the back nine to give him a total of 37. This was enough to earn him the win this week. He moved up from 52nd to 24th and saw his handicap cut from 17 to 15. Geoff said that the key to his round was using one club less on each hole, this helped to slow the ball when it got on to the green. By doing this he managed to stay on the green instead of shooting through it as many others had done, giving him a chance to putt instead of chipping.

Behind Geoff were three players with 36 points: last year’s winner, Steve Anderson, took second place, he was cut one shot to five. Carl Causbrook took third and will play off eleven next week, Ben Miles was relegated to fourth but while he didn’t get a cut he did miss out on this week’s prize fund. Ted Burke, Dave Copley, James Gore and Club President John Sparks all came in just a point further back with 35 points.

Adrian Cunningham didn’t play so well this week but still came in with 33 points and was placed tenth. However he retains his place atop the order of merit table, some 76 points ahead of second placed Kev Hingle. Steve Anderson moves up from fifth to third, Graham Smith and Fred Aspin both drop a place to fourth and fifth respectively. Only 18 points cover fifth to second so watch out for further changes next week. Carl Causbrook moved up from fourteenth to sixth, Ben Miles jumped up from eleventh to seventh while John Sparks moves up from tenth to eighth.  At the half way mark of the series, organiser Neil Harris said that he is very happy to have welcomed many new competitors to the series this year. He went on to say that nobody would have been able to predict what the top ten would be as several “newbies” are well and truly in the mix.

The full line up of Team Captains for 2014 was announced this week. Chris Steele takes over the First Team Captaincy from Neil Harris, Steve Anderson will take over from Alan Bennett as Second Team Captain. Club Vice Captain Fred Aspin will look after the B Team and the Mixed Team, Neil Sellars will remain as C Team Captain. Liz Haughton will Captain the Ladies’ Scratch team, Jackie Friend will look after the Ladies’ League team and Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman will sort out the friendly matches. Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh will lead the Senior teams, ably assisted by Vice Captain Peter Wood. Pat Jones will look after the Juniors.

PGA golf professional Neil Curtis completed his move from Melton Mowbray to start his Greetham Valley career off when he officially joined the Club on 6th January. Neil will be running the Golf Shop as well as visiting schools to spread the word about golf. He also intends to heavily promote junior lessons. He can be contacted at the Greetham Valley Golf Shop on 01780 460666.


Charity Quiz Night at Greetham Valley

Charity Quiz Night at Greetham ValleyFriday 7th February
Wake up the old grey matter with a charity quiz at Greetham Valley, covering a wide spectrum of subjects from music to sports to current affairs to general knowledge! No need to book, just turn up, brain cells twitching, on the night.

  • teams of 4 (1 to be Greetham Valley member), entry £2 per person, pay on the night
  • hot and cold buffet available from 6pm, £7.95 per person, pay on the night
  • quiz starts at 7.30pm

Start reading those newspapers, get out the atlas and find a teenager for any music and IT questions! This Club event will raise funds for the 2014 Captains’ charity, The Air Ambulance Service.


Captains’ Drive-in at Greetham Valley

2014 captains drive inAs is traditional at Greetham Valley Golf Club, January 1st is when the new Captains for the year drive-in and the previous year’s Captains drive out of office. The par three tenth on the Lakes course is a difficult hole with a large pond, a stream just a few feet past it and rough only a yard after that. After getting over those small problems, players are then faced with two bunkers and a two tiered green, not too difficult on a normal day but with a large gallery, a high wind and rain starting, it could make the heart skip a beat. Over seventy players who were competing in the following nine hole competition applauded as first Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty drove out, followed by the drive-in by the 2014 incumbents Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman. All concerned did the deed n fine style and Robert “David Bailey” Hinch was on hand to take photographs.

In the nine hole competition separated into front and back nines, players had to contend with a two to three club wind and very heavy rain. The competitors all got thoroughly soaked but the course held up very well allowing everybody to complete their rounds. Despite the conditions, the scoring was good. Bill Skinner, Graham Day and Peter Key playing on the back nine were only a three ball so they took the best two scores on each hole and came in with 36 points to take second place. Kev Hingle, who is in the top five in the Winter Order of Merit at the moment, and partner David Aldred came first with a fantastic 38 points. A duo of married couples dominated the front nine competition, John and Liz Darrow came second with 34 points. Darren and Liz Houghton scored 35 to take the win.

After the competition Trevor and Sheila took down their photos and thanked everybody for their support in 2013; they were in turn thanked and presented with crystal mementos by GV Chairman Frank Hinch. Shaun and Bev paid tribute to the hard work and commitment that both Trevor and Sheila had put into their year before informing everybody about their own plans for 2014. As Shaun works with the Air Ambulance, both Captains have agreed to have them as their charity for their year and were very pleased when informed that the raffle on the day had raised £388. The members, who by now had been joined by partners and spouses, then welcomed their new PresidentJohn Sparks, he takes over from Martin Boughton. Martin, who had served for six years in the role, was praised by John for his commitment to the club.

As well as an overhaul of competitions for this year by Secretary Dennis Millington and a members’ panel, the club announced several changes to members fees. A new Intermediate level will start from the first of April. This will be for members aged between 19 and 29, they will pay just 50% of the seven days members’ fee. That means that they will pay only £354 per year or £29.50 per month on interest free credit. Juniors (18 and under) will now only pay £144 a year or £12 a month. Greetham Valley General Manager Sean Clarke said that the Club takes great pride in listening to its’ members and this is something that the owners had debated in 2013.


Airshots fundraising success at Greetham Valley

Airshots Golf Society are based at Greetham Valley and were formed a couple of years ago as a means of raising funds for the Leicester and Notts. Air Ambulance (LNAA) and have been recognised by them as a charitable organisation. This year they had 32 paid up members from several different golf clubs in the area as well as many guests who have played with a member. The Air Ambulance Service doesn’t, for some unknown reason, get much in the way of support from central Government so they have to rely upon charitable donations. On average, it costs some £200 per mission to fuel an Air Ambulance, in 2013 Airshots presented a total of £1500 to help them. This year’s Captain has been Dean Wilkinson who handed over to Mark Haynes at their AGM at the end of November.

To start off fundraising for 2014 with a bang, 30 members and guests gathered at Greetham Valley to play their final competition of the year on the Lakes course. After a hearty Greetham Valley breakfast they set off in cold and very windy conditions, some coped well with it and some didn’t but they all enjoyed it. Simon McGuiness took the win with a fantastic 39 points. Society Vice Captain James Ablett who had led for most of the competition with 38 came second. Several players scored 36 but 2013 Greetham Valley Club Captain Trevor Smith took third on countback.

Everybody had fun but the main aim of the day was to raise more funds. The raffle raised £125, some £53 was raised in fines, these included: losing a golf ball, not wearing the Airshots shirt, not making it past the Ladies’ tee, failing to score at least 24 points, amongst others. Overall, they raised £518 which gives them a good start for 2014.

Colin Eversden, who has been responsible for a lot of the organisation since its inception, said that they will be playing at eight different venues next year plus an end of year game at Greetham Valley and hope to beat this year’s total. Airshots Chairman Michael Fish said that they, like the Air Ambulance, rely upon sponsorship for shirts, prizes etc and thanked Bryan Birchill, Precision Sports, Glenn Sharpe, Bradshaws Electric Vehicles, the Alumasc group, Ps and Qs and The Pyramid Club for their continuing support. They are still on the lookout for sponsorship for 2014;  if you are interested please contact Fred Aspin at fredladgolf@yahoo.co.uk. The same address can also be used for any new Airshot Golf Society member application enquiries.

Adie Cunningham, who led the Winter Order of Merit after eight rounds, consolidated his lead with a fantastic score of 41 points to win round nine. Despite a very cold wind and a coating of white frost, Adie blitzed the competition to take his second win in this year’s competition. He had 18 points on the front nine including a blob on the fourth, then stepped it up on the back nine coming in with a massive 23 points. He was cut two shots and will play off 23 next Saturday. Bob Beverley was second with 37 points and loses one shot. Ben Miles took third place on countback from Dave Copley and Paul Clegg, they all scored 36 points. Ben will lose point five off his handicap.

Adie has extended his lead at the top of the order of merit, Kev Hingle moves up to second place while Graham Smith dropped to third, Fred Aspin retains fourth and Steve Anderson is fifth, the rest of the top ten stay as they were. Ben Miles has the biggest jump of the week, he moved up from twenty third to eleventh.


Christmas golf competitions at Greetham Valley

Pat Jamieson Adie Cunningham Ladies Captain Sheila Douty Mens Captain Trevor Smith Adam Clegg and Eve MillsThe weather for the Christmas Texas Scramble at Greetham Valley started off warm and dry but after the first couple of holes the wind started gusting between a two or three club speed and the dry weather soon gave way to a cold and steady drizzle. However, this did not seem to faze the competitors in the least, the difference between third place and first being a mere point four.

Club Secretary Dennis Millington, Bob Beverley, George Grant and Lesley Young were third with 60.8. Second place went to Graham Smith, Alan Bennett, Bill Skinner and Annie McCulloch with 60.6. The winners were Adie Cunningham, Adam Clegg, Pat Jamieson and Eve Mills, they took the win with a score of 60.4. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty thanked everybody for their support this year, Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman will take over on 1st January.

Malcolm Barnes, playing off thirteen, won division one of the final Seniors’ Medal of the year with a brilliant nett 69. Malcolm said that he just played very steady golf without taking any unnecessary chances. He won on countback from Neil Lowndes off nine who also won the lowest gross prize with a 78. Sixteen handicapper Jack Vernal took third with a nett 72.

Stuart Dodds, who does a lot of work for the Seniors’ section by organising the away days on a Friday and a roll up on a Wednesday throughout the year, had a very well deserved win in division two. Playing off nineteen, he had a nett 69 and also took the lowest gross prize. Peter Macdonald Pearce off twenty six took second with a nett 71 and twenty handicapper John Morfee was third with a nett 73. Captain Rod Wells took time to thank everybody for their help and support over the last two years.

Liz HaughtonThe Ladies’ Turkey Trot is played in two divisions, Bronze and Silver. First place in Bronze went to Chris Slattery, Eileen Pare took second. Liz Haughton, who has been a prolific scorer in competitions this year finishing in the top three in practically every one she has entered, won the silver division and the overall prize. Gilly Grant who has also played very well this year was second. Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty was fulsome in her praise for the Ladies and thanked them for the support that she has had from them this year.

The Winter Order of Merit and the Winter League both return next week – with high winds and heavy rain forecast, it could be a tough weekend for all concerned.


Vice Captain Shaun rises to the challenge of the cold

Shaun DenholmVice Captain Shaun Denholm who will take over as Captain on the 1st January won this week’s Winter Order of Merit for the first time this series. Shaun, playing off fourteen, dropped just four shots in the front nine and amassed 21 points. He got off to a bad start on the back nine with a double bogie on the par three 10th and a bogie on the next hole but stopped the rot with a par on the 12th. He came back with 17 points to give him a total of 38. Shaun was one of the first of the 40 players out and had an anxious wait to see if it would be enough to take the win. Two 36s came in and a 37 but his score was good enough in the end to take the win and the 50 points on offer for first place. A delighted Shaun said that he was surprised that 38 was good enough but a lot of players seemed to have struggled in the very cold two club wind; he had two shots taken off his handicap.

Second place went to Fred Aspin who came in with 37 points and was cut by one shot. Adie Cunningham, who has led since round two, was third on countback with 36 points, he was docked point five. Kev Hingle also came in with 36 and took fourth place. The next two places were also decided on countback after both players scored 35. Carl Causbrook took fifth ahead of Chris Wheatland.

Adie Cunningham continues to lead the overall table with a 161 points. Kev Hingle moved up from fourth place to second some 48 points back. Just one point two behind him is Graham Smith who dropped from the second spot. Fred Aspin moves up from seventh to fourth just point eight behind Graham. Last series winner Steve Anderson dropped from third to fifth place, he has ninety six points.

There is no Order of Merit next week as a lot of players are in the Christmas Texas Scramble, the next round will be on the 21st December.

After two rounds of this year’s Winter League, things are starting to take shape. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney lead league one with 3 points. Gary Moat and Graham Smith also have 3 points and are in second place, both pairs have won one and drawn one. Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch lead league two with 4 points, they have played two and won two. Club Captain Trevor Smith and President elect, John Sparks lead league three with 4 points from two wins. Previous winners Dave Morgan and Iain Bain lead Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington in league four, both pairs have 4 points from two wins.


Graham beats the wind to win round 6 of the Order of Merit

Trevor Smith Rod Wells Sheila Douty and Martin BoughtonThe Seniors’ Captain’s Dinner, hosted by Rod Wells, was a well attended affair: as well as a room full of seniors and their partners, Club Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty were in attendance. Two of Greetham Valley’s directors, Frank and Hazel Hinch, President Martin Boughton, his wife Heather and Club Secretary Dennis Millington and wife Joan also graced the event. The raffle on the night raised some £300 bringing the total to £600 raised for this year’s Seniors’ Captain’s Charity, the Alzheimer’s Trust. Founder member and experienced raconteur Keith Agar had those assembled in fits of laughter for almost an hour with a run of jokes, wry comments and pictures.

Graham SmithWeek six of the Winter Order of Merit was played on the Lakes course on Saturday. The weather was dry, cold and very windy – ideal for Graham Smith who is renowned for his ability in gusting winds and he triumphed for the first time in the event this year. Six handicapper Graham had 18 points on the front nine, including a birdie on the par four third hole. The back nine was even better as he also birdied the par five fifteenth and the par four seventeenth to come in with 20 and a total of 38 points to take the win. Graham said that he just played steady golf, tee to green, and took the chances with his putter when he had them. He leaped up from eleventh place to second overall and loses two shots off his handicap for the next round. Mike Watkins off eleven took second place with 37 points on countback from nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson. Mike loses a shot and Paul was docked point five. Four players were tied in fourth place – Trevor Smith, Tony Mould, James Gore and Adrian Cunningham after they all scored 36 points.

After six weeks, Melton’s Adrian Cunningham still leads with a 29 point gap ahead of Graham Smith in second. Steve Anderson slips back into third position and Kevin Hingle also lost ground this weekend. President in waiting John Sparks closed in on the top tier with another consistent scoring round. Paul Jenkinson leaps into the top ten following another steady performance this week. Fred Aspin, Steff Dutton, Ian Copley and Chris Wheatland all dropped places but remain in the top ten. With only six rounds played, the competition is all to play for and points in the bank now will prove invaluable for when the bad weather strikes. Round seven will be played on Sunday when the Rutland weather is forecast to be much colder with arctic winds.

Neil Harris took a party of Order of Merit competitors to The Nottinghamshire Golf Club during the week and returned full of praise for a course that has had a big facelift recently. All found the course in superb condition with beautifully manicured fairways and excellent receptive greens that were lightning fast, making putting a real test of skill. Neil said that it was refreshing to go to a course as visitors late in November that was in such good condition. Graham Smith was a worthy winner on the day coming in with 36 points. Chris Wheatland and Dave Copley were tied second with 35 points.

Greetham Valley’s Seniors held their end of season three club competition prior to electing their officials for 2014 last Monday: players could use any two clubs and a putter. Barry Shaw proved that he didn’t need all of the other clubs that he normally carries when he won the Hodgkinson Trophy, presented by Alan Hodgkinson, with a score of 38 points. Barry said that staying out of trouble and taking full advantage of it was the key to his win. Peter Morris took second place, he scored 34 points and John Taylor was third with 33. Bob King won the nearest the pin prize on the par three sixth hole. Fred Aspin was presented with the Neil Whitter Trophy by Neil for winning the Irons Only competition.

After the game, Radley Wardhaugh was elected as Seniors’ Captain and will take over from Rod Wells in January, Peter Woods will be his Vice. Rod thanked everybody for their fantastic support this year.  


Hole in one for Neil on revamped 6th on the Lakes course

Neil LowndesNine handicapper and former professional cricketer Neil Lowndes had his very first hole in one while playing in the Seniors’ Winter League on Monday. On the par 3 6th on the Lakes, Neil took a wedge for the 135 yard shot over the newly revamped and much bigger lake, the ball took one bounce then popped straight into the hole. Neil said that he had come very close on a number of occasions but no cigar. He was very happy to buy everybody a drink and looks forward to receiving his Hugo Boss watch courtesy of Hugo Boss and the How Did I Do website for the feat.

Round five of the Winter Order of Merit got off to a rather chilly start on Sunday – with a cold wind coming in from the north it was certainly time for the 36 players
Steff Dutton

to don the old woolly hats and warm sweaters. Seven handicapper Steff Dutton, who has been struggling with his driving recently after suffering for over a year with shoulder pains, had a fantastic day on the fairways, missing only two of them. Steff, who is a Second Team regular, has a superb short game that he was able to use to great advantage. He recorded three sandy pars as well as getting out of a tricky situation to par a hole on several other occasions. He teed off in the first group and didn’t think that his 40 points would be anywhere near good enough to win so was very pleased to take his first one of the series. He said that it was the best that he has driven all year, he had two shots taken off his handicap and will play off five in the next game.Previous series’ winner Adam Clegg off five was one shot behind in second place, he was docked a shot and will play off four on Saturday.   Ian Copley took third place on countback with 38 points and was docked point five, he will play off twelve next time. Three others, four handicapper Nick Cunnington, President elect John Sparks and Kevin Hingle off twelve also scored 38 and were awarded joint fourth place. Birthday boy George Grant was a further shot back on 37 points.

Adrian Cunningham holds an 18 point lead at the top of the Order of Merit table over defending champion Steve Anderson. Kevin Hingle replaces Fred Aspin in third place and Fred drops to fourth. Week five winner Stef Dutton gained ground on the leaders and moves from twenty second to fifth, Ian Copley rose six spots to sixth in the table. Adam Clegg had the biggest climb of the weekend, he moved from thirty fifth to fifteenth place. The competition is bubbling along quite nicely now and we can expect even more changes next week, when players who had been playing in the alternative winter league return for the next round.

Vice Captain in waiting Fred Aspin won the Seniors’ Irons Only competition. He struggled in the front nine registering only 12 points but came good on the back nine with 22;  Neil Lowndes was second just one shot behind. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Steve Taylor took third demoting Bernard Bell to fourth place after they both scored 32 points.