Dave storms into Order of Merit lead with an eagle

Week four of the Winter Order of Merit saw yet another first time winner. Dave Copley, who was in second place overall after two good fourth placed finishes, had the game of his life to take the win on the day and storm into first place on the leaderboard. Playing on the Lakes course, Dave had three birdies and fourteen pars and would have been very happy with that but an eagle on the par five fifteenth was just the icing on the cake. Dave came in with an unbelievable forty eight points, six better that his closest competitor. It could so easily have been forty nine but a birdie putt on the eighteenth just managed to escape. Dave said that he had been playing well recently but nothing could have prepared him for a round like that; he was docked two shots off his handicap.

Peter de Kremer and Steff Dutton must have thought that they were in with a good chance after scoring forty two points but on the day that was only good enough for the second and third places.

Round five was played on the Valley course in quite exceptional weather, warm, no rain and no wind, perfect golfing weather. Forty players had entered and this time forty two points was good enough to win. Bob Beverley had a great round to take the win and to shoot up the leaderboard, he moved from twenty eighth position to joint sixth and was docked two shots.

Carl Causbrook took second place on count back with forty points and moved from thirty third to twelfth, he was docked one shot. Ian Copley, who had lucked out on count back, was third, he was docked point five off his handicap, Ian moved up from seventeenth to ninth.

Ian’s brother Dave still leads the Order of Merit table with a hundred and seven points, Steve Anderson is thirty points behind him in second. Steff Dutton is only three points behind him on seventy four and Alan Bennett is within touching distance of him on seventy two. Michael Fish rounds off the top five.

George Brand had a fantastic hole in one on the par three thirteenth in this week’s Order of Merit, this only a few days after winning the Winter Medal with a fantastic net score of sixty four. George off sixteen won division two, the lowest gross for the division and the overall medal. He dropped just four shots in a fabulous front nine on the Lakes course and only two in the next seven holes when disaster struck, a ball hit out of bounds on the par four seventeenth led to a double bogie. George gathered himself together on the eighteenth and managed to par it.

Dave Smith and Bill Kirton were separated on count back after they both came in with a net sixty eight, Dave was second and Bill was placed third.

Thirteen handicapper Steve Bennoson won division one with a net sixty seven and David Blee shot a net sixty nine for second place. Peter Ryan off thirteen was third with a net seventy. Graham Smith who played with George Brand on the day said that he had never seen George play so steadily. Graham off five played very well also, he won the division one lowest gross with a sterling seventy six.

The Greetham Valley Captains handed over a cheque to the Evergreen Care Trust who have been this years Captains’ charity. Captains Jim Wheeler and Eileen Pare said that they were proud of the efforts of the membership who had raised £2354 for the trust. Suzi Wheatley representing Evergreen said that this would go a long way to helping some of the over five hundred people a week that they support in the Stamford and Bourne area. Suzi went on to say that they totally rely upon gestures like this as they get no lottery or government  funding.

David Wallace won division one of the seniors medal with a net sixty five, John Taylor was second with a sixty six and Neil Lowndes took the third spot with a sixty eight. Bob King took the honours in division two, he had a net sixty seven. Roy Foster was second with sixty nine on count back from Ian Kellam. The Poppy fund was the charity of the day and David and Bob were presented with Poppy memorial medals.