The Winter Order of Merit is well under way and so, far the weather has been very kind with much warmer conditions than normally expected at this time of the year.
The third round got under way in warm sunshine with just the hint of a breeze; unfortunately, it ended quite cold and with a very stiff wind. The scoring however, was quite hot! Six handicapper and second team regular Stef Dutton had a fantastic round, coming in with 43 points, one under for the day. Stef said that he really can’t remember ever playing better on the Lakes Course than that. For his skill he was docked two shots and will play the next round off four.
Seven handicapper Neil Crees was second with 40 points to beat another former Club Captain Bob Beverley on count-back. Last week’s winner Ian Copley had to be satisfied with fourth place, he also had 40 points but lost out on count-back, however, unlike the top three, he didn’t lose any shots off his handicap.
Bob Beverley is storming ahead in the Order of Merit table, he is 20 points ahead of second placed Neil Harris and 21 ahead of Graham Smith. However, there is a long way to go in the 22 round series and the upside is that it is good to get results in the bag before the inclement weather often associated with winter golf arrives but it does make it a little harder playing off a lower handicap – Bob will be playing off 13 in the next round.