Tony Mould won the latest round of Greetham Valley’s Winter order of Merit when action resumed at the course this week.
After a two week lay off due to heavy snow, Tony moved up to third in the standings with a superb back nine to finish with 40 overall to become the 14th winner in the series.
Many of the players found the windy conditions tough, including the eventual winner who bogied the first two holes. Tony, playing off six, hit bogies on three more of the first seven holes before recovering in spectacular style.
His back nine was nothing short of a master class in how to play in the wind. After pars on the 10th and 11th, Tony hit one of the shots of the day on the par three 12th, landing his four-iron tee shot just two feet from the hole.
He then birdied the tough par three fourteen and followed this with a magnificent eagle on the par five 15th putting himself in a winning position despite dropping into the lake on the 18th and ended with a gross score of 74, only two over gross. Tony will play off four in his next game.
Club secretary Dennis Millington defied the elements to record his best score of the series, 39, to climb from 34th to 23rd on the back of second place. He will play off 15 in the next round.
Wayne Terret who began with bogies and blobs over the first five holes before recovering to come home with 37 for third place. He moves up to 14th in the table and will play off 12 in the next game.
Overall, Ian Copley retains first place with 176 points. Paul Jenkinson is 10 points behind in second and Tony is third on 155. Last year’s winner Adam Clegg is fourth for the moment but will be out for at least six weeks after breaking his collar bone while skiing. George Grant is less than a point behind Adam in fifth.
Greetham Valley Ladies got off to a winning start in their first round match in the Mail on Sunday team knockout competition on Sunday, beating local rivals Rutland County.
In cold and blustery conditions, Gilly Grant got the team off to a good start by beating Imogen Huxley 6&5.
Next up was Sue Brand who kept up the pressure by beating Ann Milsom 2&1. Anne McCulloch also won her game beating Suzanne Huxley two up.
Pat Jamieson and Michelle Powell halved their match to give Greetham the win before scratch player Sophie Beardsall, giving Trisha Clark 23 shots, lost 7&5.
Greetham Valley will find out who their next opponents will be later this month.