Adam Clegg became the tenth winner this winter’s Order of Merit at Greetham Valley when players returned to action in week 11 after the previous week’s washout.
Torrential rain and high winds forced organiser Neil Harris to abandon round ten, turning it into a nine hole roll-up instead with no points towards the merit standings.
Week 11 was again windy but all the players began in dry conditions, finally returning another first-time winner in a wide open league.
When the rain did arrive, the lead group had only four holes remaining while the final player had it as a companion from hole seven. Yet with the worst of the weather to contend with, the top three came from this group.
Nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson, ten handicapper Peter Bagshaw and Adam Clegg, off four, all had 19 points on the front nine and after 15 they were still tied.
Paul who had been playing steady golf all the way until then had his first bad hole when he double bogied the 16th to drop behind the other two. Adam had a good par save but Peter excelled by chipping in for a birdie to take the lead.
Peter then ended in the 15 foot deep green-side bunker on the 17th with his second shot and managed to get a five out of it but Adam parred it to send the pair to the final hole all square. The pair parred that too for 38 points, with Adam claiming the victory on countback. Paul went one better on the 18th, with a birdie, but had to settle for third overall with 36 points.
Adam loses two shots, Peter one and Paul was docked point five ahead of the next round.
The top 20 have now all had shots taken off them apart from Wayne Terrett who is climbing steadily up the leader board and sits in eighth.
Adam, who won last year’s competition, moves from fourth place to lead the series with 151, pushing the previous leader Ian Copley into second place by just four points. Dave Copley is now third and sits a further seven points behind. Paul Jenkinson with 128 moves into fourth and Paul Clegg, who didn’t play due in week 11, drops a place to fifth 29 points behind his son Adam.
The biggest jump of the week came from Peter Bagshaw who moves from 23 to seventh.
In the following pack 18 points covers sixth to 20th position so anybody who can string two or three good weeks together can easily challenge the current leaders.
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Weather for Stamford
Tuesday 21 May 2013
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