Anderson takes top spot on the final day

Steve Anderson won the 2012-13 Winter Order of Merit at Greetham Valley Golf Club
Steve Anderson won the 2012-13 Winter Order of Merit at Greetham Valley Golf Club
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Steve Anderson has become the third player to win the annual Winter Order of Merit at Greetham Valley, clinching the title on Sunday.

Adrian Cunningham won the final round with a massive 46 points but Anderson’s score of 37 - third on the day - was enough to lift him from third to first in the overall standings.

After almost six months of play, the race for the title was realistically a three-way fight between Anderson, Paul Jenkinson and Trevor Smith who narrowly led the trio going into the final round.

Jenkinson, who had been in second place, had a rare off day and slipped to third overall after scoring 29, while Smith, playing off just three, scored 32 and was nudged back into runners-up spot in the overall standings by Anderson.

Anderson began the day in third place, 15 points behind the leader but picked up 30 points towards his league standing, lifting him into the top spot.

Carl Causbrook headed a tightly packed group in fourth with David Copley, Alan Bennett, Tony Mould and Ian Copley fifth to eighth respectively.

Club president Martin Boughton, who won the first competition in 2010/11, finished ninth and organiser Neil Harris crept into tenth.

Last year’s champion, Adam Clegg returned from injury to take the prize for the best Saturday score outside the top 12 and Dennis Millington secured the best Sunday score with a dogged performance in the final event.

Club Secretary Dennis Millington was second on the final day with 38 points.

No individual player won more than once during an extremely tight series.

Neil Harris thanked all 53 members who competed and revealed that £1,253 had been shared out in prizes.

The 2013-14 competition begins on October 26.

l Greetham’s ladies team, who knocked out Burghley Park in the previous round, have been eliminated from the Mail on Sunday team knockout competition by Oundle.

After the teams finished all square Sophie Bearsall took on Pat Silburn in a sudden death play off. Under pressure on the first hole, Sophie was on the green in two but her putt shot lipped out and Pat sunk a two-footer for a par to knock the Valley out.

Results: Gilly Grant beat Liz Swan 7&5; Annie McCulloch beat Ros Riley 3&2; Pat Jamieson lost to Karen Joyce 4&2; Sheila Douty lost to Gerry Robinson 4&3; Sophie Beardsall, who had to give Pat Silburn ten shots, halved their game.