Clegg notches order of merit win despite the wind at Greetham Valley

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A howling gale welcomed the winter order of merit players playing in round 16 on the Lakes course on Saturday.

Paul Clegg was probably the only person playing who seemed to have no problems with the conditions.

Clegg, off six, dropped just the two shots on the front nine having had back-to-back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes to end the front nine with 19 points.

On the tougher back nine, he dropped just the one shot, on the par five 16th, to finished with a magnificent total of 39 points and was the only 
player to break par on the day.

Paul’s son Adam, who is also a single figure handicapper, did not fare as well as his father. He had to retire after four holes having injured himself during the week.

Andy Webb, off 17, came in second with a brilliant 35 and was cut to 16 for the next round.

Nick Cunnington, off three, had another steady week, he like Neil Crees and Kev Hingle came in with 34 points but Nick took it on countback thanks to better scoring over the last six holes.

Three players, Carl Causbrook, Darren Haughton and Graham Smith all came in with 33 points.

Adie Cunningham, who did not play this week, still holds a commanding lead in the overall table. He is 70 points ahead of Kev Hingle,

Carl Causbrook is a further 10 points behind him. David Copley, Graham Smith and Trevor Smith are bunched close together, with Steve Anderson, Nick Cunnington, Fred Aspin and Peter Bagshaw completing the top ten.

Fifty seven players have played in the competition so far this year, in the top 30, only two players, Chris Wheatland and John Sparks, have yet to experience a handicap cut.

Graham Smith, playing off two, leads the field in the Saturday rounds with 163 points, 36 points ahead of 
Peter Bagshaw in second. Overall leader Adie Cunningham tops the Sunday list with 195 points, he is 70 ahead of Dave Copley.

The Ladies played their round five order of merit in the same rough conditions.

Ten handicapper Liz Haughton showed her class to take the win this week to move closer to the top of the leaderboard.

Susie Ellis had another fine round to take second place and Hayley Hunt kept up the pressure to take third place.

Hayley has a commanding overall lead with 97 points, Liz Haughton is in second place with 63 point five and Susie Ellis rounds off the top three with 53 points.

Despite strong winds and rain, Neil Lowndes had a fantastic round in the February seniors medal.

Neil, off nine, won the medal, division one and the lowest gross with a brilliant net 66.

Three players were separated on countback after they all came home with a net 71.

Jack Vernal playing off his new handicap of 14 took second, Keith Heppenstall was third and Steve Taylor was pushed out of the money into fourth.

Bob Harmes won division two with a net 70 on countback from Ian Kellam. Ian had the small consolation of taking the lowest gross in the division with an 89.

Denis Watts took third place ahead of Derek Palmer, they both came in with net 72 score.