Cold winter winds returned to entertain the 120 players on Greetham’s Lakes course for the first medal of the year on Saturday.
In Division One, Peter Bagshaw off seven had a great round to come in with the lowest gross of the day, a 74, nett 67 but this was only good enough for third place.
Steve Bennoson off nine beat Peter on count back but that only got him into second place. Nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson also shot a gross 74 to share the lowest gross prize but the extra couple of shots counted and Jenkinson took first place with a nett 67.
Jenkinson had an almost faultless round. Shooting ten straight pars then a bogie followed by four more pars. He dropped a shot on the par five sixteenth but finished with two more pars to round a great game off. That however still wasn’t good enough to win the overall medal.
Twenty handicapper Peter Keast playing in Division Two had a round of two equal halves. He shot a 42 on the front nine, four under, including a birdie on the seventh. He started the back nine hoping to hold onto the four shots that he had saved but he did better than save them, he shot the same on the back nine to come in eight under his handicap for a gross 84, nett 64 to win the medal and disappoint Paul Jenkins.
Keast said that on the day his overall game felt pretty good but the real key was his iron shots to the green. He was either on the green or in a good position very close to it. He went on to say that this was his best round ever by some margin and now looks forward to the Anniversary Trophy in April.
Second place in Division Two went to Robert Bailey off eighteen who shot a nett 65. Sixteen handicapper Martin Gore was placed third.
l Members who have been playing in the Winter Order of Merit also had the option of paying an extra pound with their medal fee and having their scores converted into points for the overall WOOM league table.
Paul Jenkins was placed first on the day and lost a shot off his handicap, he will play off eight in the final, he now has 90 points from just two outings. Steve Bennoson was second and loses point five, Peter Bagshaw took third and loses point three. Current leader Martin Gore was fourth. Gore leads the overall table with just the final round to be played on March 29. He has 175 points, Tony Mould is 19 points behind in second. Graham Smith is in third place with 152 and Dave Copley is just six behind him in fourth. Carl Causbrook is in fifth spot with 141 while first round winner Chris Tapsell holds sixth with a 139.
Fifty points are available to the winner in the final round so it is all still to play for. Any of the top six could take it in the final shoot out as only 36 points separates first from sixth.
l While 16 seniors were away on duty in a match at Kibworth the rest of the section took part a stroke play competition. Third place went to Ian Kellham off 19 with a nett 69. Thirteen handicapper Rob Gray shot a nett 67 to be placed second but the winner with a great nett score of 64 was 16 handicapper Terry McNulty.
l Seniors captain Peter Wood has had a fantastic start to this season’s matches. He led the team to victory against Thorney Lakes at home winning by five and a half to two and a half. A few days later the team visited Kibworth golf club and they came away victorious once again with a four and a half to three and a half win.
Wood said that the lads had all worked very hard for each other to take the win.
l Junior captain Ellie Haughton and Hayley Taylor took on Gilly Grant and vice captain Susie Ellis in the Ladies winter final on a cold and very windy day over the weekend.
The game got off to a steady start with two halves until Gilly and Susie seized the initiative by winning the third. Ellie and Hayley quickly bounced back by winning four of the next six holes and halving the other two to go three up after nine. Hayley won the next two holes to put them five up with seven to play. Not to be outdone Ellie halved the next three and that was enough for the pair to take victory on the fourteenth for a five and four win.
Hayley said that she and Ellie had gelled really well and that it was a pleasure to play with her. Gilly and Susie said that they had played very well but that on the day the best pairing took it.
l Father and son pairing Paul and Adam Clegg lost their winter league semi-final match against Ian Bain and Dave Morgan by four and two at the weekend. In the other semi, Peter Smith played a pivotal role when he and Pete Dickinson beat Alan Bennett and Steff Dutton five and four.
This sets up a tantalising final as both pairings have won it previously.
The two Peters have won it for the last two years and are looking for the hat trick. Ian and Dave won it in 2012 and would really like another to their name. The final will be played on the twenty second of March.