Trevor Smith leads the trio of favourites heading into an exciting final round of Greetham Valley Golf Clubs Winter Order of Merit.
The odds are shortening on the eventual winner after the cancellation of the last three rounds of the 24 game series due to weather.
Three weeks ago 20 players were in contention but it is now a mad dash for the leaders with the winner likely to emerge from the top three of club captain Smith, Paul Jenkinson and Steve Anderson. All three would have to endure nightmare rounds to allow fourth-placed Carl Causebrook or fifth-placed Tony Mould to bridge a wide gap.
Only 15 points separate the top trio and second place would secure Smith the 2013 title.
The leaders will go out onto the course last as a three ball. Ahead of them will be last year’s winner, Adam Clegg who returns from an injury sustained skiing. He and several others could still improve their positions and be among the prizes awarded for all positions down to 12th.
Organiser Neil Harris has added a further twist to the competition to keep the interest going for players outside of the top 12. He has put aside a separate fund to reward the top player outside of the main prizes with the most points gained in rounds played on a Saturday or Sunday.
The final round will take place on the Lakes Course on Sunday, April 7.
The Winter Order of Merits has been confirmed as a club competition for next year but club secretary Dennis Millington has confirmed that the Winter League competition will still go ahead providing there are enough entrants.
l The finals of Greetham’s winter league, due to be played on Sunday, were snowed off.
The semi-final was played a week earlier in atrocious conditions, with Ben Gasson and Matt Asher scheduled to play Peter Key and Peter Zimmer Smith. Unfortunately Key had to play them on his own as his partner couldn’t play due to a long standing family commitment but he pushed his opponents hard, taking it to the 14th where he finally lost 5&3.
Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith beat Bill Skinner and Graham Day 4&3 to face Gasson and Asher in the final. A date for the match has not been confirmed.