Fred Aspin rocketed from 23rd to seventh in the Greetham Valley Winter Order of Merit with his first win of the series at the weekend.
Round 12 started in fog but after just a couple of holes the sun burst through to give perfect golfing conditions and the competitors took advantage to return much better scores than during the recent wet weather.
Aspin, playing off 13, shot the best score of the day with 43 to take first place. As a result he drops two shots ahead of the next round.
He played with George Grant, Graham Smith and Paul Jenkinson. Among the highlights of their round, the quartet all hit the green on the difficult par three 14th and almost came off with the perfect score. Fred, George and Paul all birdied it and Graham parred it.
Steff Dutton was second with 41 points and will play off five in the next round. Graham Smith took third spot with 40 and was docked 0.5, taking him to three.
Overall leader Adam Clegg, now playing off two, didn’t have a very good day but still leads the competition with 152 points. Ian Copley is only four points behind him in second while Paul Jenkinson has crept quietly up the table each week and now sits in third, less than four points behind Ian. Dave Copley dropped to fourth with 141 points with the ever-dependable Graham Smith moving up a position into fifth just eight points behind.
A new year at Greetham
Greetham Valley’s new captains have begun their year with a change of officials at the club.
Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty have taken over from Jim Wheeler and Eileen Pare as captains and have made an excellent start to the fundraising start in their efforts to raise money for the Premature Baby Department at the Peterborough City Hospital. Their first event raised £400.
Before the new captains could take over the reins, the highly pressurised drive in on the 10th took place.
This is not a hole for the faint hearted as participants have to get over a lake, a ditch and a large and inviting chunk of rough - all in front of members cheering them on - but the quartet managed it with ease.
After that, club members took part in a nine hole combined pairs Stableford competition.
Honours on the front nine were taken by 2013 vice-captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman with 33 with Dennis Millington and Chris Harper second with 30.
The back nine was not as straight forward. Two teams came in with 34 points and had to be separated on countback. Matt Williams and Michael Fish had the better final three holes and took the win, Matt’s father-in-law Glenn Sharpe and Graham Smith were second.
Neil Harris will take over as first team captain and Alan Bennett will carry on in charge of the second team.
Bev Dolman will captain the mixed team and Shaun Denholm the B team.
Jackie Friend will continue as ladies league captain, Neil Sellars will look after the C team and Rod Wells the seniors.
Sam Ewing takes over as Junior Captain.