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Paddy proves to be model of consistency again

Kay Ropson roared to success in the Ladies Turkey Trot at Greetham Valley which again attracted a full list of entries.

The winners are rewarded with vouchers for Christmas dinner and Kay (8) headed the field of 45 with a score of 36 points.

She started like a train on the Lakes course with birdies on the first two holes and continued very much in this vein over the front nine which she completed in only one over gross for 22 points.

Returning home Kay struggled a bit as two failures (on 11 and 14) pulled her back towards the chasing pack but par finishes on the last three holes just kept her at the top.

Kay Ropson. (6149587)
Kay Ropson. (6149587)

In second place, Peggy Smith (32) was delighted with her round in which she totalled 35, including two pars on the par threes on six and 12.

Regrettably, it was a failure on the 10th which possibly prevented her from bringing home the bacon (or turkey).

Third spot went to Diane Barnett (20) with 34 and in her case it was a failure on the ninth (and also on the 18th) which prevented a higher finish. Diane was however pleased to enter four pars on her card.

The annual Christmas Scramble is always a popular event but this year the weather decided to be particularly vicious with low temperatures and a biting wind which meant that the temperature felt several degrees below.

Nineteen four-ball groups set out which was a great turnout for such horrendous conditions.

The team of Trevor Smith, George Brand, Steve Roche and Dee Hinch scored 60.4 nett thanks to six birdies and one bogey.

The other places were as follows: 2 Craig Allan, Ian Cunningham, Andy Bell and Dee Ginnity with 63 nett (six birdies and three bogeys); 3 Leon Wyche, David O’Leary, Mike Pare and Pat Jamieson with 63.7 nett (three birdies); 4 Neil Crees, Packa Risi and Simon Bell with 63.8 nett (five birdies and one bogey); 5 Bryan Birchall, Peter Maksymiw (Max), Mel Clark and Ellie Haughton with 65.2 nett (four birdies and two bogeys).

In the Seniors Winter League (round four), the weather was much kinder than over the weekend and the scoring on the Valley course went some way to reflecting this as 49 players continued their individual challenges.

For the second week running Paddy Padmore (24) scored in excess of 40 points as he netted a score of 42 (which included a failure on the final hole, otherwise he would have equalled his total from the previous outing).

Paddy was a model of consistency and, apart from double bogeys on the first and 16th, hardly put a foot wrong to end up with four pars and 11 bogeys.

In second spot Keith Stafford (14), who is rapidly gaining a reputation as Mr Consistency, carded 40 points with nine pars and one birdie (on the 17th) but was intensely annoyed to have an aberration on the 12th where he failed to score.

Coming in third place there was a welcome return to form for Radley Wardhaugh (19) with a score of 38 thanks to scores on all holes and a birdie on the third.

Four double bogeys, however, mitigated against his overall score but Radley was delighted to return to the top half of the results table.

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