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Less than three shots separating top trio at Toft in Winter Eclectic

Toft Seniors section have taken advantage of the unseasonal January weather over the past month by playing four competitions with more than 55 entrants participating in each event.

More than 60 players took part in the fourth round of the Winter Eclectic which is decided over the course of 10 rounds.

Although played in murky conditions scoring was particularly high with third place being taken by Eric Wilson with 39 points on countback from Chris Elsey.

Rod Campbell thought he had won the competition with 40 points but the outstanding performance of the day went to Paul Stark (26) with a magnificent score of 44 points, which subsequently resulted in an end of year handicap reduction.

Toft Seniors about to tee off in the AM-AM Competition. (6899355)
Toft Seniors about to tee off in the AM-AM Competition. (6899355)

The fifth round was also played in gloomy conditions.

Paul Stark continued his recent run of good form by taking third place with 39 points on countback from Nigel Daniels, Robert Casboult and David Haycox.

Second place was taken by Paul Shaw with 40 points and the winner was Graham Hughes (11) also with 40 points.

The sixth round was played last week with 55 entrants.

Taking third place was John Lewis with 39 points while Alan Barnes (6) had a fine round with a gross score of 72 despite a double bogey on the last hole, which included five birdies and nine pars, to claim second spot with 41 points.

However, he was pipped by another player currently in excellent form as Roger Smitheringale (26) returned 42 points.

With four rounds to play the overall Winter Eclectic positions, which are calculated based on net scores at each hole, there is still all to play for with less than three shots separating the top three positions.

In third position currently is Roger Smitheringale with 59.7, in second position with 58.2 is Kevin Clayton and in top spot is Alan Barnes with 56.2.

The first AM AM fun competition of the year was played under stableford scoring.

Participants played in teams of four, with the two best scores counting on each hole using each player's normal handicap.

Although played off the winter tees on a cold day with a stiff breeze the scoring was again particularly high with the first three teams all returning 89 points or more.

The winners with a remarkable score of 98 points was the team of David Chappell, Barry Harriman, Harry Woolford and Eric King.

Second place with 90 points was taken by Bob Gore, Paul Shaw, Eric Wilson and Dean Regan while third place with 89 points went to the team of Roy Lewis, Ray Bills, John Lewis and Colin Pearce. The highlight of the day was a hole in one at the 10th hole by David Sharp.

Toft Seniors about to tee off in the AM-AM Competition.

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