Former captain hits maiden hole-in-one

Peter McDonald Pearce struck his first hole-in-one
Peter McDonald Pearce struck his first hole-in-one
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Former seniors captain Peter McDonald Pearce struck his first hole-in-one on the valley course at Greetham last week.

Peter’s ace came on the par three third where, hitting into a strong headwind, he selected a six iron. The flag was on the far left of the green which gave the choice of hitting over branches for the flag or going for the middle of the green.

Peter went for the direct route and hit the ball cleanly over the trees. The ball landed six inches out and spun back into the hole.

l The 17th week of the Winter Order of Merit brought yet another first time winner, with Ray Hughes returning a solid 39 points to win.

He edged out Trevor Smith who scored an equally impressive 39 playing off scratch. Ray will now play off ten and Trevor off plus one in the next round. Andrew Queen finished third on 38, pushing Terry Smith into fourth on countback.

Paul Jenkinson produced another solid round and came in with 37 points to move to the top of the order of merit for the first time with 186, deposing previous leader Ian Copley into second, nine points behind.

George Grant moves up to third with 161, just four ahead of Tony Mould who didn’t play this week. Injured reigning champion Adam Clegg fell another place to fifth.

A total of 31 players have finished in the weekly top three places. Neil Harris is the only player in the top 25 still playing off his original handicap.

l Greetham Valley bowed out of the national Mail on Sunday competition at Priors Hall where home advantage proved decisive.

Trevor Smith won 2&1 to set Greetham up on the right track and Fraser Denholm continued the trend winning 2-up.

Steve Anderson managed a half in a game that swung backwards and forwards for the whole round before Wayne Terrett lost 7&6.

With everything hanging on the last match, Neil Harris fought back twice from two down to level the match coming in to the final hole. The team just needed a half to secure a win but Neil’s shot lipped out on the final par putt.

With the overall match all square, Greetham lost in a sudden death shoot-out.