Greetham series remains wide open

Winner of week 20 at Greetham Valley Golf Club, Alan Bennett
Winner of week 20 at Greetham Valley Golf Club, Alan Bennett
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Greetham Valley Golf Club’s Winter Order of Merit remains tight at the top with 30 players still in contention going into the final rounds.

Series leader Paul Jenkinson missed week 20 due to injury and slipped behind Trevor Smith, who took over at the top of the league with 224 points, 12 ahead of Paul. Steve Anderson drops to third just three points behind Paul.

Last week’s winner, Carl Causbrook, drops down a place to fourth and another previous winner Tony Mould is in fifth.

This week’s winner was second team skipper Alan Bennett, whose victory lifts him up nine places to 12th.

Bennett, playing off seven, won with a massive 41 points. He finished the front nine two under and level on the back and is docked two points ahead of the next round, on Sunday.

Second was club captain Trevor Smith who, playing off plus two, shot another sub-par round to come in with 37. Behind him, Fraser Denholm headed a group of three on 36 points to take third, pushing Steff Dutton and Bob Beverley back into a tie for fourth.

Next year, the competition which started as an alternative to the winter league, will be adopted as an official club competition.

In the quarter finals of the club’s Winter League Ben Gasson and Matt Asher beat Neil Crees and Bernard Bell four and three. They will face Peter Zimmer Smith and Peter Key, who beat Steve Sharples and Mick Jones six and five, in the semi-finals.

Bill Skinner and Graham Day beat the previously unbeaten pair of Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbit on the last hole and will take on Peter Dickinson and Pete Smith, who beat Gary Graham and Kevin Burdall three and one.

The semi-finals will be played on March 16.