Order of merit remains wide open

Jim Wheeler at Greetham Valley Golf Club
Jim Wheeler at Greetham Valley Golf Club
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There was yet another first-time winner in Greetham Valley’s winter order of merit with Jim Wheeler claiming top spot this week.

After 18 weeks of competition, no player has won it more than once and scores are beginning to reflect the cuts to players’ handicaps during the competition.

Wheeler won with 36 points for a two shot handicap. He will play off 12 in the next round after beating Neil Harris on countback.

Neil, who was the only player still on his original handicap in the top half of the table, has been cut by one shot and will now play off four.

Three players returned a score of 35 with Steve Anderson taking third place after scoring best on the back nine. He will now play off six. Martin Boughton and Ian Cunningham were tied for fourth.

Paul Jenkinson retains top spot in overall order of merit with a 25 point lead over Ian Copley. The consistent Steve Anderson climbs two places into third. Dave Copley has moved back into the top five, taking fourth place and the competition’s organiser Neil Harris leaps 10 places to tie for fifth with George Grant.

Week eighteen winner Jim Wheeler was the biggest mover of the week, leaping 11 places up to 27th.

Six rounds remain with just 100 points between first and 20th.

It is tight at the top of most of the four winter league groups with just one round to go in the round robin knockout stage.

In group one, Gary Graham and Kevin Burdall, on eight points, look favourites to reach the quarter finals. A point from their last game will be enough to confirm their place in the next round. .

In group two, Bernard Bell and Neil Crees, and Bill Skinner and Graham Day have nine points but the third-placed pair of Dave Morgan and Iain Bain could still catch them and force the group to be decided on countback.

The third group is wide open with Matt Asher and Ben Gasson leading with eight points, Les Kowal and Jason Giblett just a point behind, and Kevin Hingle and Andy Webb on six.

In the final group, Mark Hibbitt and Ray Gladwinfield have already qualified for the quarter finals with a perfect score of ten points.