Three club challenge ends the year

Barry Tillotson, Peter MacDonald-Pearce, Mike Guy and Rod Wells at Greetham Valley Golf Club
Barry Tillotson, Peter MacDonald-Pearce, Mike Guy and Rod Wells at Greetham Valley Golf Club
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Greetham Valley Golf Club

GREETHAM seniors held their traditional final contest of the year, the three club competition, as always on the first Monday in December .

The competition was played on the Lakes course and the format was Stableford with a full handicap allowance. Players can use two clubs of any size plus a putter and it is usually half way down the first or second hole that most players realise that they have selected the wrong clubs.

The change in temperature and frost on the greens also often influence the winning score which is usually 40 or 41 points. But this year it dropped dramatically with winner Peter Palmer needing only 33 points to claim the trophy.

Peter Morris was presented with the Stuart Dodd Trophy which is awarded annually to the most improved golfer - the senior with the biggest handicap drop over a 12 month period. Morris’ handicap fell from 28 to 21 this year.

After the game, the seniors held a meeting to elect their captain for 2012. This is really a formality as officials in the senior section do a three year stint of treasurer, vice-captain and finally captain.

Peter MacDonald-Pearce took over from Mike Guy for 2012 and Rod Wells becomes vice-captain. Barry Tillotson was elected treasurer.

l WEEK 7 in the winter order of merit was played in cold and windy conditions on the Lakes course but that didn’t deter Adam Clegg who came in with an impressive 42 points.

Adam moves ahead of his father, Paul, who had won the previous week, leaping from 37th to 15th.

Carl Causbrook was second with 40 points and he also had a big move, rising six places up to fifth.

Steff Dutton scored 38 points and moves into third place on 124.8 points.

Dave Copley remains second with 129.7 points. He is playing a steady but canny game, picking up good points every week without getting his handicap cut. He hasn’t been out of the top three since week two.

However, the man they all have to beat is Bob Beverley who retains the top spot with 135.5 points.

Stoke Rochford Golf Club

STOKE Rochford Seniors Winter Warmers competition was a drawn pairs better ball this week.

Winners on countback with 40 points were Les Cooper and Jarvis Peden. Second were their playing partners, Roy Rowe and Dave Hudson, who also ended on 40 points. Third on countback and with 39 points were Greg Ewart and Colin Dunn making his debut appearance with Stoke Seniors. Also on 39 points were Jim Price and Dave Waling, Alan Hayward and Mick Rance.

Overall leader after five rounds is Les Cooper with 15 points, Keith Eddy has 13 and Joe Lindley 12.