The gales which faced Mytton Fold Golf Club’s competitors on Saturday posed an ever-present danger on the exposed Langho course as a healthy field competed for the Eurotrophy.
Rangefinders and Shotsavers were meaningless and a distraction as the high winds played havoc with yardages and club selection.
Winner Garry Davies’ ‘malfunction’ with his Shotsaver on the first tee required that he use his experience and skill to master the conditions.
His winning 34 points illustrated the difficulties faced as the field wilted in the wind. Keith Fitzhenry was one point behind, followed by Wayne Ivinson on 32 points.
There were just three ‘twos’ with Mick Kelbie birdying the first and Davies and Steve Gordon the ninth.
The ladies played their March Stableford and again were challenged by the conditions. Allison Nuttall took top honours with 31 points, being pushed all the way by Hazel Sellars (30 points) and Jean Havard in third.
Trevor Thornber came out on top in the Jamie Hunt Winter Order of Merit.
Trevor was leading with one game to go, with Colin T. Elliott in second place, and James Kennerley and Ed Gierat tying for third.
Thornber, Elliott and Kennerley played in a three ball which added to the tension. Kennerley getting off to a good start with a birdie on the second, but Thornber kept on his tail and after nine holes had 19 points with Kennerley one behind, Elliott posting 15 after the front nine.
Thornber then showed his class, chipping within a couple of inches on the 10th and 12th to get his tally to 28 from 13 holes, Kennerley slipping up on the last two holes to post 26, Elliott came back into it with four points on the last hole to get to 25, resulting in Thornber coming third overall and taking the 2013/14 title.
Simon Lightbown, after a winter lay-off, posted a tremendous 31 points, with 23 of those coming after nine holes.
Second also with 31 points was the on form Mike Fletcher. Third place went to Thornber with 28.
There were three twos for M. Earle, S. Shoreman and D. Blanch. A big thanks goes out to Jamie for organising the competition.
Bartle and Graves dug in to win the Whalley Winter Knockout Final on Saturday.
J. Kearsley and D. Blanch played Bartle and B. Graves.
Kiersley and Blanch took an early lead following a great approach shot from Blanch, setting up a birdie opportunity, and the third was won by Kearsley and Blanch, putting them two up after three holes.
One down at the turn, Graves and Bartle then won the next five holes to get a four up lead with four to play.
Kiersley and Blanch then won the next two holes with some excellent long-range birdie putts.
The 17th hole was halved, giving Bartle and Graves the win 2 and 1.