Frank blows away the competition on shortened Mytton Fold course

Frank Hindle
Frank Hindle

It was game, set and match when Frank Hindle dominated Mytton Fold’s latest round of their Winter Singles at the very moist Langho course.

His 33 points over the shortened 16-hole winter course was good enough to give him the win, leaving him two points clear of squabbling winter specialists Nigel Fairhurst and Steve Worrall, the former getting the nod on a card playoff. A point of coincidence was that all three podium places were taken by 9-handicap golfers.

Gary Ashton came home fourth, a further two points in arrears and closely followed by John Berry (28 points) and Jim Tierney (27 points). The final Winter Singles point scorers were led home by last week’s winner Baz Hargreaves with Mike Chatburn, Mick Mahon and Ray Standring all scrabbling home with 26 points.

Such was Frank Hindle’s domination of the day that he almost had a hole in one at the ninth, his ball hitting the flag, dropping and stopped a few inches from the hole. All was not lost as his tap in for a ‘two’ netted him the whole of the Twos Pot! Phew, a hefty bar bill avoided and a profit on the day!

In the Winter League’s Order of Merit Nigel Fairhurst extends his lead to 11 points over second placed Jim Bridge with Mike Chatburn and Steve Worrall hard on his heels.

In the Winter Pairs Nigel Fairhurst and Gary Ashton strengthened their third place with a top-scoring 38 points. Frank Hindle and Mick Mahon (37 points) were hard on their heels this week, but are currently someway off making the end of season top-4 qualifying group. Current league leaders Wayne Ivinson/John Welch could only muster 34 points which failed to add to their best-9 scores. Ray Standring/Garry Davies also managed a 34 pointer, as did a singleton Dave Halsall as partner Peter Main was away enjoying the Scottish sun.

At Whalley Golf Club, James Kennerley who plays off 7 had a fantastic round of golf in the Jamie Hunt Order of Merit winter comp.

James posted 33 points from 13 holes to take first prize. His round got off to a great start with 2 pars and 2 birdies in the first 4 holes and an astounding 24pts after nine.

James would like to thank his playing partners Roy and Colin for spurring him on, and a big well done to the greens staff for enabling the competition to be played after such awful weather.

Second place went to E Gierat with a great 30pts and 3rd place going to J Kearsley who posted a steady 28pts.

Order of Merit leader board is –1st, K Moore 23pts; 2nd, CT Elliott and J Kennerley with 22pts each; 3rd with 21pts P Chalker. Only two two’s on the day, J Kennerley and J Wade.

Next Order of Merit competition will be held on 14th February.