Baz Hargreaves beat the weather, and the field, when he won the latest round of the Winter Singles at Mytton Fold Golf Club on Saturday.
The weekend dawned clear and dry, but with our now traditional weather forecast to arrive by lunchtime, there was a rush of eager golfers to set out early-doors to beat the expected deluge.
Despite the course being very moist underfoot, Baz, playing off an adjusted winter handicap for the shortened 16-hole winter course, returned an outstanding 67-16-51 to take the win, and a further handicap reduction.
Two shots in arrears was Jim Tierney (73-19-54) who took second and was, in turn, another two clear of Paul Ashworth (80-24-56).
Just out of the prizes was Steve Worrall (69-12-57) who just beat Richard Greaves (84-27-57) on a card play-off.
In the Winter Order of Merit the two horse race between Nigel Fairhurst and Jim Bridge was unchanged as Jim was AWOL and Nigel’s game went the same way.
Never one to go home empty handed, Frank Hindle dipped into the Twos Pot once again when he birdied the ninth, but Steve Korab’s birdie at the first made sure that he didn’t have it all his own way.
In the Winter Pairs Kevin Shanley and Jim Tierney were top scorers this week with 38 points, just one ahead of current table-toppers Wayne Ivinson and John Welch.
Dave Griffith/Steve Worrall took third spot with 36 points whilst Nick Avino/Martin Holden carded 35 points.
• Whalley Golf Club have a number of open competitions this year.
March 22nd sees the Men’s 9-Hole Open (£8), followed by the The May Open Team Event Fourball Stableford on May 21st (£38 per team), and the Men’s Jubilee Open Fourball on May 24th (£20 per pair).
Next up is the Men’s Singles Open on June 14th (£10), with the Men’s Senior Open Fourball (55-plus, tee from noon) on July 24th, at £20 per pair.
The Men’s Open Four-Man Team is on August 9th (£40 per team), with the Men’s Open Fourball on September 20th (£20 per pair).
The Ladies’ Open Team Event Fourball Stableford is on July 2nd (£38 per team), with the August Open Team Event Full Handicap Stableford (£30 per team of three) on August 2nd.
The Ladies’ Turkey Shoot 9-Hole Stableford is on December 4th (£6).
The Open Mixed Greensome Stableford, for teams of four, is on May 18th (£40 per team) and the Open Mixed Fourball Stableford on June 15th, at £24 per couple.