Chris Chadwick just squeezed out the win last Saturday when Mytton Fold Golf Club played the penultimate Winter Singles round over the shortened 16-hole course.
A hard frost required that winter greens were the order of the day and the shorter course was balanced by the unpredictable bounce on the rock-hard ground.
Chris’ 38 points just pipped recent winner Matt Oakley on a card play-off and left John Welch one point in arrears in third spot.
Just out of the prizes were Dave Bolton and Gary Aldred both with 36 points and again split on their back-nine scores.
Gary’s six points, however, takes him to the top of the Order of Merit.
This week’s final round leaves Gary, together with Dave Clegg, John Berry and Steve Worrall all with a chance to take overall honours.
In the Ladies’ Section, Brenda Griffith cemented her runaway win at the top of the ladies’ Order of Merit.
The Twos Pot was split six ways, but some took a double helping on the way.
“Double dippers” Chris Chadwick and Garry Davies had birdies on both the first and the 11h while Nigel Fairhurst was one under par at the ninth, as was Phil Hammond at the 11th.
In the final weekend of the Winter Pairs league, the top scorers were Peter Main and Phil Hammond with 44 points, closely followed by Keith Fitzhenry and Barrie Walmsley with42, but it was too little, too late for the Langho pairing and they failed to make next weekend’s top-four winner -takes -all shootout.
So, after many weeks of golf in snow, hail, ice, rain and the occasional sunbeam, the finalists are Gary Aldred/Richard Greaves, Wayne Ivinson/John Welch, Phil Hammond/Peter Main and Martin Holden/Nick Avino.
The Winters Pairs play-off on Sunday, March 1st will be as previous years. with the league winners playing the fourth-placed pairing and the second-placed and third-placed pairings playing each other.
Tee times have been booked: 8:54 Phil Hammond/Peter Main and John Welch/Wayne Ivinson; 9:02 Richard Greaves/Gary Aldred and Martin Holden/ Nic Avino.
At Whalley, it was the latest of the Jamie Hunt Pro Winter Competitions on Saturday, with Kevin Walker romping to victory.
The competition was over 18 holes this week and Walker posted 39 points, just beating Stuart Andrews, who also had 39, on a card play-off.
Third place went to John Hyde with 38.
Order of merit positions are - John Hamilton first with 24 points, Paul Wray second with 23, and Roy Ellis third on 21.
Two’s on the day went to P. Fletcher, K. Walker, M. Conroy, M. Bartle, D. Blanch and R. Ellis.