Mytton’s Ian is at the double

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FROSTY conditions were not enough to put off Ian Hopcraft as he made it a second win in consecutive weeks when he won the Mytton Fold Golf Club’s Winter Singles match on Saturday.

Played over the shortened 16-hole winter course, he hit an amazing 72-20-52 to finish one shot clear of Mick Kelbie (67-14-53).

In third place, Bob Devine (75-21-54) led home a four-way fight with Baz Hargreaves (73-19-54), Mick Walsh (72-18-54) and Richard Greaves (75-21-54), all requiring the attention of the Competitions Chairman to rank them via a card playoff.

With Frank Hindle failing to get on this week’s leader board, Mike Walsh shot back to head the league table, with Mick Kelbie climbing to third overall. Hopcraft’s two wins now take him up to eighth place overall.

Just two players split the Twos Pot, with both Frank Tunstall and Kevin Shanley birdying the first hole.

In the Pairs Winter League, Frank Hindle, with playing partner Mick Mahon were top scorers with 41 points over the 16 holes. League leaders captain John Berry and secretary Dave Clegg were just one point behind, as were the pairings of Wayne Ivinson/John Welch and Mick Kelbie/Matt Walsh.

With ten rounds of the Pairs competition now having been played, and players’ best nine scores counting, the leading pairings of Berry/Clegg and captain elect Gordon Lucas/Martin Holden will have to start dropping their lowest scores.

With several pairings still to add to their league tally, and in touching distance with the leaders, the competition is far from over.

• Stonyhurst Park Golf Club held its re-arranged Christmas Mixed Texas Scramble last Sunday, handicaps being combined and divided by 10.

A nearly full field were treated to a lovely January day, complemented by warm mince pies on arrival and a turkey dinner after the competition to round off the afternoon. Runners up with a net score of 55.2 were Steve Clash, Graham Monk and Jim & Jan Walker.

The winners, by a narrow margin, but with an impressive 54.8 were Steve Alcock, John Whowell, Karl Hargreaves and Ann Hudson.