Winter season comes to a close at Mytton Fold

Winter Pairs overall winners Peter Main and Dave Halsall are pictured

Winter Pairs overall winners Peter Main and Dave Halsall are pictured

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AS Spring tries to rear its head, Mytton Fold Golf Club’s members brought their Winter competition programme to a close over the weekend.

In the Winter Singles, the longer course reverted to 16 of the summer greens. John Parkinson, playing off a winter handicap of 11 took an excellent win with a nett score of 51, eight under par.

A measure of how well John had played was illustrated by the fact the fight for the minor places on the rostrum was some five shots behind, where Ian Hopcraft beat Steve Worrell on a card play-off.

Victory for the men’s Order of Merit was sealed last week by club secretary Dave Clegg, so players were again scrapping for the runner-up slot.

Although beaten by son Matt on the day, Mickey Walsh’s eighth spot was enough to clinch second place and family honour, while Steve Rusyn finished third overall.

In the ladies’ section it was a win for Past Lady Captain Jean Havard ahead of Lady Captain-Elect Doreen Hammond and Tarja Wilson.

In the Ladies’ Order of Merit, the first two positions were reversed, with Doreen Hammond winning and Jean Havard in the runner-up slot.

Sunday saw the final of the Winter Pairs, where the season’s top four pairings slugged it out for overall honours. The winners Dave Halsall and Peter Main came home with 40 points to take the title.

Ian Thomson/John Whittaker were awarded the runner-up position ahead of Dave Clegg and Past Captain John Berry, both pairings having carded 37 points.

• ON Saturday, Stonyhurst Park Golf club played Whalley GC in the second round of the Mail on Sunday Classic competition, at Whalley. Stonyhurst Park won 3-2 and progress to the next round. The team consisted of S. Clash, G. Monk, M. Kerrigan, J. Walker and captain R. Robinson.

This year’s Winter League knockout competition came to an exciting climax with the overall winners Jim Walker and Ted Crosby knocking last year’s winners Captain Ray Robinson and John Buxbaum into second place.