Wet weather hits Mytton Fold aces

THIS weekend's golf was played in somewhat damp conditions at Mytton Fold, with flippers replacing golf shoes on the sodden track.

It was even too wet for Mick Walsh's infamous Slippery Frog chipper as he sank to eighth, relinquishing his Winter League second spot.

Past captain Frank Hindle shot to the top of the league table, heading the field with 34 points, two ahead of Luke Chadwick and three ahead of junior Kyle Furlong.

Gary Aldred, despite being beaten into fourth place on a card play-off, takes second spot in the league.

In the Winter Pairs it was a win for captain John Berry and Dave Clegg, with their 36 points extending their leading position in the league.

Frank Hindle and Mick Mahon (32 points) came in second, with the Wilson brothers, Tony and Dave, just one point further back.

Chris Czyzyk and Nick Avinowere so eager to find a dry haven that they squelched in from the 16th refusing the points available fromskimming their balls down the 17th and 18th fairways.

Despite this, they remain in third place in the league behind the pairing of captain elect Gordon Lucas/Martin Holden.

• Amateur golfers in the North West will have a brand new matchplay competition to compete in next season.

The Northern Matchplay Golf Championship is a season-long tournament initially split into six counties.

Golfers who are attached to a club in Lancashire will compete against each other on a knockout basis trying to reach their 36-hole 'county' final, to be held at West Lancs Golf Club next autumn.

The winners at each regional final venue will progress to the two-day expenses paid Grand Final at The Alwoodley Golf Club in September, where the winners of Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland and Yorkshire will join them to determine the overall champions of the North.

There is an Individual and Betterball Pairs competition both played off handicap. The opening round is played over 36 holes on a 'home and away' basis so players are assured of at least one round away from their home course. A draw is then made for home advantage in subsequent rounds.

West Lancs regularly features in top 100 rankings and is used by the R&A as Open Championship qualifying venues.

To enter you must be a male golfer, aged 16 or over on 31st March 2011, with an active CONGU handicap. The entry-fee is 15 per person or 25 per pair. Go to www.northernmatchplay.com