Gary brings home bacon

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The hunter-gatherers were out in force at Langho’s Mytton Fold Golf course over the weekend.

The annual Turkey Shoots were held on Saturday – in the frosty but dry conditions – for the men, but the ladies were in for a much damper outing on Sunday.

The men had to play on the shortened 16-hole winter course, complete with winter greens, for the first time this year.

Gary Aldred made the most of the conditions, carding 39 points, three clear of a gang comprising Peter Kiddie, John Parkinson, Mick Kelbie and Keith Fitzhenry.

Peter Main and Tony Cross both had 35 points and Nick Avino and Steve Worrall rounded off the top 10 prizewinners with 34 points.

All top ten finishers took home the bacon (or turkey/beef/pork) as their reward for a job well done.

To put the icing on the cake Captain Mick Bryan, Nigel Fairhurst and Paul Ashworth split the twos pot when they birdied the first, second and ninth holes respectively.

What a difference a day makes, and Sunday brought rain, hail and a brief sunny interval for the Ladies’ Turkey Shoot on Sunday.

Back on the summer greens, top lady was Allison Nuttall with 26 points.

Jean Havard (also on 26 points) finished in second place following a card playoff, and Pauline White came home third with 24 points.

It was the third game in this year’s Whalley Winter Order of Merit competition on Saturday.

And gathering himself 10 points was Mike Conroy, posting 29 points over 13 holes.

This was a great knock under difficult conditions, with the winter holes the size of a 50 pence piece - and a similar shape!

Second place went to John Heap (29 points) being beaten on a card play-off, while third went to Simon Lightbown (27 points).

There was only one birdie on the day, going to Colin T Elliott with a cheeky little chip on the 12th hole.

The leader board to date is as follows; tied on 10 points each Dick Ferley, Roy Ellis and Mike Conroy, tied for second place are the three Johns, Kearsley, Rostron and Heap.