Matt masters elements at Mytton Fold Golf Club

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WITH the flags being whipped by a gale to 45°, and golfers struggling to remain steady for their tee shots, golf continued as normal at Mytton Fold Golf Club over the weekend.

One small scrap of comfort was that the high winds started to dry the course following weeks of rainfall.

Making the most of the conditions was Matt Walsh, who carded an impressive 38 points over the shortened 16-hole winter course.

Matt started in the best way possible by birdying the first hole to take a third of the twos pot.

Three points behind came Frank Havard in second followed by a three-way fight for the final podium position.

Frank Hindle, complete with recently implanted bionic knee, demonstrated that the surgeon’s knife had not blunted his golfing skills by taking third spot ahead of John Berry and Luke Chadwick.

The winner’s father, Mick Walsh, shared in the twos money with Frank Havard, both players birdying the 11th hole.

The Order of Merit still has Steve Rusyn (42 points) heading the way, with Dave Clegg just four points behind.

Gary Aldred (36 points) remains in third with fast-closing Frank Havard (31 points) and Matt Walsh (28 points) occupying the next two positions.

In the Ladies’ section it was a second successive win for Jean Havard just ahead of Doreen Hammond and Tarja Wilson.

In the Ladies’ Order of Merit, Doreen Hammond is holding onto her lead ahead of Judith Kay and Jean Havard.

Heading the Winter Pairs this week were Handicaps Chairman Peter Main and Dave Halsall.

Their 40 points were enough to see off second-placed club captain Gordon Lucas and Martin Holden by a single point.

They, in turn, were followed by John Berry and Dave Clegg in third with 38 points and Saturday early-birds Ian Thomson and John Whittaker with 37 points.

With teams now dropping their lowest scores and with just nine scores to count, the leader board is taking shape. Berry and Clegg have a narrow lead over Halsall/Main, Jan Van Boeckel/Steve Rusyn and Thomson/Whittaker.

However the chasing teams have lower scores to drop, and have it all to play for.