Mickey surges through to win Mytton Fold’s Winter Series

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MICKEY ‘Tee Peg’ Walsh surged through the field to take the win in the final round of Mytton Fold Golf Club’s Winter Series, and with it the overall Winter Singles Championship.

Four players were in with a chance of the overall Winter Series win going into the last round. At the start of play, and with 10 points up for grabs, Frank Hindle held a slender three point lead over Walsh with Mick Kelbie a further three back.

The final player, with an outside chance of taking the series win, was Luke Chadwick, a challenging nine points behind the leader.

Hindle started with a horror, hitting a tree at the first. Kelbie, too, was struggling in the extremely draughty conditions. With these two out of the reckoning, Chadwick, playing off a winter handicap of five, was first in the clubhouse with an excellent 29 points over the shortened 16-hole winter course.

Neither Hindle nor Kelbie would trouble the winners, both netting 21 points. Walsh was the last potential championship winner home, and his 30 points was enough to win both on the day, and the Winter Championship.

Hindle, despite his no-score on the final day held on to the runner-up spot. Chadwick came through to take third, with Kelbie taking fourth.

In the day’s competition, four players came home with 29 points, with count-backs awarding Eddie Scott second place, Garry Davies third, Luke Chadwick fourth and Jim Bridge sixth spot.

The Winter Pairs final was also resolved on Saturday, with the top four pairs in the Winter League involved in a final day shoot-out.

Season-long leaders Captain John Berry and Secretary Dave Clegg carded 34 points over 16 holes in their match with Captain Elect Gordon Lucas/Martin Holden (28 points). In the other match Wayne Ivinson and John Welch came home with 30 points, but it was the pairing of Peter Main and Dave Halsall who came through once again to pip the leaders at the post with a massive 37 points and take the title.

The Ladies of Mytton Fold held their spring ‘Bunny Hop’, an event to replace the Chicken Run which had to be cancelled in January due to bad weather. Five new lady members and three junior girls swelled the entry list and joined in the fun.

Jean Sanderson won the nine-hole event, scoring 18 points, beating Linda Clegg on a card playoff. Carole Maher came in third, just one point in arrears.

On Sunday Mytton Fold’s team of John Berry, Dave Clegg, Tony Wilson, Phil Hammond and Jan Van Boeckel defeated Preston Golf Club 3½ to 1½ in their second round of the Mail on Sunday Classic competition.