Ray Standring led the field home on Saturday when members of Mytton Fold Golf Club played in the latest round of the Winter Singles competition.
With a cold and damp morning treating golfers to several lashings of rain, and sometimes hail, the scores were somewhat as depressing as the weather.
Classifying the weather as “a little draughty”, Ray made light of the conditions, carding 33 Stableford points over the 16-hole shortened winter course.
John Parkinson pushed him close, matching Ray’s score, but just losing out on a card play-off.
Just one point behind came the irrepressible John Berry, followed by early bird Dave Wilson on 31 points.
Last week’s winner, Graham Plant mined his current seam of form for fifth spot with 30 points, just pipping past captain Phil Hammond in a card play-off.
Seven players shared the twos pot, with John Parkinson, Phil Hammond, Richard Palmer, Eddie Scott and Chris Chadwick all birdying the first while Dave Clegg birdied the uphill difficult eighth and Keith Fitzhenry the downhill ninth.
A small contingent of ladies joined in, led home by Brenda Griffith and Tarja Wilson.
It’s early days in the Order of Merit, but Jim Bridge has built up a health lead over Frank Hindle, Kevin Shanley and John Parkinson.
In the Ladies’ Section past lady captain Doreen Hammond leads, ahead of Jean Havard and Brenda Griffith.
In the Winter Pairs, it was the turn of club captain Peter Main and Dave Halsall to set the pace with 42 points.
Hot on their heels were Wayne Ivinson and John Welch, just one point in arrears.
Ray Standring and Garry Davies came home in third, some way back with 33 points.
It was altogether a much more gentile affair when the ladies played their Turkey Shoot last Sunday, for the clubhouse offered mulled wine and mince pies rather than resembling an abattoir the previous day when the men had played their version of the same event!
That’s not to say the competition was any less cut throat as the girls slugged it out over the shortened 16-hole winter course.
Top scorer on the day was Brenda Griffith, coming home with 33 points, beating Judith Kay (30 points), Hazel Sellars (29 points) and Allison Nuttall (28 points).