New Year underway at Mytton Fold GC

Mytton Fold Golf Club set off their New Year competition programme with the latest rounds of the Winter Series Singles and Pairs.

In addition, last Monday saw the running of one of the club's most popular winter competitions, when the Three Club competition, postponed from its post-Boxing Day slot due to the weather, was held in calm and somewhat balmy conditions.

Played on the shorter 16-hole course, and using the winter greens, competitors had a free choice of 3 weapons for this stableford event which generously ran using summer handicaps.

Jim Bridge chose his 3-wood, a fairway wood and an 8 iron to amass an untouchable, 44 points over only 16 holes. Left floundering in his wake came past captain Richard Greaves (driver, 8 iron and putter), some six points in arrears, just beating Club President David Hargreaves (7 wood, gap wedge and putter) on a card play-off.

Top Lady was Allison Nuttall (3 wood, 8 iron and putter), just one point further back in fourth place, with Maureen Board close behind.

Kyle Furlong was the best Junior with 33 points.

Competition entry was by way of a gift-wrapped prize to the value of 5, with Jim, as winner, being the first to make his choice. As everyone won a prize, the awards ceremony was a boisterous affair that went on for some time.

Jim Bridge also had his hand in the twos pot, with a birdie at the par-3 ninth. He didn't have it all to himself, however, with Luke Chadwick (1st), Frank Hindle (11th) and Garry Davies (18th) all sharing in the spoils.

In the Winter Singles Merit Series it was a win for Phil Hammond who topped the clubhouse scorecard with 35 points, again on the shortened winter course. Second in the very chilly conditions came Kevin Shanley, just three points in arrears and beating Matt Walsh into third by way of a card playoff. Matt still leads the Series, two ahead of his father Mick, and six clear of Mick Kelbie.

Winner Phil Hammond also took a share of the twos pot at the first, Matt Walsh at the second and both Kevin Shanley and Frank Hindle birdied the 11th.

In the Winter Pairs, it was the duo of Peter Main and David Halsall who again came out on top with 43 points, five ahead of the pairings of Garry Davies/Glynn Watson and Martin Holden and Gordon Lucas. Club Captain John Berry and Secretary Dave Clegg still lead the series with seven matches played.