Steve takes Winter Singles by storm

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It was Steve Korab showing the field the way when Mytton Fold Golf Club played the latest round of the Winter Singles League at the weekend.

His nett 56 left him two clear of runner-up Nigel Fairhurst and three clear of the gaggle of Steve Worrall, Gary Aldred and Keith Fitzhenry. After cards Steve got the nod in third with last week’s cardsharp Keith finishing in fifth.

Now a regular highlight of the 19th hole, members are always keen to see the outcome of the ongoing battle of the Griffith clan. This week Brenda again showed husband Dave how to do it by beating him in a card playoff for 13th spot.

There were just two recipients of the Twos Pot this week when Jean Van Boeckel and Denis Leaver shared the spoils, both having birdied the first hole.

It’s still all to play for in the Winter Pairs. With just a few weeks to go, and with only four pairings to qualify for the winner-take-all play off final, there are six teams in with a chance and fighting for the qualification to take part. Wayne Ivinson and John Welch missed this week’s competition but still hold onto a clear lead at the top. Behind them sixth-placed John Parkinson and John Whittaker pushed closer to qualifying with 38 points and were matched by Steve Gordon and Sam Cowan.

Martin Holden and captain elect Nick Avino strengthened their position and closed in slightly on the leaders with 37 points. They too were matched by Peter Fox and Phil Ryan, although this might be a little too late to make a top-for place.

If there is one thing that Mytton Fold Golf Club is (in)famous for is its sixth hole (Mytton’s Ascent) which climbs up over 200ft. in all its par 5, 501 yard glory. The decision has been made to remove the white (men’s competition) green from the course and the ‘new’ 6th green will be the current yellow/red green at the foot of the steep slope and some 307 yards from the tee. This will be a a par 4 hole.

After putting out, players will then move across to the seventh and use the yellow/red tee beds and play the seventh hole as a par 4.

Players will not miss out on the views from the top of the course which challenge the best in the world, with a beautiful panorama from sea to dales. The teeing areas previously shared by the 7th and 13th holes will now just be used by the latter.

As the season progresses the sixth green will be developed to enhance its character, area and challenge.

It is hoped that this change will enhance the playability of the course for more golfers and remove the perceived difficulty of the course. Mytton Fold can boast that it is no more physically challenging than many similar local courses and is, like many courses in the area, ‘a course on a hill, and not a hilly course’.