Winter League Rnd 3 of 6 (best 4 of 6)
7th Dec 2019
1st Jared Langham (17) 36 points (£26)
2nd John Griffiths (9) 36 points (£20)
3rd Duncan Fredericks (8) 33 points (£13)
4th Andy Turner (19) 33 points (£6)
Round 3 of the 6 Round Winter League saw Jared Langham as ‘the cream that rose to the top’ after he posted a tied but winning, on countback, net 36. Scoring an excellent 21 points on the back nine holes got seventeen handicapper Langham over the winning line by a decent margin and did no harm at all to his overall League tally. Birdies on the twelfth and eighteenth were timely achievements and massively boosted Langham’s points after finding five holes in regulation but erring with four double bogies and two triples, on the seventh and ninth. Having carded 15 points on the way out Langham slipped into a different gear altogether after the turn and his late charge for victory paid great dividends. Less fortunate in the countback process was tied nine handicapper John Griffiths who only managed to card 18 points coming in and had to concede the win to the better back nine of Langham. After getting off the blocks well with three consecutive pars Griffiths went on to add another par on the fifth and had nothing worse than bogies for the rest of his outward run which put him holding 18 points as he walked to the tenth. A birdie on the tenth and four more pars put Griffiths well in with a chance but a double bogey on the eleventh proved to be his undoing and his challenge for top spot was over and second place was the best he could aspire to. Eight handicapper Duncan Fredericks brought in 33 points which left him in a three-way tie and also reliant on countback to award him his finishing place; 18 points on the back nine got Fredericks in ahead of his two immediate challengers and third place was his by right. Five pars on the front nine were negated somewhat when Fredericks carded a double bogey on the eighth after having failed to score any points on the seventh. A better back nine gave Fredericks a little hope but his birdie on the tenth and four pars could’ve done without a costly double bogey on the twelfth which left him in the tie for lower podium place rather than pushing the front-runners. Andy Turner, playing off nineteen, could only claim 16 points on the back nine which left him having to be satisfied with fourth place. Turner’s 33 points included a birdie on the ninth and four pars but four double bogies, two triple bogies and a quadruple proved to be expensive lapses and curtailed any serious challenge he may have been able to mount and still reliant on a card play-off to secure a podium finish. It was Ed Nicklin who lost out on a podium finish after countback over the last six holes nudged him out of the reckoning for a podium place.
31 players entered the 2's competition with five 2's recorded : Duncan Fredericks, Andy Young and John Griffiths all on the 10th, Chris Williams on the 14th and Rich Adcock on the 16th - each player receives £12.40