Winter League Rnd 5 of 6 (best 4 of 6)
15th Feb 2020
1st Steve Williams (6) 36 points (£6)
2nd Stephen Baylis (5) 36 points (£4)
3rd Jared Langham (16) 33 points (£3)
4th Ade Tinker (14) 32 points (£2)
The forecast Storm Dennis caused entry numbers to slowly diminish over preceding days until we were bordering on the limits for a viable competition but, luckily, there were still valuable points to be won in this League based competition and the on-going Order Of Merit for just enough players to take to the tees on what was a ‘filthy’, wet and wild Saturday morning that would pose more than a few extra questions of those who chose to play. Unsurprisingly the stableford scores in such unfriendly conditions were once again on the low side but nonetheless the event was still played out with the usual competitive spirit in the knowledge that a couple of points here and there had the potential to make a massive difference to the final result for a few of those still in the frame for the Winter League and the Weekend Order Of Merit. And so, we had another really close battle at the top of the Leaderboard with two players bringing in a very creditable 36 points leaving both still reliant on countback to award their podium place; six handicapper Steve Williams was awarded the win in this the penultimate round of the six round competition after he posted the better final six hole score of 14 points. Williams carded an impressive fourteen pars in his round but two double bogies meant he would still be in the hands of the card play-off. Having had his back nine hole score also matched Williams was glad to have had a really steady six par run-in which (just) got him over the winning line. Playing off five, Stephen Baylis had matched Williams’ numbers right down to the final six holes but failed to get the better of the eventual winner right at the close. Baylis had carded birdies on the first and tenth to boost his nine par haul but he would’ve needed a couple of conversions from any one of his five front nine and both of his back nine bogies to get the better of winner Williams. Jared Langham, playing off sixteen, posted 33 points to take third place; with just five pars on his card, Langham’s two double and two triple bogies proved expensive lapses and Langham will know exactly where he handed shots and points back to the field. Although Langham had shots-in-hand over the others, his modest par tally left him short of the two leaders when a few more holes in regulation or better would’ve changed the look of the podium. Ade Tinker brought in 32 points to take fourth place; the fourteen handicapper managed to birdie the fourteenth which improved his chances after he only found four other holes in regulation. Although Tinker had a shaky and inconsistent front nine his homeward nine holes was much stronger and brought him up on the heels of the front-runners but there was simply too much ground to make up.
In the 2's competition we had 3 players sharing the prize pot as follows, Stephen Baylis on the 10th, Jamie Newton on the 3rd and Ade Tinker on the 14th; each received £6.