Cunningham top at Greetham Valley despite late wobble

The players in the winter order of merit. In the centre holding the trophy is this year's overall winner, Adie Cunningham. To his right is organiser Neil Harris and to Adie's left is this week's winner, Kev Hingle. EMN-140104-135744001
The players in the winter order of merit. In the centre holding the trophy is this year's overall winner, Adie Cunningham. To his right is organiser Neil Harris and to Adie's left is this week's winner, Kev Hingle. EMN-140104-135744001

The final of the 22-round winter order of merit was played on the GreethamValley course in warm sunshine with just a light breeze to cool the competitors slightly at the weekend.

The players took to the course in reverse leaderboard order, with Adie Cunningham, Carl Causbrook, Kev Hingle and Dave Copley all out in the final group.

Neil Harris said that this ramps up the pressure at the top and brings out the best in the players.

Kev Hingle was victorious on the day, coming in with a fantastic score of 41, 19 on the front nine and 22 on the back. David Copley was second with 38 points and last year’s winner Steve Anderson was third with 37 on countback from Darren Haughton.

Adie Cunningham did not have such a good game but having led from the very first game of the series still did enough to take the overall title for the 2013/14 season.

Adie, who has been a model of consistency this year, scored 351 points having had several wins plus some second and third places.

Kev Hingle jumped from fourth place to second after winning this week, finishing on 321, and overtook Carl Causbrook and David Copley who finished joint third with 313.

Trevor Smith, who has played off plus three for the last four rounds, was fifth with 265.

Nick Cunnington missed half a dozen games but still took sixth place with 230, just five points ahead of last season’s winner, Steve Anderson.

Darren Haughton was eighth, Graham Smith was ninth and Neil Crees rounded off the top ten.

Prizes also went to the top scorer for rounds played on the Saturday or Sunday outside of the top ten. Peter Bagshaw won the Saturday event with 156, ahead of Martin Boughton who had 149.

President John Sparks won the Sunday competition, with 131, ahead of Fred Aspin who finished on 127.

This has been the fourth season of the winter order of merit started and organised by Neil Harris who said it was gratifying to see 57 people take part throughout the series which provided competitive golf throughout the winter.

He said, as it is an open competition in which any male club member can play, it was fantastic to see six members new to Greetham Valley take the opportunity to integrate into the club.

l The ladies’ order of merit also finished at the weekend. Hayley Hunt, who only joined from Toft in January, has led right from the first round and finished with 163 points.

Liz Haughton, who returned to Greetham last year after a lay off from golf, was second with a 130 points.

Another new member to Greetham, Susie Ellis was third with 95 points. Yet another new member, Hayley Taylor, who came from Sleaford, was fourth and Lizzie Taylor ended the series in fifth.

As with the men’s competition, this has proven to be a great way for new members to “join in” right from the start.

l Fifty-three Greetham seniors had their away day at Peterborough Milton on Monday.

The day was organised superbly by seniors vice captain Peter Wood. The competition was in two parts, a singles stableford and a pairs bogie game.

Club vice captain Fred Aspin won the singles competition on a tough course with 34 points.

Second place went to David Aldred on countback from Chris Dawson, both scoring 32 points. Jack Vernal and Keith Godwin won the team prize with a score of minus three.

David Lucas and John Clinton, who came in with minus six, took second place on countback from Peter Macdonald Pearce and Chris Grey.

As well as the order of merits and the winter league knockout competition, the alternative winter league which has been organised by Iain Bain has been running for five years. This year it was won by Dave Thompson.

Tony King had his second hole-in-one in a seniors competition during the week, scoring from the tee with an eight iron on the par three third hole.