Bob Collier, the 2014 seniors captain at Burghley Park, presided over the first seniors’ event of the year last week.
Calm conditions encouraged a full field of 58 players to turn out in the traditional season-opener ‘three clubs and a putter’ competition over nine holes.
Captain Collier was delighted with the turn out, and announced that his charity for the year will be the On Course Foundation, which supports wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women through golf skills and employment training.
Performance of the day came from Geoff Mayling, whose 24 points gave him the Men’s prize, two shots clear of Kelvyn Tow in second.
Pam Collier took the honours in the ladies section with an impressive 22 points, two clear of Judy Holt on 20.
Round 5 of the Winter League was completed at the weekend, and with two rounds of the league stage to go, competition is still tight in all of the four leagues.
The only pair with a 100 per cent record, juniors Jordan and Adam Mayman, have kept up the momentum, and now have five wins out of five.
Barring a mathematical miracle, they are destined for the knockout stage of the competition.
In League A the top two teams in the table all won to maintain their positions.
Richard Vaughan and George Beadle stay top on 12 points after edging out James Vaughan and Sanjay Nithiyilingam 3 and 2, one point ahead of 2nd who claimed a narrow one-up victory over Stewart Ward and Jon Tyrrell.
Matt Lem and Jacob Howe leapfrogged Doug Hunter and David Shales by beating them 4 and 3 to take over 3rd place.
The other big movers were Simon Tee and Clive Knox, who climbed three places to 5th with a one-up defeat of Mike Barton and Chris Quinn.
Round six pits the top two sides against each other, with a win for either side almost certainly ensuring progress to the next round.
League B also saw the top sides winning, with no change to the positions.
Juniors Dean Vaughan and Lewin Auciello remain at the top of the tree on 11 points after overcoming a tough challenge from Stuart Pringle and Andy Vaughan, taking the match one up on the 18th .
One point behind on 10 points are Dave Millichip and Alex Cole, who beat Bernie Clarke and Craig Neal 3 and 2.
Dave Tilley and Graham Bedford retain 3rd on holes won from Chris Townsend and Alan Cole, both teams on 8 points.
Tilley and Bedford had a 3 and 2 win over Andy Sandell and Bob Howe, whilst Townsend and Cole edged out Graham Camp and Steve Hopkins one up.
The qualifiers seem likely to come from the top four.
Jordan and Adam Mayman are the runaway leaders in League C, their 100 percent record putting them 5 points ahead of 2nd.
The Mayman brothers beat Chris Lees and Bob Chapman 3 and 2, and just need a single point from their last two matches to ensure qualification for the knockout stages.
Yarham and Watterson had a hard fought match against Bob Emmins and Chris Bradshaw, hanging on to take a one up victory on the 18th. Paul Redfern and Paul York occupy 3rd courtesy of a 3 and 2 win over David Jackson and Javan Argent, which took them above Jackson and Argent on holes won. Both teams have 9 points. Second place plays 3rd in the next round, with victory being critical for both sides.
The outcome in League D will not be resolved until the final round is completed, as there is a four-way tie at the top on 10 points.
Neither of the top two teams at the start of the round managed a win, meaning that the teams in 3rd and fourth spots climbed above them.
Paul Ramm and Richard Allen recorded a solid 4 and 3 win over Peter Barnes and Dave Gibson.
Dave Marsden and Gary Harrison started the day at the top of the table, but a good 3 and 2 win for the resurgent John Mayman and Paul Wilkinson pushed them down to 3rd spot.