Golfer Shaun chalks up first merit win

Order of merit winner Shaun Denholm
Order of merit winner Shaun Denholm
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Vice-captain Shaun Denholm, who will take over as Greetham Valley captain next month, won this week’s winter order of merit for the first time this series.

Shaun, off 14, dropped just four shots in the front nine and amassed 21 points.

He got off to a bad start on the back nine with a double bogey on the par three tenth and a bogey on the next hole but stopped the rot with a par on the twelfth.

He came back with 17 points to give him a total of 38.

Shaun, who was one of the first of the 40 players out, had an anxious wait to see if it would be enough to take the win.

Two 36s came in and a 37 but his score was good enough in the end to take the win and the 50 points on offer for first place.

A delighted Shaun said he was surprised that 38 was enough but a lot of players seemed to have struggled in the very cold two-club wind. He had two shots taken off his handicap.

Second place went to Fred Aspin who came in with 37 points and was cut by one shot.

Adie Cunningham, who has led since round two, was third on countback with 36 and was docked point five.

Kev Hingle also came in with 36 and took fourth place.

The next two places were also decided on countback after both players scored 35.

Carl Causbrook took fifth ahead of Chris Wheatland.

Adie Cunningham continues to lead the overall table with 161 points. Kev Hingle moved up from fourth to second, 48 points back.

Just one point two behind him is Graham Smith who dropped from second spot.

Fred Aspin moves up from seventh to fourth just point eight behind Graham.

Last series winner Steve Anderson dropped from third to fifth place. He has 96.

Neil Harris was busy this week signing copies of his new book, The Hit, as well as organising the competition.

There is no order of merit next week as a lot of players are in the Christmas Texas scramble. The next round will be on December 21.

l After two rounds of this year’s winter league things are starting to take shape.

Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney lead league one with three points.

Gary Moat and Graham Smith also have three points and are in second place. Both pairs have won one and drawn one.

Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch lead league two with four points. They have played two and won two.

Club captain Trevor Smith and president elect John Sparks lead league three with four points from two wins.

Previous winners Dave Morgan and Iain Bain lead Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington in league four. Both pairs have four points from two wins.