Week 12 of the winter order of merit got off to a very wet 9.30am start at Greetham Valley.
By 11.30 the rain had stopped and the sun even appeared, prompting some to go so far as to remove waterproof jackets and wet gloves.
Former winner Adam Clegg, playing off four, hasn’t played to his usual standard in this year’s competition but he certainly made up for it on Saturday.
He got off to a great start when he birdied the par four first and then went one better with an eagle on the par five second.
He had two more birdies on the sixth and seventh to finish the front nine with 22 points.
Despite the wind getting up, Adam had another birdie on the index one, par five sixteenth and finished with a total of 39 points to win for the first time in the 2013/14 series. Adam, who was cut to two for the next round, said he had felt good right from the start.
Former captain Jim Wheeler off 14 was only one shot behind Adam, and took second place on countback and was cut to 13.
Eight handicapper Peter Bagshaw, who also came in with 38 points, was pushed into third and loses 0.5 off his handicap.
President John Sparks and another former captain, Neil Crees, were also separated on countback after both came in with 37 points. They were just out of the weekly prize fund, but both had positive moves up the table.
None of the top six in the overall table had a very good day. Adie Cunningham struggled but has a good cushion at the top with a 76-point lead ahead of Kev Hingle, Steve Anderson, Graham Smith, Fred Aspin and Carl Causbrook. John Sparks moved up one place to seventh and this week’s winner, Adam Clegg, had the biggest jump, rocketing into eighth place from twentieth.
Ben Miles, who started the day in eighth, drops to ninth and Peter Bagshaw rounds up the top ten.
Organiser Neil Harris said it is now getting very interesting with everybody closing up, and only 30 points separating second from tenth.
With what looks likely to be icy weather for round 13 on Sunday, somebody could make a big jump from the chasing pack up the table.
Neil Lowndes off nine took the lowest gross on his way to a great win in the Seniors January medal.
Neil, playing in division one, had a gross 76, nett 67 and was the overall winner of the medal. Second place was decided on countback after both players came in with a nett 69, David Aldred taking second from John Dowding.
Peter Morris off 23 won division two with a nett 71. Trevor Davis was one shot off the pace with a nett 72 to take second and Ian Kellham was third with a 73.
Trevor and Ian shared the lowest gross prize with a gross 92.