Paul Milsom’s extra playing time since retiring has paid dividends as he waltzed away from the chasing pack in Rutland County’s February Stableford.
Milsom scored 43 points to finish a comfortable three points ahead of the accomplished Dave Champion who just pushed Rick Collins into 3rd spot on 39.
Phil Drury and Bob Ambrose both shot 39 for 4th and 5th place on countback.
New competition secretary Deggie Palmer has invited the Ladies section to play in these winter events and the offer has proved popular as the numbers were well up on the day.
Jo Shepherd enjoyed the excellent playing conditions to take top spot for the Ladies with 38 points followed by the consistent Jo Shepherd on 32 who just pipped Lady Vice Captain Carol Westcott on countback.
The Seniors Winter Stableford resembled a Formula One qualifier in the latest round as contenders for the overall title watched each other like hawks to see who would go out in the filthy conditions to actually post a score.
As one of the top four went out so the others followed suit, not able to risk falling behind by missing a qualifying round.
Scores were not brilliant but Kevin Whittle’s attritional style came to the fore again as he eked 35 points out of his round to collect 12 points for the overall event. John Mason collected 11 points in 2nd place and Gerry Webb had 10.
Whittle is not comfortable enough to relax as the top of the table is very tight. First is K Whittle on 71, 2nd Gerry Webb 67, 3rd Ted Leighton 54 and 4th Geoff Osborne 52. There is one final round to go and everything to play for.
The two from three competition was won by the very experienced combination of Ron Snape, Arthur Dethick and John Rudin on 78 points.
Dave Wilson and Alan Bainbridge edged into the final of the Winter KO with a tight 1-up win over Ralph Baker and Geoff Osborne.
They will meet the mighty Mike Pell who partnered Peter Stokes to an unexpectedly tense 2-up win over Gerry McIntyre and Bob Goddard.
Goddard and McIntyre slumped to a terrible 5 down with 6 to play yet managed to win the next three holes to have a chance to force extra holes. Pell and Stokes woke up in time to close out the match 2-up.