Greetham Valley on Sunday saw both the final round of the Winter Order of Merit and the semi-finals of the Winter League played in fine golfing conditions.
In the Winter League the Sargood saga continued with both Sargood teams winning places in the final.
First up were Darren Sargood and son Joseph, who is a junior, playing against Matt Williams and Bryan Birchall; the game was evenly contested throughout with there never being more than one hole in it to either side until the 15th when Joseph (20) scored an amazing eagle to put his side 2 up. The final result was not decided until the 18th with Sargood team winning 1 up.
In the other game Harry Sargood and Tom McGrath won an equally tight match against Peter Dickinson and Martin Thwaites.
This match oscillated both ways throughout the round but was finally decided on the 17th by 2&1. Darren says whilst it is a great situation to be in for the family, his wife is in a very awkward situation in terms of support.
l The Order of Merit final round was played with a large field hoping that they would score enough points to lift themselves into the leading positions.
The overall winner over all ten rounds was Chris Tapsell who was already leading prior to the start of this round.
Whilst not winning on the day itself, his score of 24 order of merits points was sufficient to increase his overall score to 214 and clear of the chasing pack. Second place went to Joseph Sargood who was unable to play as he, and his father Darren, were engaged in playing their Winter League knock-out semi-final and as such he was unable to better his total of 187.
His father Darren finished fifth overall with 168. Fourth place overall went to Bill Guest, who with a fine run over the last few rounds, lifted himself to 176 points but he was just beaten by third place Chris Proudman on 182.
l The Seniors section played a team Stableford competition on Monday in conditions which were dry but with a cold easterly wind causing difficulties for all players.
In third place, with an aggregate score of 80 were Frank Maguire, Bernie Bell and Mel Clark, the latter who had selected the particular format; as this year’s Seniors captain Mel is running into steady form, with some good competition results, just as the inter-club matches start.
Second place went to Mike Maffei, Mike Hoye and Bob Harmes with 81 points. The overall winning team however was a team of Neil Bradbury, Keith Childs and Bob King with 82 points; this was a particularly pleasing result for Neil Bradbury who was playing his first game for almost six months following major heart surgery. He was delighted to be able to walk the course and to score well after such a period of recuperation.