Greetham Valley GC: Winter League pacesetters set up decisive clash

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Round six of Greetham Valley’s Winter League knockout was played in blustery weather.

The only unbeaten teams remaining in the competition are in the same division. In three weeks the leading combatants Graham Smith and Ian Copley take on Anthony Mousley and Jamie Herbert for the overall leadership of League Three.

In League Four, Fred Aspin and Martin Boughton gave themselves a chance of qualification with a 6 and 4 victory over the second-placed team of Bryan Birchall and Matt Williams, but they will need to win all of their remaining matches to qualify.

In the top two leagues it is still too close to call with the top four teams in each separated by only two points.

The biggest win of the day went to Dave Copley and Tony Mould who eased home 10 and 8, while Nick Cunnington and Lewis Daff won 8 and 6 against their opponents.

* In the men’s Winter Order of Merit, five players are separated by just five points.

With 50 points available for a win and three rounds to go there is still all to play for.

The latest winner was Chris Tapsell who now leads the overall table with 131 points, five ahead of Bill Guest, Darren Sargood and Chris Proudman who are all tied for second place.

Runner-up on the day Joseph Sargood scored well and moved up to fifth place overall with a total of 122 points.

* In the seniors’ strokeplay competition, played in the gale force conditions of Storm Henry, scoring was always going to be difficult.

David Nicol (16) struggled with the wind on three consecutive holes at 11, 12 and 13, but by getting his bad holes in early, was able to win on countback with nett 71.

Runner-up Keith Smith (16) played a remarkably consistent round, but was undone by double bogeys on the 16th and 17th holes which were played into the strong winds.

David Aldred (13) started inconsistently and missed several opportunities to hand in a good card, but managed to pull things around on the back nine to score an overall nett 74, just beating four-placed John Dowding (15) on countback.