Melton Golf: George claims Winter Putter title

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The first of Melton Golf Club’s major senior events, the Winter Putter, brought overall victory for George Schmidt.

With the best four results out of six rounds to count, George accumulated 35 points, to take top spot from Haydn Snow (32pts).

Julian Kisiel was a further point back in third and Richard Haines completed the top four with 28 points.

All four played in each of the six rounds.

* The over 70s competition proved very close with Denis Dayman taking the title with 39 points, edging out Dave Lander (38pts) into second place.

Frank Williams was a point further adrift in third.

* The seniors section played a betterball stableford in spring-like weather.

The kind conditions were reflected in the scoring with Dave Wells and Bob Purkis scoring an impressive 42 points.

The score was good enough to win on countback from Don Povey and Don Benzie.

Bob Barnes and Bob Parkinson were third with 41 points.

* Andy and Joshua Blunt, playing with Gerry Stephens and Eddie Cham, were in the prizes for the second week running in the Saturday fourball am-am.

They claimed first place in the four-player competition with an excellent score of score of 85, reflecting the good condition of the course and greens.

Jon Baxter, Rob Smith, Tony Robinson, and Gavin Baxter scored one point less to finish as runners-up.

A 79-point total secured third place for Billy Kevan, John Burgess, Simon Palmer and John Harvey, while Andy Blunt, John Harvey and Guy Rayson shared the two’s sweep.

* The Monday morning mingles season is drawing to a close with only four weeks to play.

The winter-long league competition is very tight with up to five groups in the running for the overall top prize.

Last week’s winners were Bob Luke and Chris Cook with nett 37.4.

Runners-up Geoff and Liz Clark were not far behind with a nett 38.2, and third place was shared between Haydn and Liz Snow, and Al and Drina Terzza who both scored nett 41.6

The best fourball was Bob Luke and Chris Cook with Sam Wright and Maureen Stapleford with a combined nett score of 80.0.

* The junior section has been working hard through the winter with the help of club pro Dan Bailey in group coaching sessions and are all showing the benefits out on the course.