11th Dec, 2016

Tight finish in Three-Ball Winter Alliance

Liam Moakes 22nd Feb, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A SUPERB score of 39 points secured victory for Margaret Riley, Janet Sandalls and Rita Smith in Broadway Golf Club’s ladies’ Three-Ball Winter Alliance.

A calm and clear day greeted the players as they stepped out to compete. It had been a hard overnight frost so temporary greens were in operation but, with the course still playing superbly, the points were there to be earned.

With two scores to count on each of the nine holes played, the ladies were up for the challenge.

Just edged into second place on countback were Kate Bellamy, Bev Howard and Sue Jones.

A point behind in third place with 38 points were Barbara Crew, Chris Moulder and Pat Righton, leaving Debbie Donoghue, Lin Everitt and ladies’ captain Brenda Whittingham to claim fourth place, also with 38.

THE FINAL leg of the men’s Winter League saw 46 pairs step out in their pursuit of success at the weekend.

The day was dry and mild but a ferocious wind made play in the eighth round Four-Ball Better Ball contest a challenge.

Determined to finished as high as possible in the final league table, teams battled on regardless and when the final scores were counted in the clubhouse it became clear many teams had mastered the disruptive wind as a number of admirable scoresheets were presented.

Finding incredible form on the day with an outstanding score of 48 points were Andy Simms and Neil Swindlehurst to earn top spot.

Ian Weatherhead and Justin Loram were extremely close behind in second with a superb 47, leaving Rob Lord and Nigel Bird in third with a robust 44.

Duncan Spittle and Russell Payne earned a worthy fourth place, just losing out on countback.

The contest is now over and scores are being ratified but the suspense will have to continue until the Captain versus President match in April when the winners of Broadway’s 2015/16 Winter League competition will be announced and the prestigious trophy presented.