Winter League winners decided at Little Hay

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It was an exciting week at Little Hay as the Winter League reached its climax and threw up a surprise result.

The leaders after the seven previous rounds, husband and wife duo Clare and Rolf Stammeijer, were unable to repeat their previous high scores and their final round of 36 points left them in third place overall.

Phil Chester and Richard Burgess, previously in third place, shot a solid 42 points to end up second overall.

But honours on the day went to an exceptional 45 points by brothers Mick and Gary Whelan, which was enough to give them the Winter league title by a margin of six points.

They are previous winners of the competition, having lifted the trophy in 2008/9.

Little Hay captain Tony Alford said: “The Winter League is attracting a growing number of members each year and represents a fun way for golfers of all abilities to maintain their hard won skills through the normally fallow winter period.”

Meanwhile, the ladies took to the course for the Ladies’ March Medal.

Pauline Manning took the title with a score of 77, two shots ahead of Nichola Goddard in second. Alison Sexton was a further shot back in third.

In the Business Ladies March Medal, Clare Stammeijer’s 77 was enough for first place, while Goddard (79) and Marilyn Evans (80) were second and third, respectively.

Elsewhere, 43 entrants turned out in glorious conditions for the Senior Men’s March Medal.

Peter Balding emerged victorious with a net 65, followed closely by John Ridgewell (net 66 on countback) and Tim Farrow (66). 

David Woolmer achieved the lowest gross score with 79.