Scholes strengthens Mount Skip title hopes

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For the second successive Sunday another gorgeous autumnal day resulted in an excellent turnout of members for the early morning shotgun start of the Mount Skip Winter League.

The conditions were almost perfect with bright sunshine and just the very slightest of breezes.

The two-ball draw pitched Graham Boulton against current leader Steve Scholes, the latter doing his chances of winning the competition no harm by beating Graham 6&5.

Sam Scholes was paired with Jonny Cockcroft and despite the latter having an off day, they still had a comfortable 4 & 2 win against Terry Clancey and Harry Wade, not least thanks to the excellent form of Scholes who will fancy his chances of winning the competition to thwart his dad.

Martin Whiley and Paul Elliot were well beaten by the ever improving Rob Dutson and Paul Elliot 6 & 5.

Andy Hutchinson and the returning Charles Bamford played some really good golf, but came up against Gavin Degnan and an in form Ashley Hewitt.

The latter had three gross birdies in succession, including a chip in on the sixth on a day when hardly anything went wrong.

Despite talking a great game Darren Clithero and Michael Turner came unstuck against old’stagers Des Senior and Chad Allott by a convincing 4 & 3 margin.

Martin Astin and Keith Law beat Chris Hoyle and Noel Russell on the final hole 1 up. Law had one of those days when he drove the ball well belying his high handicap, subsequently the 15 shot difference proved too much for his opponents.

Despite being hit on the head by an errant golf ball, Skip’s Lee Amos proved what a tough cookie he his as with his partner Mick Robertson they had a relatively easy win 3&2 over Mark Wade and Ray Tighe.

Lee said that he hadn’t been playing too well until the incident, but after that he was more focused.

Finally, in the only halved match of the day, Dave Pickles and Matt Fisher came up against Dave Cocker and Matthew Richards.