Ashby Decoy golf quartet break their duck for the year
THE team of Paul Spowage, Martin Sylvester, Ernie Davenport and Graham Sadd celebrated a first win of the year as Ashby Decoy held their monthly Am/Am.
The quartet notched 93 points, four ahead of Andy Crellin, Rob Burton, Andy Beale and Sean Garner.
Two points behind was the team of Derek Clark-Coates, Margaret Clark-Coates, Phil Knapper and John Espin with a better back nine.
A large field contested the ever popular Morning Draw Better Ball Medal format.
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Sean Garner and partner Tony Willsmore took first place with 44 points.
Two points further back, the count-back favoured the pairing of Steve Clark and Andy Beale with a better back nine over Dave Roberts and Chris Machin, who claimed third with a better back six.
In the winter series of Captain and Pro Challenges it was the turn of president John Lockwood and partner Peter Vessey to challenge.
They played very solidly to build up a lead of five holes with six left to play.
Despite a valiant effort, captain Keith Moody and pro Andy Miller couldn't avoid defeat, but they did restrict it to a more respectable 3&2 score.
The Christmas Texas Scramble produced two identical scores of 56.0.
The count-back came out in favour of Adrian Fixter, Wade Lefley, Paul Marsh and Dave Longmate, with Stuart Johnson, Andy Beale, Steve Pottage and Dave Mills runners-up.
On New Year's Day, handicap secretary Eric McClellan, Stuart Cairns, Ian Bonner and Steve Fitzpatrick ran out winners with 89 points.
They were one clear of Mark Graham, Simon Hague, Glenn Wilson and Richard Dixon.
Decoy's ladies played a three-ball Am/Am Stableford.
The winners were Anne Jude, Marilyn Hall and Elaine Johnson with a score of 67, winning on the back nine from veterans Margaret Jacobs, Margaret Fish and Viv Lister.
Forty-eight seniors signed in for the accumulated prize competition.
In first place, with 86 Stableford points, was the team of Graham Wicks, Mike Jacobs, Stan Ward and Mick Stamp.
Second place went to Pete Clay, Pete Stamp, John Espin and Bill Parlett, also with 86 but beaten on the back nine.
In third were Ted Cooper, Ken Bradley Jim Harding and captain Mike Cole (84), beating Brian Rothwell, John James, Graham East and Sid Cuthbert by a better back nine.
The twos competition winners were Ted Cooper, Pete Clay and Ray Leong.
After a fortnight out of action due to the weather, members of Grange Park returned to competitive play when the scheduled Last of the Year Trophy for 2012 became the First of the Year Trophy for 2013!
Play was restricted to just 16 holes, and holder Dave Holland put up a good defence of his trophy when he finished third, this time with 37 points.
It was just one point away from a tie for first place, which was claimed on a count-back by Davy Woodcock.
Runner-up was Josh Butcher, who was left to rue failing to score on the last hole when he missed a short putt that would have given him his first trophy at the club.
The competition also featured Grange Park's annual longest drive championship which was won by vice-captain Mark Gilleard.