Golf round-up: On-song Dan is still the man

Dan Wood
Dan Wood

Home club pro Dan Wood extended his sequence of excellent results as he shot the joint best round with Nick Soto (Northampton) in the NPGA Christmas Pro-Am at Brampton Heath.

In the largest field of the 2014/15 NPGA Winter Series, both players compiled a two-under-par round of 70 to finish one ahead of Simon Lilly (Wellingborough) and Adam Myers (Northants County).

The team event was also very close at the top as Mike Gallagher (Farthingstone) combined perfectly with amateurs Richard Marsh, Alan Bosher and Chris Franklin to finish on top with a score of 130.

Paul Armstrong’s Kingsthorpe team of Gavin Hitchcock, Max Armstrong and Mark Todkill (129) finished second on countback from Jon Handyside (Priors Hall), Jason Hy, Yurish Patel and Yen Pham.

Wood, who finished third and first in his two previous NPGA Winter Series events, has now closed the gap on Order of Merit leader Lilly to just three points.

The duo are well clear of the chasing pack, which is led by Matt Hodgkiss (Brampton Heath), Gallagher and Shane Rose (Cold Ashby).

Northants County

Kevin Wetherly and Andrew Hasker found their best form on the putting surfaces during the Christmas Greensomes as they grabbed the best tally of 43 points.

Fellow high-handicappers Peter Dugmore and Russell Sizer carded 42, while Steve Barber and Steve Howard won the top section with the same score on countback from Tony Billson and Andy Billson.

Richard Halliday completed a gross and net double in the December Midweek Stableford, while Rodney Haig and Annie Haig (30 points) and Peter Thompson and Liz Thompson (28) were the two divisional winners in the Christmas Mixed Foursomes Comp.

Kingsthorpe

Mark Spence and Lee O’Connor edged one clear of three pairings in the Christmas Cup after posting a greensomes total of 41 points. John Nightingale and Dave Hill took second on countback.

It was a similar story in the Bob Adie Classic on New Year’s Eve as Kev Purkiss and Vern Goodes (39) secured a one point victory from three teams.

Brampton Heath

High-handicapper Ray Dodd was successful in the December Stableford as he bagged a winning tally of 40 points. Ben Jones (38) took second by one from Richard Powell.

Visiting golfers enjoyed the third event of the Winter Series as the top five places in a field of 96 competitors went to away club members. Ben Jenks, from Buckingham, clinched the first prize with 42 points.

Cold Ashby

Paul Askew produced the standout performance with just three clubs in the Professionals Cup as he smashed a brilliant total of 38 points.

The two-handicapper completed the back nine in gross three-under-par as he finished five points clear of Ian Geddes, with four player on point further off the lead.

Colin Mutton was also in good form over the inward stretch of holes in the December White Tee Stableford as he came in with a winning tally of 39 points. Eddie Silber was second on 37.

Collingtree

Countback was needed to decide the winner of the 21st event in the Seniors Stableford Series after Tim Thornton and Keith Faulkner came in with 38 points. Thornton grabbed the verdict.

Three gross pars on the inward stretch helped Aled Owen nudge a single point ahead of Stuart Maddison (39) in the Late December Stableford. Keith Threlfall was third with 38 points.