Although he wasn’t in the top three in Greetham Valley’s Winter Order of Merit at the weekend, Graham Stenson had another reason to be cheerful after firing a hole-in-one on the par three sixth.
He hit a nine-iron to a flag right at the front of the green. At first he and his playing partners thought that it was heading for a watery grave but it just hit a foot or so past the pond, onto the green and into the hole.
Stenson, who is playing in the Winter Order of Merit for the first time this year said that he had been struggling a little up to then but the feat really lifted him.
This was his first hole-in-one after 30 years of trying and he was ecstatic.
He had to leave early when he finished his round but still found time to put a bottle of Oban malt and glasses on the counter for anybody who needed a little warming up after their round.
16 Hole Greensomes Competition: 1 Russell Laxton/Gill Day 37pts; 2 Rob Lakin/Carol Dunn 36pts; 3 Alan Cox/Jenny Clarke 33pts; 4 Tom Bowden/Christine Patrick 33pts; 5 Keith Worth/Sandra Stout 33pts.
December Monthly Stableford: Division One - 1 Dave Wright 42pts; 2 Glenn Stanley 42pts; 3 Mike Walters 41pts. Division Two - 1 John Bavister 41pts; 2 Tom Laffey 39pts; 3 Simon Groom 37pts. DivisionThree - 1 Rod Brailsford 43pts; 2 Suresh Sahi 39pts; 3 Antonio Vardaro 39pts.
Weekend December Stableford: 1 Helen Long 40pts; 2 Angela Boxall 34pts.
Weekday December Stableford: 1 Karen Trevor 39pts; 2 Helen Long 36pts.
December Stableford: Division One - 1 L. Richardson 42pts; 2 T. Benson 40pts; 3 M. Doody 39pts. Division Two - 1 M. Graham 38pts; 2 M. Oxenham 37pts; 3 T. Brookfield 37pts. Division Three - 1 J. Middleton 42pts; 2 K. Barnes 42pts; 3 T. Hunter 38pts.
December Stableford: 1 B. Stone 33pts; 2 S. Pawson 32pts; 3 A. Keen 31pts.
Winter Order of Merit: 1 Fred Aspin 40pts; 2 Dave Copley 39pts; 3 Martin Gore 39pts.
Winter League: 1 Barry Shaw 39pts; 2 Bob King 37pts; 3 David Aldred 37pts; 4 John Morfee 37pts.
Christmas 8 Hole Competition: 1 Karen Fitzpatrick/Susanna Ivens/Jenny Phipps; 2 Caron Lawson/Jenny Walters/Catherine Hay; 3 Mo Hopkins/Carol Alban/Joyce Fisher.
Winter Medal: 1 Alan With net 64; 2 Neil Crees net 68; 3 Stuart Chalmers net 69.
Christmas Foursomes: 1 Sue & Bill Hennigan 29 pts; 2 Dave Riley/Joyce Fisher 29 pts; 3 Iain Caville/Carol Alban 27 pts.