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Winter League Week6

The Winter League hasn’t been short of drama so far with big scores, close finishes and holes in one, and the penultimate week was no exception as it included the closest of close finishes, a hole in one and no scarcity of the usual hard luck stories.

Eric Allen has variously attributed some recent mediocre golf to a poor shoulder turn, static hips, tight hands and other anatomical mishaps. He could be heard humming the children’s song, ‘Hands, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ on Saturday, and it seemed to bring everything into complete alignment as he strode majestically to victory with 34pts off 11. While there may have been an element of good fortune in converting a 30 ft putt at the 2nd , and leaving a recovery shot stone dead from deep in the trees to the left of the green at the 3rd, both for par, there was nothing but golfing class at the next. A long straight drive was followed by a 6 iron rifled to 10 ft for his best birdie chance of the day, only to see his putt agonisingly sit on the edge of the hole. The only time he threatened to blow his chances was when his third at the 15th was one of those shots where the ball soars vertically skywards and the rocket launcher goes straight down the middle.

Second place went to Stephen Loughran with 34pts off 8. He finished the first 7 holes he played with 3 birdies and the homeward 7 holes with 3 bogeys. It was those slips over his closing trio of holes which denied him victory.

Colin Atkinson also had 34pts, off 13, but his previous successes had resulted in a 1pt handicap reduction which relegated him from 1st to 3rd. Six over at the turn had left him a little in the wilderness,