Jim’s Team Eight at the top ahead of big title clash

Jim Minnis’ Team Eight are still out in front in the Winter League with four wins in a row.

They look odds-on favourites to win with three rounds left to play. The next round sees leaders Team Eight take on chasers Team Two, currently one win behind, in a match that could go a long way to deciding the eventual winners.

They won their fourth round match against Team Six quite easily. The fact that their opponents had teo disqualifications and three no-returns meant that they had only six counting scores. They managed to total 176 points thanks largely to 34s from Malcolm Russell and Alex Clarke.

That was never going to be enough. Team Eight scored 220 points so they were never going to be easy to beat. Brian Knox and Mark McCullough were the top men with 34 points each. Ashton Clydesdale had 33, Trevor Mulholland 32, Dermot Magee 30, Jim Ledlie 29 and Jim Minnis 28.

Can anyone stop team 8? They look very strong and they haven’t the hardest of run-ins. But, as we all know, golf can be very unpredictable and it’s not over yet.

Team One and Team Two are both just one win behind. They both picked up victories in round four. Paul Doherty’s stunning 39 points was the best individual score by two points, followed by team-mate Michael Robinson, and they helped Team One to a win over pre-tournament favourites Team Five, who posted their lowest team score so far. Joe Gladd was their leading scorer with just 32 points.

Team Two’s win came over Team Seven by 11 points. Albert Morrison and Noel Cruikshanks were their top scorers with 34 points each. For the third time out of four starts, Philip Mallon was top scorer for Team Seven. In round four he shot a brilliant 36 points, the best score in the low section.

Team Four won the bottom of the table clash against team Three with a score of just 201 points. Victor McNeill was the star player with 35 points., enough to win second prize in the high section.

It was a very poor week for Dougie’s Team Three. They had three no-returns and only one score in the 30s. That was Tom Nelson with 30 points.