THERE was a big turn-out for the ‘Saturday Circus’ Winter League at Windwhistle on Saturday.

With the improved weather, 34 players took part in the fun, even though the game was reduced to 15 holes.

As usual, it was a very closely contested game with two overall winners on the day.

The day also saw three women picking up prizes for their valiant efforts including Jan Warner-Booth, who after a fantastic tee shot on the par three 12th, found herself within two feet of the target to pick up nearest the pin.

The overall winners were Steve Punter and Martin Bargery with 31 points each.

Steve also won the front nine with 18 points. In second place overall was Paul Fenton. The back nine win went to Martin Lindsey with 17 points while Linsey Gage, Bob Clampett, Mike Wilkes, Paul Fenton and Barbara Shaw all came joint second on the back nine.

Mike Donnahue was second on the front.

To take part in the ‘Saturday Circus’ just turn up at the club before 11.30am on Saturday mornings. All are welcome.

■ ANYBODY wishing to enjoy a romantic four-course Valenties dinner for two at the club can do so by booking a table on 01460 30231 or by visiting the club. Vegetarian options are available.

■ WINDWHISTLE seniors returned to the course on January 15 for the first time since the bad weather.

Only nine holes were available due to the wet conditions and 11 players took part in an individual stableford competition.

Reasonable scores were returned despite the weather and five players managed rounds of under par. However, a splendid round by Martin Curtis won the day with 22 points.

Results: Martin Curtis 22pts, Alan Davis 20, Bernie Skeels 19, John Pearce 19.

On Monday, January 18, the conditions were more favourable and 18 seniors competed in a Bowmaker tournament over 14 holes.

Once again scoring was commendable as Ted Bryden’s team recorded 65 points, but were pipped by Keith Potter’s team by one point. This appeared to have won the day until the captain's team finished with 69 to collect the prize.

Results: John Pearce, Bob Barrow, Fred Oliver 69pts; Keith Potter, John Wallis and Bert Robinson 66; Ted Bryden, Cliff Medcraff and Alan Davis 65.

Thick fog and damp atmosphere greeted the 12 seniors on Wednesday, January 20, and it was deemed prudent to have a Texas Scramble played over 15 holes.

Martin Curtis’ trio were leading the field for most of the way, but a series of five consecutive bogies put them out of contention. In a finish which could not be any closer, Mike Light’s team and Bob Barrow's team recorded scores of gross 61. After the calculators were produced, the former managed to win by 0.5 of a point.

Results: Mike Light, Tony Fairbank and Mike Hone gross 55.1pts; Bob Barrow, Bert Robinson and John Pearce 55.6.