WHATEVER the weather or state of the ground, golfers can adapt and produce surprisingly good scores in adverse conditions.

This was certainly true around the county with some players coping remarkably well with frozen greens and biting easterly winds.

At Leominster Wayne Barton and Graham Loader defied the rock-hard conditions to post 40 stableford points and win their respective sections.

January stableford, division 1: 1 Philip Manns 35 pts, 2 Brendan O'Brien 35, 3 Andrew Manns 34; division 2: 1 Wayne Barton 40, 2 Shane Jones 35, 3 Edward Jones 34; division 3: 1 Graham Loader 40, 2 Dave Morgan 40, 3 Stephen Norton 39.

Drive-in stableford (15 holes), division 1: 1 Phil Manns 31 pts, 2 Kevin Gibbons 27, 3 Ted Amos 27; division 2: 1 John Ford 31, 2 Simon Wilton 29, 3 Mike Green 29; division 3: 1 Ashley Morgan 32, 2 Graham Loader 31, 3 Trevor Perry 31.

n Di and Ray Morris coped well with the temporary greens at Herefordshire GC when they put together a remarkable 46 stableford points to win the January leg of the mixed foursomes series.

Results, (0-19): 1 Viv and Peter Griffiths 45 pts, =2 Marion and Tom McGoran, Pauline and Colin Dean 40, =4 Janet and John Hill, Glynne Hall and George Warley 39; (20+): 1 Di and Ray Morris 46, 2 Peter and Carol Timms 45, 3 Marian and Richard Howe 42, 4 Joy and Jim Phillips 41, 5 Doreen Pomroy and Graham Davies 40.

Ladies' January medal, silver: 1 Sylvia Topley 73 nett, 2 Jane Tubman 80; bronze: 1 Glenda Sandford 73, 2 Joy Phillips 74.

n Low handicappers took the honours in Hereford Municipal's frosty January medal with Phil Green leading the field by a clear three shots.

Results: 1 Phil Green 77-5-72, 2 Dave Wooles 83-8-75, 3 Colin Morgan 93-15-78; juniors: Mark Keddie 110-24-86.

Winter Pairs holders Andy Bowen and Dave East will take on Dave Wooles and Duncan Smith in the semi-finals , and Colin Morgan and Phil Green will be up against Ian McClaren and Brian Thompson.

n Annette Mansie posted the best nett score of 71 to win Burghill Valley Ladies' winter medal.

Results, silver: 1 Annette Mansie 90-19-71, 2 Jan du Cros 94-19-75, 3 Brenda Tingley 96-19-77; bronze A: 1 Glenda Sandford 96-24-72, 2 June Herbert 96-21-75, 3 Sheila Glinos 102-26-76; bronze B: 1 Nettie Park 109-33-76, 2 Rosemary Snowzell 105-29-76, 3 Ann Oldman 114-34-80.

n Jill Wictome carded a fine nett 69 to win Kington Ladies' January medal and bronze division, and Jane Burgoyne took the honours in the silver division with 81.

n Herefordshire professional David Park made a useful start to the 2003 part of the European Tour when he tied for 36th place in the South African Open Champion-ship at Cape Town.

He fired a three-under-par total of 285 (73, 70, 73, 69) and collected £3,500 in the event, which was co-sanctioned with the South African PGA, 11 shots behind the local winner, Trevor Immelman.

After three events of the current European Tour he lies in 25th place in the order of merit table with total prizemoney of £12,200.

An encouraging sign for the future is that he currently leads the 'putts per round' table

This week he stays in South Africa and tees off in the Dunhill Champion-ship at Houghton GC, Johannesburg.