A HEALTHY 93 members took part in Ross Golf Club's first Winter Stableford competition.

The contest started the qualification of 12 players from each of the six stableford events held over the next few months.

These precede the annual Barnfield Trophy being contested by the 60 qualifiers in March 2018.

It was not entirely a surprise that the Handicap Division One was headed by Colin Price, who has enjoyed a consistent summer season.

His handicap was subsequently reduced to 12 as a result of his 41 points giving him a two-point-advantage over his nearest rivals.

In a remarkable turnaround with a meagre seven points to his name after five holes, Price completed his final 13 holes in just one over gross par, which included the capture of two birdies.

He was followed by Jerry Webb, 16-year-old junior vice-captain Liam Greig and Paul Cresswell, who all scored 39 points.

Meanwhile, the standout player in Division Two was 14-year-old Matty Dobbs, who carded an impressive 43 points.

His achievement saw his handicap further reduced to 17 having started the year playing off 30.

The teenager was followed by a host of seniors players who also qualified.

They included Malcolm Thornton, club chairman Graeme Forrester, Robin Henderson-Pugh, Phil Wilson and Stewart Jones.