IMPROVING golf prospect Cam Haines showed his early season form by hitting an eagle on his way to winning Ross Golf Club's Mixed 4th Winter Stableford.

The 2017 Club Champion and Juniors Captain Haines playing off a 3 handicap, was in impressive form on the club's yellow course delivering three birdies and an eagle in a gross medal score of 69 to yield him 42 stableford points.

His eagle two at the par four 16th hole would have also been financially remunerative as Haines was one of just five players to benefit through the 2's Club.

The round also provided a great start to his 2019 season which will see Haines now playing off a two handicap.

The Winter Stableford is spread over two days in a series of five monthly competitions from which ultimately emerges the winner of the club's annual honours board major Barnfield Trophy.

The latest round attracted 122 members represented by all sections at the club.

Phil Thompson, 14 handicapper, did his best to catch Haines with an equally impressive round totalling 41 points consisting of one birdie and nine pars to reduce his handicap to 13 and make him runner-up.

Former Ross Junior Joss Edwards was playing in his first major event since recently returning to the Ross Club from Cotswold Hills GC in Cheltenham.

Now a one handicapper Edwards will have been delighted with his 39 points total in a round which included five pars and just two shots dropped to par and equivalent to a gross 69 medal score to take third place.

Other qualifiers who will take their place in the final on March 30, were Stewart Jones, Paul Meek, Stephen Forest, Club Chairman Peter Lawrence, Alexander Harris, Andrew Peterson, Steve Woods, David Taylor, Kingsley Matthews, Iain Bissell and Edward Ballinger.

While in this round a qualifier was not forthcoming from the Ross Ladies section, Ross Junior Rhian McGinley will be pleased that her 29 points total meant she came closest.

McGinley was followed by Sarah Forrest also with 29 points who through her fine performance in the second round is currently the sole lady qualifier to make it a husband and wife representation in the final after Stephen's fine performance in this fourth and penultimate round.

Welsh Professional golfer Becky Morgan who grew up in Ross and was educated locally at the Haberdashers School in Monmouth had additional support and a special incentive when she played in the ISPS Handa Vic Open in Melbourne, Australia, last week.

Morgan, often returns to the Wye Valley to visit her family and friends and in the past two years she has also found time to benefit through coaching at the Ross Club with Aimpoint Specialist Oil Leett and they are often in contact via 'face-time'.

Leett and his family were holidaying in Melbourne when the Vic Ladies Open at the Thirteenth Links course took place last week and he accompanied Morgan each day as her caddie representing a new and exciting experience for him.

Morgan was delighted to give Leett some special acknowledgement after winning her first major Tour Title last year at the Hero Women's Indian Open but failed to make the cut on this occasion.