MARK Riding has savoured a double success at Denton Golf Club, winning both Winter Leagues.And the 48-year-old was delighted to finally get over the line after several near misses.
“I had been due a win as I had been in and around the prizes in competitions for some time,” he said.
Mark added “everything started to click” during the winter and he has been playing the best golf since he joined Denton seven years ago.
“It is about making hay when the sun shines because in golf you can guarantee it won’t last,” explained the six handicapper.
Mark triumphed in the singles after amassing 96 points during the winter to finish clear of Trevor Taylor (91) and Stephen Glenwright (82), his two nearest challengers.
Twenty points were awarded to the winner of a competition going down to one point in 15th place.
After initially landing the singles, the pairs event was clinched in dramatic style.
Mark and his playing partner Mark Hart went into the final event 19 points adrift of leaders Ian Lakin and Anthony McGuire.
The two Marks had to win and hope their rivals did not pick up a point which is what happened, though Ian and Anthony finished 16th, only one place from the points which would have secured a win.
They finished with 106 points with Ian and Anthony on 105 while third were Andrew Worswick and Mark Alexander with 83.
Mark said: “It could not have been more dramatic, and we won despite not playing in three of the competitions.
“During the winter we won a couple of events and were runners-up in another couple.
“In the singles, I didn’t win a competition but was consistently in the top three or four which is what won it for me.”
Mark, a contracts manager for a shop fitting firm, added his rich vein of form has continued with another victory in a four-ball team Stableford with Mark Hart, Wayne Lord and Graham Rose as they amassed 108 points.
He puts his good form of the last couple of years – he has won the Easter Cup twice and Johnstone Trophy – down to practice makes perfect.
Mark, who plays for the B team which won the Oldham and District League last year, explained: “I have learned to chip in the last two years, something I could not do before.
“I work away a lot and take by irons with me and in the evening find a driving range and the work I have put in had paid off.”