WITH the Worcestershire Golf Club course enveloped in cold wintry weather, it was to the credit of the membership that a full field of hardy golfers competed in the Winter Alliance competition.

Playing in teams of four, and with two scores to count on each hole, the standard of play in the Stableford competition was of a high order. It was a day when experienced golfers would come to the fore in the difficult playing conditions.

There was plenty of golfing experience in the team of Brian Brassington, Alan Boyd, Roy Smith and the former president of The Worcestershire Golf Union, Norman Bolton. For much of their round these four players were of the opinion that they would be walking away with the trophy.

Although returning the very creditable score of 90 points, they were pushed into third place by the team of Anthony Cosnett, Pete Sheward, Martin Dowe and Bob Marriott, who returned a score of 92 points.

On the day, however, no-one could compete with the outstanding form of the team composed of former club secretary, Roger Blackwell, former club captain, Charlie Davenport, teamed with Barry Caswell and Richard Kay. They played outstanding golf and won with a score of 93 points.

In the past three weeks, the ladies have held three 12-hole competitions. In the first, a 12-hole Three Ball Alliance, the winners were the team of Norma Pottinger, Jan Strain and April Wilding, who returned a score of 52 points.

The team of former lady captain, Kate Foster, teamed with Debbie Houston and Jenny Butler scored 51 points, and on the count back system they were awarded second place. Former lady captain, Janet Clowrey, led her team of Elsie Kelsall and Zena Lloyd into third place, also with 51 points.

In the second 12-hole Three Ball Alliance competition, the winners, with a score of 48 points, were the team of experienced golfer Betty Mitchell, Judy Colliver and the ladies' secretary, Evelyn Hil. Two former lady captains, Jill Exell and Janet Clowrey, teamed with Jane Quick came second with 45 points.

In the 12-hole Individual Stableford Competition, two players, Trina Smith and Maureen Riley, both returned scores of 22 points in division two of the Bronze Division, but, on the count back system, Trina had to be satisfied with second place with Maureen declared the winner.

In division one of the Bronze Division no count back was needed as Pam Emery-Reynolds won the division by five clear points. Jane Quick came second with a score of 22 points.

In the Silver Division, lady captain, Ruth Scott, was pipped at the post by her lady vice-captain, Veronica Shaw. Ruth returned a score of 22 points with Veronica scoring 23 to gain first place.

In the Junior Medal Competition, James Kear took first place with Stephen Coffey in second spot and James Gath third.

In the Mini Medal, played on the same day, Craig Kear was the winner, with Josh Elston in second place and Bill Thomas third.