POINTS gathering proved relatively difficult for most of the field in Bransford Golf Club's seniors’ December stableford.

Playing off the white tees, Barry Benge clawed his way to the top of the pile to win Division One by one point from Lee Dyment with their respective totals being 38 and 37.

Alan Cockill was third with 36.

The scores were considerably lower in Division Two where David Lindsay took top spot with 32 to see off the challenge of Harry Godwin and Ann Hayden who both had 30.

The Division Three prize went to Martin Linley with 40, three ahead of Andy Falconer, and they were well clear of third-placed David Harvey who finished his round with 32.

A sizeable entry of 66 seniors took part in the Monday fun competition at Bransford which consisted of teams of three using the stableford format.

But the scoring for each hole in the event saw one of each trio nominated to count on every third hole with one other to count.

Conditions were tricky with the course heavy underfoot in parts but it did not prevent Tony Bowman, Falconer and Andrew Jarvis doing just enough to win by one point.

The trio had 80 as they pipped Roy Mayo, Lindsay and Mike Weaver who finished with 79.

Then came Cockhill, Martin and McCurry on 75, Taylor, Clary and Rebbeck on 74 and Pauline Wetton, Wild and Wood on 72.

There was quite a tight finish in the club’s monthly stableford with two Andys battling it out for top spot in Division One.

Eventually, Andy Kennedy triumphed with 38, just one point ahead of Andy Lammas who was in turn one in front of Mitchell Fowles as he returned to the clubhouse with a score of 36.

It was not quite so close in Division Two where Tony Kay won by three points.

He finished with 42, Pete Sheppard had 39 and Sean Jones 38.

Meanwhile, Alexander Park seniors played a stableford with Tim Hollingworth winning.

He scored 38 points off a handicap of 11 with Brian Goode 34-20 and Richard Stevens 31-21 following.