Monthly Archives: January 2013

Greetham Valley’s black labrador Jazz in the snow!

The recent snowy weather may well have frustrated an awful lot of golfers – but Greetham Valley’s black labrador Jazz had a whale of time!  Mill Cottage, our self catering holiday cottage next door to Jazz’s home, had a little white Pomeranian like this one staying as a guest last week. It’s just as well it thought it was too cold to venture into the 8 inches of snow too often as it really resembled a noisy, walking snowball much to Jazz’s bewilderment…. She simply did not know what to make of it!

Snow affects Greetham Valley’s winter golf competitions

Greetham Valley’s Winter League has been affected by the recent bad weather, only four of the scheduled eight rounds having been played so far. Club Secretary Dennis Millington is trying hard to reschedule dates to bring the groups up to date.

In division one Gary Graham and Kevin Burdall took full advantage of the good weather before the snow hit to register the perfect score so far. They have played four and won four, taking the maximum eight points for the lead in the division. Steff Dutton and Alan Bennett, who had a bye in one round, are second having won two and lost one, they have four points as do Brian Langston and Andrew Sutton in third. Bernard Bell and Neil Crees lead division two with the only other perfect score of played four and won four, they are three points ahead of Bill Skinner and Graham Day who have lost two of their four games. Last year’s Winter League winners, Iain Bain and Dave Morgan have the same score and are looking forward to the restart of the competition this Saturday to get their challenge back on track. 

Kevin Ingle and Andy Webb, Steve Sharples and Mick Jones have all played four and lost one, they have six points in division three and are three points ahead of Les Kowal and Jason Giblett in third. Steve Chisholm and Steve Burgon, Mark Hibbitt and Ray Gladwinfield also have six points apiece in division four, two ahead of Brian McInerney and Andy Dickinson. The top two pairs in each division will go forward to the quarter finals on the third of March.

Players in the Winter Order of Merit have also had a frustrating wait for the snow to clear, the next fixture is on Sunday3rd February. Ian Copley leads with Adam Clegg in second, George Grant is close behind in third.  Dave Copley is a mere point four behind in fourth and Paul Jenkinson is in fifth only point six behind him. Having lost two rounds to the weather, organiser Neil Harris said that with the top twenty being so close to each other, it could turn into a sprint to the finish.

Valentine’s Party Night at Greetham Valley

Valentines Party Night

Friday 15th February
Bring loved ones and friends to dance the night away at our fabulous Valentine’s Party Night on Friday 15th February.

Tickets are just £20pp to include a delicious two course meal and disco. Or why not stay the night for just £107 per couple to include two tickets for the party?

Click here for Valentine’s Party Night menu

Dietary requirements catered for with pleasure – please ask!

Please note: small groups may be seated with others on a large table.  We host one of Rutland’s most popular party nights – book early and bring your party to ours!

Ticket reservations: 01780 460444

Arrive:        7.30pm
Carriages:  midnight

Golf Club members raising funds for Air Ambulance

The Air Ambulance receives nothing from Government funding and is only kept flying by public donation. Airshots Golf Society is the brain child of Greetham Valley member Colin Eversden and they have raised £1400 in the last twelve months for the Air Ambulance. After the tragic death of Greetham Valley chef James Adamson in August 2010, Colin decided to find a way to get funds for the service after their valiant efforts to save James. Airshots is made up of thirty two members from four different golf clubs in Lincolnshire and Rutland and they play six or seven venues each year. Funds for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance are made up of monies raised from raffles, “good natured” fines and some of the entry fee for each venue. They have a fixed price for each game irrespective of what the venue charges and any excess goes to the fund. They have also been very lucky to find like minded sponsors to support them. Sunlight Laundry, The Pyramid snooker club and the Ps and Qs golf society have all been a great help.

Colin hopes to attract more members for the 2013 season and raise even more funds. Greetham Valley vice Captain Shaun Denholm, who spends a lot of his time raising funds for the Air Ambulance, said that what Colin and the lads have done is fantastic and added that but for people like them, the service wouldn’t be able to operate. Shaun runs the Air Ambulance Lottery in our area, each entry costs only 50 pence per line and offers up to a thousand pounds in prize money each month. He said that a small amount from a lot of people can add up to be a massive help to the service. For details of how you can enter the lottery or join Airshots, contact Fred Aspin at

Round 13 of the Winter Order of Merit was very unlucky for some, played in cold and windy conditions, with only three players managing to come in under par. Chris Wheatland jumped from twenty eighth to twelfth position when he took his first win of the series with forty points, he will play off ten next time around. Another solid performance from George Grant saw him take second spot with thirty nine, he jumped from ninth to third and loses a shot and for the next round, he will play off seven. Steve Anderson took third place, he scored thirty seven points and will play off six in the next game.

The top five all struggled in the Rutland weather conditions: Adam Clegg has dropped off the top spot and is now second with a hundred and fifty three points. Ian Copley moves up to first place with a hundred and fifty five, George Grant is third with a hundred and forty eight point four. Dave Copley is a mere point four behind in fourth and Paul Jenkinson is in fifth only point six behind him. Out of the top twenty four only two players have escaped having their handicaps cut.

Organiser Neil Harris said that Chris is the thirteenth first time winner of the series so far and it is extremely congested at the top, anyone from anywhere in the table could win this year.

Record rainfall at Greetham Valley

Hi all

Firstly just an update on the total rainfall for 2012: we had 992mm, which is a record amount at Greetham Valley in the 18 years I have been keeping records, so let’s just keep our fingers crossed that it is not repeated  through this year.
Well I hope you all had a good Christmas and were able to get out on the golf course for a few holes, at least it stayed relatively dry through the holiday period. There are still some very wet areas on the Valley course which is why there are buggy restrictions on there, but we are allowing buggies on the Lakes course.
We cut all areas of the course that we were able to get to last week, which has given me the feeling that spring is just around the corner, although there is now a total different feel this week, with snow now covering the courses! Hopefully it won’t hang around for too long to disrupt your golfing plans.
We have just about finished topping up the bunkers, but if you do come across one that has very little sand in then please let me or one of my staff know and we will replenish it.
Block paving has commenced and my aim is to complete around the putting green and then start the path leading up to the 10th green on the Lakes, this should keep us busy for several weeks once the snow has gone, but if we have time we will continue with more in other areas of the course.
Some of the benches have been brought in for refurbishment and will be returned as soon as possible.
Enjoy your golf in 2013!


New Year, New Captains at Greetham Valley

The first day of the new year brings a change to the club officials at Greetham Valley. We say goodbye and thank you to Jim Wheeler and Eileen Pare and welcome new Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty. Last year Jim and Eileen had the Evergreen Care Trust as their charity for the year; for 2013, Trevor and Sheila have gone to the other end of the spectrum. This year they will be supporting the Premature Baby Department in Neo Natal at the Peterborough Hospital, they got the fund off to a good start with four hundred pounds from a raffle on the day. Trevor and Sheila praised the work done by Jim and Eileen in 2012 and promised to keep up the same high standards.

Before the new Captains could take over the reins, the highly pressurised drive in on the tenth took place. This is not a hole for the faint hearted as participants have to get over a lake, a ditch and a large and “inviting” chunk of rough, all in front of a happy band of members cheering them on, fortunately the four managed it with ease. After that the members took part in a nine hole combined pairs stableford competition. 2013 Vice Captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman took the honours on the front nine with thirty three points. Greetham Valley Secretary Dennis Millington and partner Chris Harper were second with thirty.

The back nine was not as straightforward, two teams came in with thirty four points and had to be separated on count back. Matt Williams and Michael Fish had the better final three holes and took the win, Matt’s father in law Glenn Sharpe and Graham Smith were second. 

Neil Harris will take over as first team captain and Alan Bennett will carry on in charge of the second team. Bev Dolman will captain the mixed team and Shaun Denholm the B team. Jackie Friend will become Ladies’ League Captain, Neil Sellars will look after the C team and Rod Wells the Seniors. Sam Ewing takes over as Junior Captain.

Round twelve of the Winter Order of Merit started in fog but after just a couple of holes the sun shone through to give perfect golfing conditions. The competitors took advantage of it and the scoring was noticeably better than in the wet conditions of late. Fred Aspin playing off thirteen shot the best score of the day, forty three to take first place, he lost two shots and will play off eleven next week. Fred who has been in the doldrums over the past few weeks with his putting had help from Greetham Valley Pro Jim Hetherington who quickly put him back on the right track. Steff Dutton was second with forty one points and is docked one shot, he will play off five in the next round; Graham Smith took third spot with forty and was docked point five to take him to three. Fred played with George Grant, Graham Smith and Paul Jenkinson. The quartet all hit the green on the very difficult par three fourteenth and almost came off with the perfect score: Fred, George and Paul all birdied it and Graham parred it.  

Overall leader Adam Clegg now playing off two didn’t have a very good day but still leads the competition with one hundred and fifty two points, Ian Copley is only four points behind him in second. Paul Jenkinson has crept quietly up the table each week and is now in third, less than four points behind Ian. Dave Copley dropped to fourth this week, he has one hundred and forty one points. The ever dependable Graham Smith moves up a position into fifth just eight points behind. Fred Aspin is this week’s biggest mover, he moves from twenty third place up to seventh.

Winter Order of Merit last rounds of 2012

Week ten of the Winter Order of Merit held just before Christmas was a bit of a wash out. Everybody started but due to torrential rain and high winds affecting Rutland and beyond, organiser Neil Harris decided to make it a nine hole roll up instead. With no points on offer this meant that the Copley brothers, Ian and Dave still led the table over Christmas.

Week eleven was also very windy but at least everybody started in dry conditions. When the rain did arrive the lead group had only four holes of it, the last group however had it as a companion from hole seven. With the worst of the weather to contend with it was surprising that the top three came from this group. Nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson, ten handicapper Peter Bagshaw and Adam “Bassett” Clegg off four all had nineteen points on the front nine and after fifteen they were still tied. Paul who had been playing very steady golf up to then had his first bad hole when he double bogied the sixteenth to drop behind the other two. Adam had a good par save but Peter excelled by chipping in for a birdie to take the lead in the group. Peter ended up in the fifteen foot deep green side bunker on the seventeenth with his second shot and managed to get a five out of it, Adam parred it so for the pair of them it was all down to the last hole. The pair parred that too but Paul did one better, he birdied it.

Paul came third overall with thirty six points and was docked point five. Peter and Adam came in with thirty eight and were separated on count back, Peter took second place and lost a shot off his handicap. Adam took the win and lost two shots, he will play off two in week twelve, he also became the tenth winner of the series so far.  

The top twenty have all had shots taken off them apart from Wayne Terrett who is climbing steadily up the leader board and sits in eighth place. Adam, who won last year’s competition, moves up from fourth place to lead the series with a hundred and fifty one. Last week’s leader Ian Copley dropped into second place only four points behind, Dave Copley is now third and sits a further seven points behind. Paul Jenkinson with a hundred and twenty eight moves into fourth and Paul Clegg who didn’t play due to family commitments, drops a place to fifth some twenty nine points behind his son Adam. The biggest jump of the week came from Peter Bagshaw who moves from twenty third to seventh. 

In the following pack eighteen points covers sixth to twentieth position so anybody who can string two or three good weeks together can change the face of the overall table completely.

Shaun and Bev are 2013 Vice Captains

Air Ambulance Lottery co-ordinator Shaun Denholm and Lincolnshire Ladies’ Secretary Bev Dolman have been announced as Greetham Valley Golf Club’s Vice Captains for 2013. As well as their normal duties, Shaun will also run the B team taking over from Jim Wheeler and Bev will take care of the mixed team run this year by Sheila Douty. They were very happy to have been asked to take up the positions but said that it has been quite hard to keep it a secret from friends and other interested parties. They are excited about working for the club alongside the 2013 Captains, Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty. Picture shows the 2013 Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty, 2012 Captains Jim Wheeler and Eileen Pare alongside Peter Macdonald Pearce, 2012 Seniors’ Captain and the new Vice Captains for next year Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman. 

Greetham Valley’s Winter Order of Merit has had a different winner every week so far and week nine was no exception. Paul Clegg and Ian Copley both came in with forty one points and had to be separated on count back. Paul took the win and the fifty points, he was also docked two shots and next week will play off four. For Ian it was bittersweet, this is the third time that he has lost out on first place but he drops only one shot and will play off ten next week. George Grant was third with fifty points and looses point five off his handicap.

The top of the order of merit table looks like a family affair at the moment. Ian has overtaken his brother Dave to lead overall with a hundred and forty two points, long time leader Dave is eleven points behind. Paul Clegg’s win has seen him jump from sixteenth to third with a hundred and twenty points just eleven points ahead of last years winner, his son Adam. Paul Jenkinson has been playing a very steady game and without winning has moved up from tenth to fifth place with ninety eight points.

Organiser Neil Harris said that it has never been this open where a top three place can shoot somebody up the table so quickly.

Eight handicapper Neil Lowndes won division one of the seniors medal with a net seventy two shooting the lowest gross along the way. David Wallace was second on count back from Malcolm Barnes, they both had a net seventy three. Ian Kellam won division two with a net seventy two on count back from Peter Wood and Tony King was third with seventy three.