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.