This year is the 21st anniversary of Greetham Valley which started life as a driving range with a nine hole par 3 course, quickly added to by two eighteen hole championship courses, the Lakes and the Valley. A bowling club completes the sporting picture. The complex also boasts a thirty five bedroom hotel, a Gym and a two hundred seater function room, restaurants and Lounge Bar – Greetham Valley has taken big strides in a short space of time! For the members though, it is all about the golf. The first white tee competition of the year is the aptly named Anniversary Trophy, a stableford competition off full handicap, to celebrate Greetham Valley’s birthday .
Played on the Lakes course on a warm sunny day with not a great deal of wind, no snow, rain, sleet or fog – almost a normal golf day after the bad winter which seems to have gone on forever. Thirteen handicapper Stephen Bennoson got off to a great start when he parred the first six holes and only dropped a shot at the par four seventh after arguing with the front bunker. Stephen got himself together and went on the par trail again making the next three. After a visit to the trees on the eleventh he dropped his second shot but bounced back with pars on the next two. He was to have another par and a birdie on the long par five sixteenth before two small errors resulted in bogies on the last two holes. However, after dropping only four shots in total he finished with a splendid forty five points, some four points better than second place.
Stephen said that he started out in a great frame of mind, relaxed and positive that the practice that he had put in during the long winter would pay off. He was naturally very happy with the win but even happier to have got his golfing year off to such a great start, he was cut to eleven. Jamie Lowndes was second with a well crafted forty one points, he was cut to eighteen. Terry Dunlop took third place just one point behind and was cut to sixteen.
In the Ladies Anniversary competition, Pat Jamieson took the win on count back from County player Emma Tipping, both Ladies played good steady golf to come in with thirty five points but Pat took the win and the trophy after coming in with a better score on the last three holes. Pat, who has practised very hard during the winter, said that she was happy with her round apart from a blob on the par five second. Mandie Cassie took third place with thirty four points.
Sue Wiles took the win and the lowest gross prize with a brilliant display in the Ladies Midweek Medal played on the Lakes course. Sue, playing off nineteen, shot a gross eighty eight, net sixty nine. Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman off twelve was second with a net seventy nine on count back from former Ladies Captain Jackie Friend.
The Seniors played their first qualifier of the year, the Seniors April Medal on the Lakes course off yellow tees. Nick Meyer off eighteen was in scintillating form in division one and took the win and the overall medal with some three shots to spare. Nick said that everything just seemed to work well, nothing out of the ordinary, just good solid golf shots, he was cut to seventeen. John Taylor off fifteen took second place with a net seventy two. Third and fourth were settled on count back after Robert Gray and 2012 Club Captain Jim Wheeler both came in with a net seventy three, Robert was placed third and Jim Fourth. Peter Giblett off ten had the lowest gross of eighty five.
Geoff Thomas won division two with a net seventy four. Mike Pare and Stuart Dodd were second and third on count back after both scoring a net seventy seven. Dave Lucas and John Morfee took fourth and fifth again on count back with a net seventy eight.
Ros Nicol won the Ladies nine hole stableford qualifier with a score of seventeen. Thirty six handicapper Mimi Harris had fifteen points for second and Pat Dawson off twenty nine was third with fourteen points.
Greetham Valley’s First Team lost their first game of the year against Tydd St. Giles at the weekend. Ryan Tarrant and Scotty Stevenson had to battle really hard to get a half to get the team on the board. Andy Frisby and Ben Gasson lost their game three and two after both players struggled with the putter. Neil Harris and Adam Clegg who recently returned from a six week lay off due to injury, took the win in the third game by five and four after Adam knocked in a string of birdies. Trevor Smith and Bob Green were up against it with former touring Pro Kevin Goude who demonstrated some huge hitting, they lost three and two. Ray Gladwinfield and Chris Steele managed to win their game one up on the last hole. It all now depended on the last game for the Greetham team, a draw to halve the match or a win to win overall. Unfortunately, it ended in a loss for the Greetham duo of Fraser Denholm and Simon Bateman, they lost two down. Team Captain Neil Harris said that they were disappointed to lose but look forward to their next game away to Blankney later in the month.