Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jordan makes plus one ahead of schedule!

Jordan BurdallCounty player and long time Greetham Valley member Jordan Burdall managed to achieve his target of scratch by October last year; his target this year was to get to plus one by the end of 2013. By winning the June Midweek Stableford competition in some style, Jordan has already achieved that goal.

He got off to a bad start in the competition by getting a bogie on the first hole – but bounced back immediately with an eagle on the par five second, this was followed by seven straight pars to put him at one under for the front nine. After par-ing the par three tenth he birdied the eleventh and followed that up with a par on the twelfth.

The thirteenth is a difficult par five for the average golfer but Jordan made it seem easy by reaching the green in two for another birdie. He parred the par three fourteenth and pummelled the next two par fives into submission by getting on in two and birdying both, this meant that he had played the four par fives in five under. A further birdie followed on the par four seventeenth but he finished as he started with an annoying bogie on the eighteenth to give him a score of forty one points. 

Jordan said that he was really annoyed with the two small lapses in concentration that cost him two points, but at least he knows what he needs to concentrate his practice on in the next few weeks! When asked where the improvement in his game had come from Jordan said “I work full time at Greetham Valley and that means that I can practise before work and sometimes after it”. He went on to say that a new fitted Nike driver has given him an extra twenty five yards off the tee and being able to use the par three Academy course to practice his short game was a fantastic bonus. His next target is to win the 0-18 Club Championships in a couple of weeks’ time, with a longer term aim of getting to plus two.

Jordan didn’t have it all his own way in the competition however: Graham Stenson also came in with forty one points but was pushed back into second place on count back and was cut to fourteen. Ben Easson was third with forty points and Paul Downs who won the nineteen to twenty eight championships a couple of weeks ago is still pushing hard to get his handicap down, he was fourth with thirty nine points and was cut to sixteen point eight.

Seniors’ member Stan Holden who passed away a few years ago while playing golf at North Shore in Skegness is remembered fondly by his many friends at Greetham Valley. Old friends and new members joined to make up a big field to compete for the trophy sponsored by his widow Pam. 

The competition was played off yellow tees which had been pushed back as far as they could be on the Lakes course and was played in two divisions. In division two Peter Wood took the win on count back with thirty eight points and was cut to twenty. An in form Frank Maguire, who won the Seniors Medal just a couple of weeks ago, was pushed back into second place and was cut to twenty two. Third and fourth were also settled on count back as both players came home with thirty seven points. Stuart Dodd took third and was cut to nineteen, Chris Dawson was fourth but saw his handicap go down to twenty six.

The winner of the trophy came from division one but it was a very close thing and was settled on count back. Ken Moore off seventeen had a great game and came in with thirty nine points to take the win thanks to a better final three holes. Ken said that he was extremely pleased with the win as just about everybody in the seniors section wanted to win the trophy; he will look forward to prize night in November when Pam Holden will be invited to present it. 

A good friend of Stan’s, Robert Birch, was gutted to lose out on count back: the fourteen handicapper, who had been playing well, bogied the final three holes to put himself out of contention. Eight handicapper Ken Porter and John Taylor off fifteen both came in with thirty seven points and also went to count back., Ken took third and John was fourth.

Greetham Valley’s First Team travelled to Tydd St Giles keen to reverse their opening fixture defeat at home. Jordan Burdall and Chris Steele had a tough match but eventually secured the first point with a two and one win. Andrew Frisby and Fraser Denholm increased Greetham’s lead, winning three and one. Father and son Paul and Adam Clegg couldn’t match ex tour pro Kevin Goode, they finished three and two down. Second team Captain Alan Bennett and Pete Dickinson, both having their first outing for the First Team, managed to secure an advantage for Greetham Valley with a three and two win. This was quickly followed by a sound performance from Club Captain Trevor Smith and former Captain Bob Green seeing off another home pairing for a four and two victory to secure all the points for Greetham. The final pairing of George Grant and Scotty Stephenson suffered a heavy defeat of six and five but it was academic as Greetham Valley had secured maximum points yet again to strengthen their league position. 

Team Captain NeiI Harris was unable to be with the team this week but said that the performances, yet again, by the whole team was very rewarding. With only three matches remaining they need to keep their focus. They entertain Blankney in two weeks time, a strong team who will no doubt be seeking revenge after being heavily defeated at home. 

Gillian Upton had a great game in the Ladies’ June Midweek Stableford played on the Lakes course. She came in to take the win with an impressive thirty eight points and was cut to twenty six. County player Emma Tipping off two was second with thirty five points and Sally Bowker off thirteen was third, she came in with  thirty three points.

 The Mixed Team are on a roll at the moment, they thrashed Kibworth at home by six games to nil in a greensomes format. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman who is running the team this year said that they are in good form and look forward to welcoming Thorney Lakes to Greetham Valley in a couple of weeks’ time.

Alex wins competition with pride and nett 63!

Alex CarterHowling winds with gusts of fifty plus miles an hour and rain forecast for the whole of Rutland – perfect weather for golf? That was what greeted the competitors playing for the London Pride Gold Medal. The competition in two divisions was notable for some really good scores and some real stinkers. The best score of the day came from Alex Carter, playing off twelve in division one who not only ripped the course apart to win the competition but took the lowest gross to round it off.

Alex got off to a good start with two pars, he then dropped a shot on the third but bounced back immediately with a birdie on the next to bring him back to level par. After three more pars he dropped a shot on the eighth but again managed to get it back with a birdie on the ninth, level par for the front nine, so far so good. However, he dropped three shots in the next three holes which considering the weather on the day, is understandable. Alex regrouped and shot six straight pars to finish with a gross seventy five, just three over par, this gave him a nett sixty three. To put it into perspective, the nearest competitor to him had a nett seventy. It seemed that on the day, everybody but Alex found the conditions very challenging. He said that he felt good before playing and that feeling stayed with him for the whole day. He was slightly annoyed about the dropped shots at the start of the back nine but he said that he was proud with the way that he dealt with it. Alex was cut to ten and will now look forward to the two day 0-18 Club championships in July. Dave Copley off thirteen took second place with a nett seventy and was cut to twelve. Paul Jenkinson off ten was third, just one shot behind and was cut to nine.

Alex will have to wait to see if he has qualified for the London Pride Gold Medal Final which is played for at Woodhall Spa. Only two competitors from each county in England will qualify for what is a great prize for club handicap golfers – the chance to play two rounds on one of the finest golf courses in the UK, all expenses paid including hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a drinks reception. The final will be played over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th August in a stableford format. A total of 84 players will qualify for it.

Mark Mousley off fourteen took the win in division two and the lowest gross with a splendid eighty four, he was cut to thirteen. Greetham Valley’s handicap secretary Bernard Bell off sixteen, took second place on count back with a nett seventy two and was cut to fifteen. Peter Keast was pushed into third and was cut to nineteen.

The weather was dry but cloudy for the 56 competitors playing in the Ladies’ Open on the Lakes course at Greetham Valley. The competition was a team of four with the best two scores to count off three quarter handicap. The team of Yvonne Wanby, Lora Law, Jill Edmond and Olive Green from Luffenham Heath were the eventual winners with seventy six points. Second place on count back went to  Angela Wheeler and Liz Darrell from Greetham Valley, Yvonne Gilman from Luffenham Heath and Sandra Juggins from Peterborough Milton, they were two points behind on seventy four. Kay Ropson, Helen Pru  and Kate Graves from Sleaford and Liz Taylor from Greetham Valley lost out on the count back and were awarded third place. Sue Parker from Sleaford won nearest the pin on the par three fourteenth, overall a very good day out for the visitors. Greetham Valley members are proud of their courses and the quality of the greens staff led by Adi Porter, they were pleased to hear so many positive comments from visitors on the day with particular praise reserved for the quality of the greens.

John Taylor playing off sixteen won division one of the Seniors June Medal, John had a gross eighty four and was cut to fifteen. The best gross of the day and second place went to ten handicapper Ken Stewart with a great eighty. Brian Parker and Howard Miller both scored a nett seventy one but Brian took third on count back.

Peter Palmer won division two on count back from Ian Kellam. Both players scored a nett sixty eight but Ian had the small consolation of winning the lowest gross. Peter Wood was third with a nett seventy two.

Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells and his team are having a very successful year but had one of their few losses when playing against Rutland Water away, however, they bounced back only a few days later with a four to two win away at Humberstone Heights. Rod and his team haven’t lost many games away this year.

The Ladies are also doing very well: despite wind, rain and lightning, the league team won away at Blankney by two and a half to one and a half. In the match at home to Scraptoft, the Greetham Valley team won four nil.

In the inaugural Mixed Team match against Belton Woods played on the Lakes course, the Greetham Valley team led by Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman had a great win, four and a half to one and a half. The Belton Woods team said they had a great day out and hope that this can be a regular fixture both home and away.

FREE! 3 months Academy course membership

Beginners’ Group Golf Lessons just £25pp for
4 x 1 hour group lessons plus 3 months FREE Academy Course membership at Greetham Valley. What an offer!

Ladies, gents and juniors are all welcome to book a place on one of PGA professional Jim Hetherington’s beginners’ group golf tuition courses this summer for the incredible price of just £25 per person and to enjoy a whole 3 months of unlimited golf absolutely free on Greetham Valley’s nine hole par 3 course to practice all the skills you will learn!

These beginners’ lessons are the ideal introduction to the wonderful and not so mysterious game of golf – not only is it a perfect platform to learn a new sport in a group supported environment, it’s also a superb opportunity to meet other novices and make new friends and potential future playing partners. Golf is after all a very sociable game for the majority of golfers – and who hasn’t heard of the ’19th hole’? Bantering about your game over a pint or glass of wine or two in the Clubhouse can be as much fun and as enjoyable as the infamous après-ski!

To book your place on the next round of Beginner’s Group Golf Lessons, contact:
Jim Hetherington
PGA Professional
Mobile: 07712 052763

Patrick from Belgium wins stay in Rutland Lodges

Rutland Lodges at Greetham ValleyPatrick de Schutter from Belgium is the latest lucky winner in one of Greetham Valley’s competition draws. This time the prize was a short break in a Rutland Lodge at Greetham Valley.

Patrick stayed with us in May while taking part in an international fly fishing competition on Rutland Water and says ‘I am very pleased to hear I have won a stay in Greetham Valley! It’s a beautiful place to stay …..’

We look forward to welcoming Patrick and his family and friends back to Rutland later this year.

Summer dining at Greetham Valley

Fish FridaySummer Dining at Greetham Valley

New for June, we have now launched our stunning Fish Friday Menu. All fresh from the trawler with a brand new menu each week based on the best of the catch! This week features some real treats:  North Atlantic Turbot, Razor Clams and a firm favourite, Salmon Bisque! The Fish Friday Menu will be available in the Valley Restaurant each Friday from 6pm til 9pm from June onwards. So whether fish is a firm favourite or you are just wanting to try something new, give it a go!

It’s back! The ever popular Sizzling Saturday BBQ is making a return for Summer. Grab your family and friends and let us do all the hard work whilst you relax with something cold from the bar! At just £12 per person, our four meat BBQ plus all the trimmings is fabulous value. Served from 6pm til 9pm every Saturday evening, no matter the weather!

Too busy to cook this Sunday? Come and join us for our Sunday Lunch Carvery. From just £9.50 per person with a children’s menu also available there’s no reason not to come to Greetham Valley! We use only the finest, local ingredients to make the perfect Sunday Roast that leaves everyone looking forward to their next visit!

You can book your table with Hotel Reception on 01780 460444 or just join us on the day!

Steve wins hotly contested June Medal

Steve BurgonThe June Medal was played off white tees on the Lakes course, the weather had changed from sunny to overcast but at least it was dry. Steve Burgon, off sixteen and playing in division two, had an absolutely fantastic game, he came off the 16th green having dropped just eight shots, only to have a nightmare finish. Steve had a treble bogie on the 17th after hitting his drive out of bounds, he then went on to shoot a double on the 18th. He said that a small lapse in concentration was all it took to throw away five shots in two holes. However, and much to his surprise, his nett sixty nine was still enough to win the medal and see him cut to fourteen. Steve said that he could have kicked himself for the silly errors that cost him a fantastic round and a possible cut to twelve; having said that, he was very pleased that the hard work that he put in for most of his round was rewarded. Steve shared the lowest gross with second placed David Holmes and Iain Bain who took third, they all scored an eighty five gross.

Neil Ross won division one with a nett seventy one, the three places behind him were settled on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy two. Dave Pusch took second, Dave Copley was third and Steve Anderson was pushed back into fourth. Nick Cunnington and Ben Gasson shared the lowest gross after shooting a gross seventy eight. Jack Chisholm won division three with a nett seventy, Andrew Cooley was only one shot behind in second place, he also won the lowest gross. Two players were split on count back after both shot a nett seventy two, Adrian Cunningham took third and Mark Musgrove was pushed into fourth place.

The First Team travelled to Sutton Bridge on Saturday hoping to retain the top position in the league but, with a player ill and insufficient time to arrange a replacement, the task suddenly became more difficult. Captain Neil Harris had a difficult choice to make – who to send out alone against a home pairing. Neil decided that it would be unfair to ask anybody else so he did it. Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson battled all the way to the 18th for a well deserved half. Chris Steele and Scotty Stephenson cruised home with a six and four win. The father and son pairing of Paul and Adam Clegg followed suit with a solid five and four victory to place Greetham Valley in a good position to take all the league points. However the home side fought back and despite an heroic effort from Fraser Denholm and Bob Green they were unlucky to finish one down in the end. Greetham Valley needed one win from either of the last two games still out on the course and with the final pairing of George Grant and Ally McNaughton struggling to overcome the home pairing the pressure was mounting. George and Ally finally lost out, finishing four and two down.

It now all depended upon Neil Harris in the final game on the course. Having trailed early in his match, Neil managed to hold a slender lead at the turn, only to see it reversed after twelve holes. However wins for Neil on the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth provided a one hole lead which was maintained for the remaining holes resulting in an epic three and a half to two and a half victory for the Greetham Valley team.

Neil said “Arriving with a man down just made the task that little bit harder, but the whole team just rolled their sleeves up and battled hard to the very end for a truly solid team performance. The spirit in the team is good but we cannot relax with difficult fixtures both home and away ahead of us.” Their next game is away at Tydd St. Giles on the 22nd of this month.

Tyrone Moreno-Melgar won the June Midweek Medal which was played on the par sixty eight Valley course. Tyrone off fifteen came home with a fantastic nett sixty two and was cut to thirteen. Three players finished with a nett sixty four, twenty two handicapper Simon Bell was second and was cut to twenty. Four handicapper and first team regular Andrew Frisby took third. Paul Downs who won the 19-28 Championship last week was fourth and saw his handicap cut to eighteen. This means that Paul is now eligible for the two day 0-18 Championship next month.

The Ladies’ June Medal was played on the Lakes course on Sunday and was won by Gilly Grant. Gilly, playing off ten, shot a gross eighty four to take the win and the lowest gross. Helen Woolley was second with a nett eighty and Sue Brand was just one shot behind in third.

Greetham Valley’s Second Team played against Toft at home on Saturday. They won the first three games and needed just a half to take full points, however, the remaining three Toft pairs fought back and the result was a halved match. Team Captain Alan Bennett said that it was a small set back but they are still in a good position to gain promotion and possibly win the league.

Ladies’ free golf taster session at Greetham Valley in Rutland!

Wednesday 12 June 6pm
Ladies’ FREE
golf taster session!
PGA professional Jim Hetherington is holding a free golf taster session for Ladies at Greetham Valley on Wednesday 12 June at 6pm. All equipment will be provided, please wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes or trainers.  Please phone Jim on 07712 052763 for more details

Motown comes to Greetham Valley!

Friday 5 July
Motown Tribute –  join us for a fabulous evening of soulful food and musical entertainment – everyone welcome!

Enjoy a superb two course themed dinner, then dance until midnight to the fantastic sound of live band Shadows of Motown, plus disco with Rutland Radio’s Rob Persani.

7.30pm to midnight    Tickets £22.50pp

Click here for our Motown Tribute Night menu

Ticket reservations: Greetham Valley Reception, tel (01780) 460444

Paul celebrates return to golf with fine Championship win

Paul DownsGood weather greeted the competitors in the 19-28 Handicap Club Championship at Greetham Valley a few days ago. This is a one day competition played on the Lakes course and was won last year by James Ablett who won both the nett and the gross trophies. He was in it again this year and was playing well up to the fifteenth; James thought that he was in with a chance of defending his crown until a very unwelcome eight on the par five sixteenth. James steadied the ship with a par on the next hole but had a disaster on the final hole when a nine on the tough par four eighteenth took him right out of contention, he finished third with a gross ninety eight. Bill Skinner finished in second place two shots better with a ninety six gross.

The winner, Paul Downs, did very well to keep his focus and despite the odd wayward shot stormed to the win with the lowest gross of the day, ninety two, he also won the nett competition. This was a remarkable win considering that Paul, who was a member at Burghley Park for three years, stopped playing golf some eight years ago to concentrate on playing football. With the birth of his first child being quickly followed by a second, Paul couldn’t find time to play football, golf and be a Dad, so golf went out of the window. Paul played football with Stamford Bels and also had a year as first team Manager, he said that he had really enjoyed his football but at the age of thirty eight and the bones creaking a little, golf suddenly seemed a better option.

After his eight year sabbatical Paul returned to golf in April of this year and has already got two trophies and his name on the honours board. He said that he was really pleased with the way that he kept his concentration levels high dropping only nine shots in the first thirteen holes but thought that he had blown it with double bogies on the final two holes. However, gross ninety two was more than good enough to win it. Paul will be entering as many qualifiers as he can in an effort to get his handicap down this year and, who knows, he may even get it down in time for the two day 0-18 Club Championship on the 13th July!

The Seniors under the Captaincy of Rod Wells are having a very successful year; in the recent match away at Whetstone, they had a terrific half and almost won it. The team were four three up with the result dependent upon the last match out, the Whetstone players managed to sink a tough putt on the final hole to snatch a win one up. A few days later Rod and his team welcomed The Leicestershire to Greetham Valley and beat them in wet conditions four and two. Rod said that he has no problem finding players for matches and everybody tries their very best, they have won more games this year than they have halved or lost.

The Seniors May Stableford qualifier was played in very windy conditions, hence the lowness of the scores. Eight handicapper Ken Porter won division one with thirty four points. The next four places were settled on count back as they all came in with thirty three points. John Taylor was awarded second and John Dowding third. David Wallace and Ken Stewart were pushed back into fourth and fifth places respectively. Charles Guttridge playing off twenty won division two with thirty five points. Dennis Cleggett took second with thirty four and twenty two handicapper John Morfee was third with thirty two.

Greetham Valley played host to Burghley Park in the Ladies League match on Saturday. Burghley were already at a disadvantage as they couldn’t field a full team, this meant that Greetham Valley started the match already one game up. The match was played on the Lakes course in warm conditions with very little in the way of wind. The team led by Jackie Friend won three and one, they now look forward to their next league match away to Blankney on the 13th June.

Peter De Kremer, playing in the last group off in the Jubilee Trophy on Monday just pipped the long time club house leader Jack Vernall to the win. Peter playing off seven got off to a bad start with a double bogie on the first but went on to make four birdies and six pars to finish up with thirty eight points beating Jack by one point. Fourteen handicapper Robert Gray was third with thirty five points.