Howling 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.