Ladies Lincolnshire Scratch League Victory for Greetham Valley

Gilly GrantEmma Tipping won the first game in the Ladies’ Scratch League match against Stoke Rochford in great style, she beat Pam Watson seven and six. Sophie Beardsall had been in Bermuda up until a couple of days prior to the match, representing the Isle of Wight in the Island games where she won the silver medal coming second to Guernsey. She beat Stoke’s June Miller four and two. Gilly Grant also won her game against Sue Booth by two and one enabling the team to take all of the points.

This win means that they have now won the Lincolnshire Southern Division Scratch League and they have really done it in style this year, having lost just one game along the way and, having amassed a total of ten points so far, they still have a game in hand. Their nearest competitors, Stoke Rochford and Belton Park have a total of four points each.

The Greetham Valley team have won the head to head final against the Lincolnshire Northern Division winners to take the title for the last two years. Last year they beat Elsham, this year they will play against Woodhall Spa at Kenwick Park on 9th September.

Team Captain Gilly Grant said that they would love to take a hat trick of wins but Woodhall Spa would no doubt like to stop them and take the title themselves! She paid tribute to all of her team members who have supported her and each other quite magnificently.

One hundred and forty Men and Ladies played in the Captains’ Day competition at the weekend, where every single hole was sponsored. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty said that the support from the members and sponsors was fantastic.

The Men’s competition was won with a magnificent score of 46 points by 22 handicapper Marc Joyce. Marc dropped six shots on the front and the same on the back nine, he was cut to 19. Second and third were settled on count back after three players scored forty four points. Ken Mason took second, Ross Mawhinney was third and Nick Pearce was pushed back into fourth place.

The Ladies’ competition was also settled on count back: Ladies Scratch team member Liz Haughton and team Captain Gilly Grant both came home with 38 points. Both Ladies dropped just three shots on the back nine but Liz won the competition thanks to a better final three holes. Lesley Young was third just one point behind with 37.

The weather for the Seniors’ Invitation was warm and dry with a stiff breeze for most of the day, apart from a twenty minute spell of thunder and heavy rain. David Wallace and playing partner Colin Allinson from Brampton Park won the event with 42 points in spite of suffering a blob on the par five second hole. Apart from that, David said that they played and gelled very well together, they had 20 points on the front nine after parring the rest of the holes. They scored 22 points on the back nine with just three shots dropped, a birdie and five more pars.  They beat last year’s winners, Greetham Valley’s Fred Aspin and David Jackson from Burghley Park who came in with 41 points. Third place was won by Peter Perryman and his playing partner P. Williams from Cambridge Menzies, they scored 40 points.

Neil Lowndes won nearest the pin on the twelfth hole, Les Stroud took it on the fourteenth and John Taylor won the longest drive on the eleventh.

Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells said that he was very impressed by the level of support that the competition had garnered and very pleased with the praise for the course from visiting players.

The Seniors had yet another big win to add to their results in matches this year, beating Sleaford at home by seven and a half to a half. Rod said that they will be travelling to Sleaford in just a couple of weeks time where no doubt their hosts will be out for revenge.