Fourteen handicapper Robert Lewin has been struggling of late with his driving, losing distance, trajectory and more importantly, confidence. Before playing in division one of the Moore Stephens Trophy at the weekend, he sent out an SOS to Greetham Valley coach Jim Hetherington. Robert said that Jim changed his swing plane, which had become very upright, into the correct swing path. That lesson paid off really well as Robert played to six under his handicap to win the Trophy with a gross 80. He had a round which included seven pars and two birdies to win with a nett 66 and was cut to thirteen. Robert said that he was thrilled to have won but was even happier with his new found confidence.
Simon Linnell playing off eight, was second with a nett 69 and was cut to seven. Peter Zimmer Smith was cut to thirteen after taking third on count back. Trevor Smith off one won the lowest gross shooting a 74.
Les Kowal took the win in division two with a nett 71 and was cut to sixteen. Malcolm Gray off twenty four was second on count back with a nett 74 from Mark Hibbitt, both players scored a nett 73. Les and Mark also shared the lowest gross prize.
Jackie Friend won the Ladies’ Moore Stephens Trophy with a nett 73. Jackie said that it was a game of two halves, the front nine was dry and sunny and she struggled with her putting, three putting on three greens. However, as soon as it started raining and the wind got up, she started to putt better and had a much better back nine to take the win and earn herself a cut to seventeen.
Heather Morgan was second with a nett 74 on count back from Bev Dolman and Sophie Beardsall. Sophie playing off scratch won the lowest gross.
Six handicapper William Hopkins from Sleaford Golf Club had a fantastic round in searing heat to take the win in the Rutland Times Junior Open. William shot two birdies and ten pars to win the Gross trophy with a brilliant 76. Thomas Forster from Elton Furze Golf Club, playing off two, was second with 77. Third place went to Bradley Watkins from Ullesthorpe Golf Club playing off five, he came in with a gross 80. James Bright won the nett prize with a 69.
The Seniors followed their win against Sleaford last week with a four two win against visitors Cosby Golf Club. Captain Rod Wells said he was pleased with the win and looks forward to travelling to Sleaford next week.
The C Team also had an emphatic win during the week, defeating Kibworth Golf Club by seven to one at home. Captain Neil Sellars takes his team to Kibworth for the return leg this week.
The First Team travelled to Burghley Park Golf Club in the knowledge that any one of four teams could still win the Division Two title. Burghley were keen to reverse the result from the previous meeting at the end of May when Greetham won. Most of the games were close through the front nine with a draw looking a likely result, but Burghley edged ahead in the front two matches with Adam Clegg and Fraser Denholm suffering a two and one defeat. The same scoreline against Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson saw Burghley take an early lead. Trevor Smith and Bob Green saw their lead snatched away and they lost out on the final green to go one down. Paul Clegg and Richard Wilson recorded the first win for Greetham with a three and two victory, this was followed by a one up victory for Neil Harris and Nick Cunnington. However, a heavy defeat for Ray Gladwinfield and Scotty Stevenson meant Burghley took maximum points and now head the division two table. They head to Blankney in two weeks time needing only a draw to secure the title and promotion to the top flight.
Team Captain Neil Harris said, “We battled hard and at one stage we thought we would manage the draw which could have put us in a strong position to win the league but it wasn’t our day and we just didn’t have the strength in depth needed to overcome a determined Burghley Park side. We wish them luck in their final fixture.”