Seniors’ Captain’s Day at Greetham Valley is usually quite a long one, this year’s fifty four competitors played eighteen holes on the Lakes course then nine holes on the par three Academy course. It had been cancelled in September due to heavy rain and this time the weather for Rutland was held warm, sunny but very windy. Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells got his game off to a bad start by not scoring on two of the first three holes. However, his game got better after that and he came in with thirty five points. Rod then took on the far from easy par three Academy course and came in with nineteen points.
After the bad start, he was happy to have played the rest of the course quite well and that his short game on the Academy course was good enough to help him to the win. Rod is the first Seniors’ Captain to win the Captains Day while in office.
Terry McNulty was second with thirty seven on the Lakes and sixteen on the Academy. George Cooper was third with thirty five and eighteen.
The best scores on the Lakes were: David Kirtland, thirty six, Dick Thirlwell thirty five and Neil Lowndes thirty five. Ian Jarvis won the Academy course with twenty one, Denis Watts was second with twenty and Peter Giblett was third, he also scored twenty.
Rod had, only a few days earlier, led his team to another win against Stoke Rochford. The team had won the away leg of the two games earlier in the year and knew that the Stoke team would be doing all they could to avenge that defeat. As at Stoke, the game could have gone either way as some results were quite close, however, Greetham Valley won by five games to three on the day. Greetham’s next game is against Rutland Water at home this week.
Trevor Smith who had held the record with a gross sixty seven for several years was second in the medal with a gross sixty nine, nett sixty seven and was cut to one. Kevin Shilham off nine, Ryan Tarrant off four and Peter Bagshaw off nine were third fourth and fifth on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy.
The Seniors Medal was played on the Lakes course on an overcast day with occasional spells of rain. Keith Heppenstall won division one with a nett sixty eight and was cut to fifteen. Peter Wood was second with seventy on count back from Jack Vernall. Neil Lowndes won the lowest gross with an eighty two.
John Morfee won division two and the medal with a nett sixty seven and was cut to twenty, John also won the lowest gross with eighty nine. Denis Watts shot a gross ninety, nett sixty seven to come second but had a much better reason to celebrate after scoring a fantastic hole in one at the par three sixth hole. He said that he hit a sweet six iron at the flag, it bounced a couple of times then went straight into the hole to register Denis’s first hole in one; he was cut to twenty one. Charles Guttridge came third with a nett sixty eight.
Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman, Liz Haughton, and Pat Jones represented Greetham Valley in the Lincolnshire Ladies County Scratch Final as winners of the South Division. Unfortunately, the normal team of Sophie Beardsall, Emma Tipping and Gilly Grant were all unavailable due to work commitments. They were up against it as their handicaps are ten, eleven and twelve respectively, they played three first team county players from Woodhall Spa whose handicaps are all around scratch. They lost three nil but had a very enjoyable day at Kenwick Park secure in the knowledge that they had made it to the final for the third year on the trot. Bev said that it was lovely to see the young Ladies playing so well and we wish them all the best in the county finals at Wilmslow next week.
The Second Team held their end of season event which was open to anybody who had played for the team this year. The front nine was irons only and the second nine was “normal” golf. Strangely, two out of three players scored better using irons only! Nick Cunnington won the game with thirty nine points, Pete Dickinson had thirty eight to take second and Neil Crees took third with thirty five.
This was the last event for second team captain Alan Bennett and he offers his utmost thanks to the commitment of all 42 players who have played Second team golf over the last three years of his captaincy.