The Club Captains’ Charity Fund Day is a stableford competition, played on the Lakes course. As the name suggests, the day also helps to raise funds for the Captains’ Charity, which this year is the Peterborough Neonatal Unit. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty said that the generosity and support from the members in these cash strapped times has been fantastic and they raised almost £400 on the day. The President’s Charity Trophy was also up for grabs for the winner of the men’s competition: this is one of Greetham Valley’s oldest trophies.
The top three in the men’s competition were all low handicappers and the result was very close with countback being used to separate the top two. Graham Kingspark playing off nine, joined the club almost a year ago after moving up from his native Devon. He had three bogies on the front nine but managed to get one of the dropped shots back with a birdie on the sixth, this gave him 20 points for the front nine. Graham got the back nine off to a bad start with bogies on the tenth and eleventh but again managed to bounce back with a birdie on the twelfth to get his second two of the day. Graham then had five pars to put himself into contention but dropped a shot on the eighteenth to a tough pin position. His 21 points on the back nine were enough to give him a total of 41 and was enough to take the win on count back: he was cut to eight. Graham said that overall he was really happy with the way that he played but was slightly annoyed with himself for dropping a shot on the last hole as he could have lost the competition because of it.
First team player Andrew Frisby, off three, had a fantastic front nine with seven pars and two birdies and was level par on the back nine with five pars, two birdies and two bogies. Again, it was the tough pin position on the eighteenth that really spoiled Andrew’s round. Like Graham, he dropped a shot on the eighteenth and that made the difference, Andrew was second on count back after also scoring 41 points.
Former Captain Neil Crees, off eight, got his game off to a terrible start with a treble bogie seven on the first hole, he bounced straight back with a birdie on the second. Neil went on to drop three more shots on the front nine but parred the back nine to come home with a total of 40 points and was cut to seven.
Jacky Bayley won the Ladies’ Captains’ Charity Trophy with a hard fought round of 38 points. Jacky made life very difficult for herself by blobbing a couple of holes but managed to keep her concentration high, enabling her to come in, thanks to a lot of hard work, with a birdie and six pars; she was cut to seventeen. Liz Haughton off ten didn’t drop a shot until the seventh hole after six straight pars, she finished with 36 points to take second. Third place went to scratch player Sophie Beardsall with 33 points.
Most of the knockout competitions were decided last Sunday in very cold conditions and in winds with gusts up to eighty miles an hour. The Division One Singles title went to Ian Bains who beat Kevin Hingle four and three. The Division Two Singles final was held a couple of days earlier, when Paul Child-Freeman beat John Holroyd two and one to take his first ever title. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty beat Steff Dutton and Nicola Toon to take the Mixed Doubles title. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman beat Sue Brand in the Ladies Singles Final. Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbitt beat Steve Chisholm and Steve Burgon in the Doubles Final. After a bad start to the year with snow and rain for the first four months of the year, some wondered if they would be able to squeeze all of the games in. All of the winners will be presented with their prizes on prize night on 15th November – put it in your diary!