The Sturgess Volvo Trophy that was postponed a few weeks ago because of heavy rain and lightning was competed for last Saturday on the Lakes course. The day started out dull and dry, with very little in the way off wind, just the way three handicapper Andrew “Fris” Frisby likes it. He got off to a good start with four pars but a little lip out on the fifth saw him drop a shot. Five more pars and a birdie on the eighth followed. Andrew the dropped another shot on the par three twelfth after yet another lip out but followed this up with two more birdies and four more pars for the lowest gross round of the day, 71. Andrew won the competition with a nett 68 and was cut to 2.5. His penchant for lip outs on the day raised its’ head again on the par four eighteenth when another just lipped out for a par instead of another birdie.
Andrew has come second in a couple of competitions this year on countback and said that it felt good to clinch the last big trophy of the year by winning on countback this time. He said that he has been playing a lot both in competitions and as a member of the First Team but he always finds time to practice as much as he can and this, more than, anything has really paid off for him this year.
The players going out after 11am encountered a strengthening wind which gusted between one and two clubs for the remainder of the day. Andrew Bass playing off seven was pushed back into second place on countback. Andrew had a strong round, dropping just the one shot up to and including the 17th. However, a double bogie on the last hole cost him dearly; he was cut to six. Michael Fish off twelve was cut to eleven after carding a nett 69 to take third place.
The Seniors played on the Lakes course on Monday for their September stableford qualifier. Greetham Valley Handicap Secretary Bernard Bell, off sixteen, won division one and the overall competition with a very steady 39 points on countback from nine handicapper Neil Lowndes, Bernard was cut to fifteen. Steve Lakeman off sixteen was third with thirty six.
Dick Thirlwell off twenty two beat Brian Young on countback to take the win in division two, both players scored 38 points. Four players came in with 36 points and were separated on countback. Derek Palmer took third, Mike Guy was fourth, fifth place went to Charles Guttridge and Brian Edwards was placed sixth.
For the fifth year in succession, the Lincolnshire Ladies County Team made it into the County Finals, held this year at Wilmslow Golf Club. The round robin, match play championship is contested by six teams, each representing one of the England Golf women’s regions East, Midlands North, Midlands South, North, South and South West. Three matches take place each day for five days. Teams play three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon. The eventual winner is the England women’s champion county.
The top two teams from the week, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire met on the final day for a winner takes all final shoot out. Yorkshire came out on top but the Lincolnshire team put up a great fight. Greetham Valley members Sophie Beardsall and Emma Tipping, who were part of the Lincolnshire team, were disappointed but said that on the day,Yorkshire were just too strong. Greetham Valley Managing Director Robert Hinch said that the members and management were very proud of Sophie and Emma and congratulated them on yet another strong showing.