Greetham Valley’s Seniors played their last away match of the year at Belton Woods near Grantham during the week. After halving the same fixture at Greetham Valley, both teams wanted to finish off the year with a positive result, but it was the Greetham Valley team which came out victorious, with a four and a half to three and a half win. Seniors Captain Rod Wells praised his team on the day and the fifty nine different players who have contributed to the various teams throughout the season. They have won sixteen, halved four and lost thirteen of the thirty three matches that they have contested this year but everybody who played, win or lose, enjoyed themselves.
The day after, Rod and his doubles partner Robert Birch played their Seniors Doubles Final on the Lakes course in cold, damp and very windy Rutland weather conditions. With drives not going very far against the prevailing wind it all came down to the putting. The duo found themselves two down at one stage in the back nine but managed to claw that back and were one up after the 16th. The pair took the win when Robert holed his putt from just off the green on the 17th. Rod said that they were very happy with the win but went on to say that it could have gone either way in the very rough weather conditions. They will be presented with their trophy on Club Prize Presentation Evening on 15th November – a date for your diaries!
Heavy rain combined with a keen wind made the going tough in the Seniors October Medal. In division one, Steve Taylor off eighteen managed to play to just one over his handicap to win both the division and the overall medal with a nett 73. John Taylor took second place and the lowest gross prize. The next three places were settled on count back, Jack Vernal who had, just a few day’s earlier, won the Seniors division one Singles Trophy was placed third. Barry Shaw was fourth and John Dowding was fifth. The three all scored a nett 78.
In division two the honours went to a relatively new addition to the Seniors’ ranks, Michael Webb, who won it with a nett 80. Stuart Dodd was second and also won the lowest gross for the division. Denis Cleggett took third place.
Liz Haughton built upon her very successful return to golf this year by winning the Ladies October Midweek Medal played on the Lakes course. The weather conditions were quite tough with wind and rain creating havoc for all of the players. Liz, playing off 10, dropped four shots in the first eight holes but the wind which was howling across the course caused her to double bogie the 9th. This was her only double of the round and she finished by shooting a nett 75 to win on countback from Janet Dandeker, who was playing off 23. Liz said that it was very tough but she was pleased with the way that she kept battling. Liz has a golf mad family, her two daughters started to play this year as juniors under the watchful eye of husband and eleven handicapper Darren and Greetham Valley coach Jim Hetherington. Chris Slattery playing off 26 was third and one handicapper Emma Tipping won the lowest gross.
Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman, who is also the Lincolnshire Ladies County Secretary, played in the Jubilee Trophy, which is a greensomes stableford, on Sunday at Blankney Golf Club. The Captains from every golf club in Lincolnshire were eligible to play, as were the county officials. The conditions to start with were pretty horrible after almost three days of solid rain and driving wind, thankfully, the rain lessened as the day wore on. Bev, playing off twelve, partnered County Captain Paul Morrison who plays off four and, considering the length of the Blankney course and the conditions, they managed a very creditable third place scoring 38 points. The trophy was won on countback by David Spence and Margaret Hartley from Elsham Golf Club with 40 points. Second place went to Peter Woodward and Angela Drayton from Welton Manor. Greetham Valley Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty were fifth on thirty six points.
The Weekend Ladies Medal and the President’s Invitation were both casualties of the heavy rain over the weekend. Secretary Dennis Millington is looking at alternative dates so keep your eye on the notice board.