The weather for the Christmas Texas Scramble at Greetham Valley started off warm and dry but after the first couple of holes the wind started gusting between a two or three club speed and the dry weather soon gave way to a cold and steady drizzle. However, this did not seem to faze the competitors in the least, the difference between third place and first being a mere point four.
Club Secretary Dennis Millington, Bob Beverley, George Grant and Lesley Young were third with 60.8. Second place went to Graham Smith, Alan Bennett, Bill Skinner and Annie McCulloch with 60.6. The winners were Adie Cunningham, Adam Clegg, Pat Jamieson and Eve Mills, they took the win with a score of 60.4. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty thanked everybody for their support this year, Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman will take over on 1st January.
Malcolm Barnes, playing off thirteen, won division one of the final Seniors’ Medal of the year with a brilliant nett 69. Malcolm said that he just played very steady golf without taking any unnecessary chances. He won on countback from Neil Lowndes off nine who also won the lowest gross prize with a 78. Sixteen handicapper Jack Vernal took third with a nett 72.
Stuart Dodds, who does a lot of work for the Seniors’ section by organising the away days on a Friday and a roll up on a Wednesday throughout the year, had a very well deserved win in division two. Playing off nineteen, he had a nett 69 and also took the lowest gross prize. Peter Macdonald Pearce off twenty six took second with a nett 71 and twenty handicapper John Morfee was third with a nett 73. Captain Rod Wells took time to thank everybody for their help and support over the last two years.
The Ladies’ Turkey Trot is played in two divisions, Bronze and Silver. First place in Bronze went to Chris Slattery, Eileen Pare took second. Liz Haughton, who has been a prolific scorer in competitions this year finishing in the top three in practically every one she has entered, won the silver division and the overall prize. Gilly Grant who has also played very well this year was second. Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty was fulsome in her praise for the Ladies and thanked them for the support that she has had from them this year.
The Winter Order of Merit and the Winter League both return next week – with high winds and heavy rain forecast, it could be a tough weekend for all concerned.