Photo – some of the winners of the Oakham Rotary Club Golf Day. In the foreground from left to right are Fred Aspin, Greetham Valley President John Sparks, ORC Foundation Chairman Bruce Strickland, GV Captain Shaun Denholm, Oakham Rotary Club President Richard Simmons and Wayne Terrett.
Oakham Rotary Club has been in existence since 1952 and, as with Rotary clubs throughout the world, they are focusing their main charity efforts in trying to eradicate polio on a global basis. However, they also never lose focus on their local charity efforts. Foundation Chairman Bruce Strickland said that one of the charities that they sponsor are the First Responders in Rutland. These are the people who will arrive at an incident even before the paramedics. They need specialist machines for resuscitation as well as keeping people alive and comfortable at the site of an accident or incident. Bruce said that the First Responders are an extremely important service but, as with the Air Ambulance, they receive no government funding and rely totally upon donations from the public. Their efforts to raise money for them and the fight against polio have led to Bruce organising the eighth Rotary Club Charity Golf Day at Greetham Valley.
The competition was played on the Valley course in warm sunshine with just a hint of breeze. The format for the twelve teams of four was stableford, with three to count on each hole except from the par threes where all four counted, a tough ask on a course featuring six very tricky ones.
The team of Trevor Smith, Bob Beverley, Sheila Douty and Jackie Friend just missed out on the prizes after being placed fourth on countback by Kevin Newman, Dennis Lowe, Mark Mousley and Les Orridge. Both teams scored 108 points. Graham Smith, Mick Peasgood, Chris Wheatland and Darren Haughton scored 115 points to take second place.
The win on the day went to the team of GV President John Sparks, GV Captain Shaun Denholm, GV Vice Captain Fred Aspin and Wayne Terrett, they scored a brilliant 122 points. Shaun thanked all of the participants for coming to Greetham Valley for the competition and said that although he was pleased to be part of a winning team, the real winners were the charities that the Rotary Club spend all year campaigning for.
Nearest the Pin winners were Darren Haughton for the men and Sheila Douty for the Ladies. C team Captain Neil Sellars won Nearest the Pin on the 18th, which was open to everybody. Sheila Douty also won the Ladies Longest Drive. Rob Smith hit two monster drives to win the Longest Drives for both the men’s and the open competitions.
Kevin Newman was given a Ryder Cup 18th hole flag and team tie by one of his clients to be auctioned on the day, this was bought by Greetham Valley Chairman Frank Hinch. £1250 was raised from this, the raffle, the competition and their loyal sponsors. Bruce Strickland said “this is an event that is held just once a year and continues to grow, it will be held at Greetham Valley again in May 2015 and all golf club members, male or female, young or old are very welcome to take part”.
Greetham Valley Ladies beat Melton Mowbray, in a friendly match played at home, three games to one. The team was Bev Dolman/ Cathy Steele, Hayley Taylor/Lizzy Taylor, Pat Jamieson/Angela Wheeler, Beryl Crosland/Chris Edwards.
The Ladies’ Mail on Sunday team played their third round match at Brampton Park in Cambridgeshire during the week. Kay Ropson was out first and got the team off to a good start by winning three and two. Gilly Grant lost a very tough match on the final hole to make the score all square. Hayley Hunt lost two and one but Liz Haughton won her game with a magnificent score of seven and sixth. The match was all square and all eyes were on the only game still live on the course as the winner of this would decide the tie, Sheila Douty duly obliged by winning one up to give the team a win by three to two. Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman said that Brampton is a very tough course to get a result at and that the team performed extremely well. She went on to say that the team were ably assisted by caddies, Pat Jamieson, Beryl Crosland, Trevor Smith, Hayley Taylor and Chris Edwards. The team will learn this week who their next opponents are.
Robert Lewin won the Midweek Stableford on the Lakes course with 40 points on countback from Ian Copley. Countback was also used to sort out third and fourth, after both players scored 37 points. Alan Childerley took third and Tim Nixon was pushed back into fourth.
The Men’s Mail on Sunday team took on Burghley Park away on Monday. The Greetham Valley team got off to a great start after Nick Cunnington and Adam Clegg won the first two games. Unfortunately, Chris Steele and Richard Wilson lost the next two so it all depended upon the last game with Greetham Valley Captain Shaun Denholm. Shaun and his opponent were all square on the 18th tee but the game and the match ended up going Burghley’s way. Shaun said that it was a great try by the team playing away from home and wished Burghley well in the competition.