Greetham Valley opened for business some 22 years ago with a driving range. During that time the Hinch family have added two 18 hole championship courses, a par three academy course, enlarged the clubhouse and built a hotel. Every year they celebrate the anniversary of the club with the first main competition of the year, the Anniversary Trophy. There are separate Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s trophies.
This year’s men’s competition, a stapleford off full handicap, had a field of 127 who played on the Lakes course off white tees. This was won by Jon Rookledge with a brilliant 42 points. With six pars, a birdie and two bogies on his card for the front nine, Jon was well under his handicap. Like many, Jon struggled with the new white tee position on the tenth and dropped a shot, he also dropped two more on the par three twelfth but bounced back with four pars and a birdie to put himself back on track only to unfortunately drop one last shot on the final green.
Jon said that the course was in fantastic condition thanks to Adi Porter and his greenkeeping team, he hit a lot of fairways and greens in his round and stayed very positive with his putting. He was very disappointed with the double bogie on the par three twelfth but overall he was really pleased with the way that he regained his concentration. Jon went on to say that as a single figure handicapper, he generally plays quite well but this year after lessons with Greetham Pro Neil Curtis on the mental side of the game, he feels so much more confident and relaxed. Jon will play off eight in the April Medal next weekend.
Jamie Lowndes of seventeen was just one point behind Jon on forty one. Kevin Burdall off eighteen took third on countback from twelve handicapper Mark Mousley after both scored 40 points.
Sixteen handicapper Hayley Hunt, who won the Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit last weekend, won the Ladies’ Anniversary Trophy this weekend. She got off to a bad start when she dropped three shots in the first two holes. Hayley, who has grown in confidence since moving from Toft a few months ago, took a few deep breaths and got her concentration back on line to register 20 for the front nine. She went on to also score 16 points on the back nine including two no scores to give her a winning score of 36 points. Hayley took the win on countback from playing partner Hayley Taylor off fourteen,who has also only been with Greetham Valley for a few months.
Hayley H said that Hayley T is a brilliant player and it helped to be playing with her as she pushed her all the way, by making her concentrate hard. She went on to say that she thought that she had lost out when Hayley T birdied the final hole. Hayley Taylor was very disappointed to have had double bogies on holes eleven and thirteen as they really made a big difference on countback. However, she said that she was very pleased with the way that she had played overall and it bodes well for the rest of the year.
Jill Cannings off sixteen and Sophie Beardsall off one were placed third and fourth on countback after both scored 34 points.
First Team Captain Chris Steele, playing off six, won the first Midweek Medal of the year with a net 69 on the Lakes course. Chris dropped five shots up to fourteenth but got two of them back with birdies on the sixteenth and seventeenth. He said that the Medal win and Posh winning the Johnsons Paint Trophy last weekend has started his year off in a very nice way! Kevin Shilham off eight took second place with a nett 70, another eight handicapper Tony Mould was third with 71. Trevor Smith off one won the lowest gross coming in with 73.
Greetham Valley Ladies “friendly” team got off to a good start to the year when they beat Burghley Park on the Lakes course mid week. Captain Bev Dolman and Chris Edwards won the first game one up. Gilly Grant and Annie McCulloch halved the second game. Angela Wheeler and Rosemary Thomas won their match by two and one. Jackie Friend and Chris Slattery won the final game five and three. Bev said that the girls had played very well and she looks forward to a good season.
Ken Stewart, playing off ten in division one won the April Seniors’ Medal despite appalling weather. Gusting winds and intermittent rain slowed everybody down. Ken dropped just the one shot on the front nine but suffered from the worsening conditions on the back nine. However, he still came in with the lowest gross of 78, the win in the division and the overall medal win. He will play off nine next time round. Eighteen handicapper Ian Jarvis was second with nett 73 and Michael Maffei off eleven took third place with 74. Ken Upton had nett 70 to win division two on countback from Michael Webb and Mike Guy took third with 72.