Gilly and Liz enjoy Midlands North Foursomes success

Gilly Grant and Liz HaughtonGreetham Valley Ladies Gilly Grant and Liz Haughton took part in the Midlands North 36 holes Foursomes on a beautiful sunny day at Spalding Golf Club last Thursday. The pair, playing off a combined handicap of 9.5, had a fantastic morning eighteen holes, coming in with a gross 83, nett 73.5 off a standard scratch of 74. The pair said that they really scored well on the greens, hardly ever missing a putt.

After a spot of lunch,  they didn’t know where they stood in the field as the results hadn’t been published but when they stood on the tee for the second eighteen they were still buzzing. Unfortunately, this meant that they didn’t get off to the best of starts and it took a couple of holes to settle down to the task in hand. Foursomes is a tough challenge at the best of times but 36 holes requires a lot of concentration and physical strength to complete and play well at a gruelling course like Spalding.

The pair really thought that they had spoilt their chances when they came in with a gross 89, nett 79.5. but were amazed to find that they had won the gross competition in the morning and were only 0.5 off the nett. They had a long wait until the rest of the field finished their rounds and the final leaderboard for the day could be published.

Gilly said that they were really pleased to find that they had won the Nett trophy with a score of 153 and although they were joint top in the Gross competition with a 172, they lost out on countback and were pushed into second place. They were slightly gutted to have come so close to a clean sweep but with so many good golfers in the field, they were very happy with their day’s work.

Both players agreed that it had been a fabulous and well organised day and said that they had thoroughly enjoyed it. They can’t wait to defend their trophies next year in Derbyshire.

Liz isn’t the only good golfer in the Haughton household. Thirteen year old daughter Ellie, who won the Ladies Medal last week also won the Easter Pairs with partner Suzie Ellis, they scored 41 points.

Ellie has also been voted in as Junior Captain for 2014. Junior organiser Pat Jones said  “Ellie has a maturity beyond her years and plays a fabulous game of golf”.  Ellie, who only took up the game in May 2013 along with younger sister Isobel, is enthusiastically supported by Mum Liz and Dad Darren, themselves excellent golfers. Both girls have benefitted from the junior coaching days led by Greetham Valley Club Pro Neil Curtis.

The Men’s Easter Pairs was a very tight affair. Pete Dickinson and Mark Hibbitt were the overall winners with 45 points. The next three pairs all came in with 44 points and were separated on countback. Dean Wilkinson and Dave Morgan took second, Ben Miles and Darren Haughton were placed third just ahead of Gareth Williams and Dave Squires.

Greetham Valley’s Second Team got their season off to a great start by beating Tydd St. Giles away from home by three and half to a half. Team Captain Steve Anderson said that it was just the start that they wanted and the team hope to build upon it in the coming months.

The Ladies Mail on Sunday team have drawn Toft at home in their next round.

Mike Pare won the Seniors’ Stableford competition on Monday with a score of 45 points on countback from Rod Wells. Third and fourth were also decided on countback, Keith Smith took third from Steve Lakeman, both players scored 40 points.