The Pat Holloway Trophy was played over two days during the week. The first game was midweek for Ladies who couldn’t play at the weekend and the second for the rest of the ladies section. County player Emma Tipping, off one played midweek and had a great game despite very cold and windy conditions.
Emma started off with a birdie, she then dropped a shot on the par five second then really got into her stride. Two pars, a birdie on the difficult fourth hole then four more pars saw her one under par with loads of points for the front nine. She dropped just two more shots on the tenth and fourteenth but made up for them with a couple of brilliant birdies and five more pars to finish up with a great 38 points. Emma said that she didn’t feel as though she did anything out of the ordinary, her whole game just felt really solid and she enjoyed the golf as well as excellent company from her playing partners. She went on to say that she was thrilled to be down to scratch especially as it was achieved in far from ideal conditions.
After the weekend round of the competition had taken place, Emma was confirmed as the winner of the trophy on countback from Captain Bev Dolman who took second and Rita Knapp in third.
Peter McCall had a great round to win the Gents Midweek stableford on the Lakes course. Peter had 43 points to take the win and was cut to 23. Jon Herbert took second place with a score of 39 on countback from Keith Smith.
Simon Chapman won the Hinch Cup for the best gross in the 19 -28 Handicap Club Championship on countback from second placed Phillip Carr. Both players shot a 95; Simon played very steadily throughout and was thrilled to have won. Third and fourth were also decided on countback - Chris Tapsell and Ray Pagett both recorded a gross 96.
Ray Pagett won the nett competition for the Easson Cup with a great score of 74 on countback from Alan Grummitt. Simon Chapman took third ahead of Phillip Carr after they both shot a nett 75. Nineteen handicapper Marc Joyce shot a nett 64 but as he has only played in one qualifier this year, he was ineligible for a prize but did end up being cut to 16.
The Men’s section is running a Summer Order of Merit for the Martin Boughton Cup this year. Anyone entering an “open” competition (one that is open to all, such as monthly medals, Moore Stephens, Volvo but not 0-18, Limestone, or Rabbits) is automatically entered into the Order of Merit at no extra cost. Points are awarded on a descending scale and after nine qualifying rounds, Robert Bagworth leads the way with 140 points, followed by Kev Hingle who has 134. Club champion Graham Smith is in third place with 120. Richard Wilson stands in fourth place with 115 points just one ahead of Peter Key. With three more qualifying rounds to go, the competition is wide open and the chasing pack which includes Peter Ryan, Chris Howe, Ryan Tarrant, Joe Dalziel, Greyam Watts and Darren Haughton are all in with a chance of snatching the Cup. The final qualifying competition of the year is the October Medal and the winner will receive the Cup at Prize Night on Friday 14th November.
After the great success of the Winter Order of Merit, Martin Boughton decided to sponsor a summer series to say thank you to all of the members who had supported him during his six year tenure as Club President. He said that he wanted to have a competition that was open to all male club members with a qualifying handicap at no extra cost.
Greetham Valley’s First Team played away at Belton Woods knowing that a good result was needed. They had to draft in several players from the Second Team with the blessing of second team Captain Steve Anderson. The second team players played extremely well and helped the team to a creditable 3-3 away draw. With one game left in the season, a half in the last match at home to Gedney Hill will secure their position in the league for next year. In his first year in charge, Captain Chris Steele said that the energy and spirit inside the team is fantastic, they feel very upbeat going into their last match.
The B Team had a great win at home against a strong Elton Furze team at the weekend,winning by five games to one. Captain Shaun Denholm and Ian Cunningham deserve a special mention -they and their playing partners Fraser and Adi had teed off at 7am on the Lakes course that morning in the semi finals of the family doubles. Ian and Adi finally won the match on the 20th hole. Shaun and Ian had a quick cup of tea then both lined up to play in the B team match on the hilly Valley course. Needless to say, they were both very pleased to sit down to one of Greetham Valley’s famous carveries at the end of a very tough day!
Liz Haughton was presented with a Golf Buddy GPS by Club Secretary Dennis Millington. This was a prize awarded to the divisional leader in the Titleist Order of Merit up to June this year. Liz is still doing very well in it and could have more goodies yet to come her way before the end of the year.
The Seniors played host to Lingdale Golf Club last week and finished with a creditable 4-4 draw. A couple of days later in a match away at Park Hill they had another half. Captain Radley Wardhaugh said that it was a very strange match where the winners of each game either won big or lost big.
Bank Holiday Monday was a virtual washout but the brave and the hardy still turned up to compete in the holiday “fun” competition. It all started off so well with most players going off in semi dry conditions, however, that was as good as it got. Thereafter, it became quite windy and rained hard for the whole round. The course stood up to it very well but everybody who played came in soaked and relieved to be finished. John Keer, Neil Chatterton and Dave Squires shot a fantastic 80 points to win the all male team prize.Darren Haughton, Bryan Birchill and Ellie Haughton won the mixed prize also with 80 points. Beryl Crosland, Liz Haughton and Izzy Haughton took the prize for the all Ladies team. Captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman said that they were staggered that so many people turned up to play and thanked them for doing so in such horrible conditions.