Greetham Valley golf members’ update 2 September

Emma Tipping Liz Haughton and Sophie BeardsallThe Greetham Valley Ladies’ Scratch Team,  who have won the Lincolnshire South League several times in the past few years, took on the Northern League winners Woodhall Spa in the county final at Spalding Golf Club over the weekend. The team of Emma Tipping, Sophie Beardsall and Liz Haughton represented a squad of Greetham Valley ladies who had all fought hard to win their Scratch League. The team, captained by Liz Haughton this year, had lost against a very strong Woodhall Spa team in last year’s final but they went into this year’s contest with a very positive attitude.

Liz drew the short straw and was up against a very in form India Clyburn, sister of Curtis Cup star and European professional golfer, Holly. India has just been picked to play for England at the end of September after becoming the first English lady golfer to win the Scottish Junior Ladies Open Strokeplay Championships early this year. Liz put up a great fight but was finally beaten by the Scottish and English Girls Open champion. Emma Tipping played Andree Burtt in the second game, Emma put up a very strong fight to take the match to the 17th only to lose it when Andree managed to drop in a long putt from the edge of the green for a four to take a second and decisive win for the Woodhall Spa team. Sophie Beardsall, playing in the third game, won a consolation point for Greetham Valley by beating past County Captain Cindy Ireland two and one, also on  the 17th.

A lot of Greetham Valley members turned up to support their team and all said that, win or lose, they were proud of them. Lady Captain Bev Dolman praised Liz Haughton for the great job that she has done as Scratch Team Captain this year. She went on to thank everybody who played in the various matches that got them to the final yet again. She also paid tribute to the caddies who had done a great job on the day and special thanks to those GV members who had made the trip to Spalding to support the team, it was most appreciated by Bev and the team.

The Ladies’ friendly team played a match at home against Kibworth ladies during the week. Apart from the sudden rain shower that drenched the last group out, the weather was kind to the rest. Greetham Valley won by three games to one.

Andy Bimpson, golfer and rock fan, missed the 19-28 Championships last week as it clashed with a long awaited visit to Holkham Hall to see Status Quo. However, he made up for it this week when he played in the Rabbits Trophy in the same handicap category. Andy said that his driving is usually quite steady but on Sunday, it suddenly went on holiday. He hit balls left and right but rarely into the middle of the fairway. He said that but for the eagle eyes of his playing partners, his game could have been on the rocks after the front nine. They always seemed to spot exactly where his ball landed. Thanks to this, a lot of scrambling and a round featuring just 32 putts, Andy, off twenty, managed to win the competition in style. He shot the lowest gross of 90 to close with a nett 70. Andy won the trophy but was also very happy to find that he had been cut and now has a handicap in the teens. Justin Perry took second place on countback from Alan Grummitt, they both scored a nett 73.

The Airshots Golf Society, which is made up of mainly Greetham Valley members, play their golf days out to raise funds for the local Air Ambulance Service. They played their latest round at Beedles Lake in Leicestershire last Saturday. Twenty one players took part and raised over £300 on the day for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance, taking the total so far this year to over £2400.

On the day, Michael Fish came first with 38 points, winning a four ball at Stapleford Park. Up and coming junior star Tom Haynes was second with 35 points and won a four ball at Beedles Lake. Davy Smith was third on countback with 32 points. Nearest the Pin winners were Michael Fish on the third and Mark Mousley on the thirteenth. The next outing of the Society is on September 20th at Thorpe Wood. If anybody would like to play to help this brilliant and friendly fundraising team, please contact organiser Colin Eversden on 07803 209343.

Greetham Valley’s First Team rounded off a very tough season with a brilliant four and a half to one and a half win at home against Gedney Hill to secure their place in division two for next year. With the team needing a win to be sure of safety, Adam Clegg, Ryan Tarrant, Pete Dickinson, Ray Gladwinfield, Neil Crees, Dave Pusch, Chris Steele, Darren Haughton, Alan Bennett, Nick Cunnington, Will Chamberlain and Richard Wilson all rose to the challenge on the day. Chris Steele, in his first year as Captain, thanked all of the squad members who have played for the team this year. He said that with several past key members going to pastures new, it could have made it very difficult for those remaining but the “new boys” gelled as a team right from the get go. He looks forward to continuing their good form at the start of the new league season next year.

Barry Shaw won the Seniors’ August stableford qualifier with a great score of 41 points in division one. Bernard Bell took second place with 38 and thespian Keith Heppenstall, currently featuring in the BBC series “The Village” on Sunday evenings, was third, scoring 37 points. Ian Kellham won division two with 38 points. Four players scored 37  and were separated on countback. Ken Upton took second and Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh was third. They pushed Frank Maguire and Graham Bowerman into fourth and fifth.

Which Lady member invited Captain of Vice Fred Aspin to break into her house last week after she lost her car keys? Fred had to scale a seven foot high gate with very sharp points on top, strategically placed to be very dangerous to a bloke trying to straddle it. When the Lady concerned took the clubs out of her bag and turned it upside down later, out popped her keys…