A large field of Greetham Valley members with handicaps of 19-28 competed off white tees on the Lakes course last weekend in the 19 to 28 Championship. The competition was in two sections, gross for the Hinch Cup and net for the Easson Trophy. Twenty four handicapper James Ablett was one of the many to tee off with butterflies in his stomach but at the end of the day he emerged as the winner, winning the gross championship with a splendid ninety five on count back from nineteen handicapper Neil Beckingham. James had a better final three holes to take the win and a share in the lowest gross. Eifion Hughes, playing off twenty, was third with a ninety seven
James also won the net championship with a net seventy one and was cut to twenty two. Phil Douty came in with a seventy three to take second place. Neil Beckingham finished third with a seventy six.
James said that he only took up golf seriously when he joined Greetham Valley in September 2011. Prior to that he had just played once or twice a year with friends. He said that the turning point came when he broke his ankle eighteen months ago and started putting weight on. Since taking up golf he has dropped over twenty pounds in weight and feels much fitter for it. He was amazed to find out that he had won and said that this has given him the impetus to practise more and try to improve by playing more competitions. He is aiming at playing in next year’s two day 0-18 Club Championship.