2014 Prize Presentation Evening

Greetham Valley’s Clubhouse was packed for the 2014 Prize Presentation Evening on Friday 14th November.

The first order of business was the announcement of the Vice Captains for 2015. Michael Fish will be Men’s Vice to Captain Fred Aspin, while Susie Ellis will be Ladies’ Vice to Cathy Steele. Mel Clark will take over from Peter Wood as Seniors’ Vice and Tom Haynes will be Vice to Ellie Haughton for the Juniors.

Captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman praised the generosity of the members when they presented a cheque for £3378 to the Warwicks, Lincs, Rutland and Leics Air Ambulance Service. Shaun said that fundraising like this and from the general public is invaluable as without it, the Service would not be able to operate, as they receive nothing from the government. This money will be enough to fund two missions.

Liz Haughton almost needed a delivery truck for her trophies. She won the Hodgkinson Trophyfor winning the Singles Knockout, the Dryden Salver for the 36 holes best net score in the Ladies’ Club Championship as well as three Midweek Medals for April, August and October. Liz also won the Ladies’ Ping Betterball with Emma Tipping and even had time to take first place in the Colin Easson Motors competition. Not to mention the various competitions won away from the club.

Another multiple winner was Susie Ellis: she won two Medals in May and June. Susie was also awarded the most improved lady golfer trophy after coming down from thirty six to twenty four handicap since April. On the way to that she also won the Bunny Cup. Hayley Hunt who joined Greetham Valley this year also picked up two medals, September Midweek and Weekend.Hayley also won the Anniversary Trophy and picked up the Greetham Cup for the Ladies Doubles Knockout with Jackie Friend. Emma Tipping, who couldn’t be at the prize presentations due to work commitments, won the Waycot Bowl for her first win in the Ladies’ Club Championship. Emma also won the Pat Holloway Trophy. 

Graham Smith was the very popular winner of the Men’s Club Championship and got one of the loudest cheers of the night when he went up to collect the President’s PutterDave Pritchett won the Cunningham Cup for the best nett score in the same competition. Rob Bagworth, who joined the club earlier this year, won the June Medal and was the first winner of the Martin Boughton Cup for theSummer Order of Merit. Rob has come down from twenty at the start of the year to eleven and is now knocking on the Second Team’s door.

In the Knockout competitionsNick Cunnington received the Rutland Shield after winning the Division One Singles title. Steve Burgon won Division Two. John Dowding picked up the Brian Hockey Trophy for winning theDivision One Seniors’ Singles Knockout. Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh won Division Twoand was presented with the Mike Churchill Cup. Ian Bain and Dave Morgan won the Begy Trophyfor their win in the Doubles Knockout. Ryan Tarrant and his gran Gill Tarrant collected  theCunningham Cup for winning the Family Knockout and also the Martins Mixed Foursomes Trophy. The Dickinson Mixed Knockout Trophy was won by Jim and Angela Wheeler.

Neil Lowndes has had a good year in Seniors’ competitions, he won Medals in January and February as well as the Hodgkinson Cup for the three club competition a few weeks ago. The award Neil is most proud of though was winning the Senior Golfer of the Year.

Pat Jones, Liz Haughton and Club Professional Neil Curtis have done wonders with the Juniors this year. Isobel Haughton received the Chris Herridge Trophy for winning the Junior Championship, she also picked up the Clark Shield for the best nett score in the same championship. Sister Ellie Haughton was second in that event but went on to win the Juniors’ section in the Colin Easson competition. She also won the Weekend April Medal and the Ladies Medal Winners Trophy. Tom Haynes who joined Greetham Valley this year won the Bud Richardson Junior Knockout Trophy. The winners in the Junior Academy competition couldn’t be separated so Scott Atton and Winston Childs were declared joint winners.
Winston Childs 1
Greetham Valley’s Junior Golfer of the Year award is a very prestigious award. It goes to the Junior who, in the eyes of his contemporaries, the junior organiser and the Professional stands out from the crowd for his or her all round spirit. Popularity with their peers and their general attitude to other members and the game is a must. If Graham Smith had a great cheer when he went to collect his trophy that was topped when the 2014 Junior Golfer of the Year, Winston Childs, went up to collect his.  Neil Curtis, who sponsored the trophy, said that Winston is so keen on his golf that even when he had his foot in plaster earlier this year, he still came up to Greetham Valley for the coaching sessions and to support his friends. Neil said that with his cast on he couldn’t hit an iron or wood but it didn’t stop him from practising his putting. He went on to say that the Juniors are an absolute joy to work with and he is proud of what they have all achieved this year, some from an absolute standing start.

Full list of 2014 Prizewinners

COLIN EASSON MOTORS COMPETITION
Presented by Roly and Tom Easson
Ladies
1st  Liz Haughton     2nd Heather Morgan    3rd Pat Jamieson
Gents
1st  Kevin Hingle     2nd Chris Howe       3rd  Gordon Barbour
Juniors
1st Ellie Haughton      2nd Isobel Haughton

GENTS’ MEDAL WINNERS
November 2013     Steve Burgon
March 2014            Joe Dalziel
April                         Lewis Daff
May                          Kevin Hingle
June                         Robert Bagworth
October                   Andy Lancaster

LADIES’ MEDAL WINNERS
April Midweek      Liz Haughton
April Weekend      Ellie   Haughton
May Midweek        Susie Ellis
May Weekend       Pat Jamieson
June Weekend      Susie Ellis
June Midweek      Gilly Grant
July Midweek        Angela Wheeler
August Midweek   Liz Haughton
August Weekend   Sheila Douty
September Midweek   Hayley Hunt
September Weekend   Hayley Hunt
October Midweek        Liz Haughton

LADIES’ MEDAL WINNERS TROPHY
Presented by Eve Mills
Ellie Haughton

CLARKE SHIELD (NETT CHAMPION)
Isobel Haughton

CHRIS HERRIDGE TROPHY (JUNIOR CHAMPION)
Isobel Haughton

BUD RICHARDSON TROPHY (JUNIOR KNOCKOUT)
Tom Haynes

JUNIOR ACADEMY COMPETITION (par 3 course)
Joint winners:­ Scott Atton and Winston Childs

JUNIORS V LADIES (par 3 course)
Winners: Juniors

JUNIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Presented by Neil Curtis
Winston Childs

MOST IMPROVED LADY GOLFER
Rosemary Thomas Cup
Susie Ellis (came down from 36 in April to 24 now)

MOST IMPROVED SENIOR GOLFER
Stuart Dodd Trophy
Keith Smith (came down from 18 to 15 during year)

SENIORS’ MEDALS
November 2013     Jack  Vernal
December 2013     Malcolm Barnes
January  2014       Neil Lowndes
February                 Neil Lowndes
March                     Gordon Wiles
April                        Ken Stewart
May                         Keith Heppenstall
June                        David Aldred
July                         Nick Lawson
August                    Phil Harris
September              Bernard Bell

ANNIVERSARY TROPHY
Gents       Jon Rookledge
Ladies     Hayley Hunt

RABBITS TROPHY
Andy Bimpson

PAT HOLLOWAY TROPHY
Emma Tipping

GENTS’ WINTER LEAGUE
Peter Dickinson/Peter Smith

NEIL WHITTER TROPHY (SENIORS)
John Taylor

LADY LANDOVER TROPHY
Gill Tarrant

TUDOR SPRING FOURSOMES
David Aldred and Peter Wood

BOB FORD PAST CAPTAINS’ CUP
Bob Beverley

BARBARA FORD PAST CAPTAINS’ TROPHY
Sheila Douty

MOORE STEPHENS TROPHY
Gents        Peter Ryan
Ladies      Gilly Grant

LIMESTONE TROPHY
Jon Herbert

LADIES’ GREENSOMES TROPHY
Presented by Liz Bond
Liz Haughton/Fay Taylor

CHRIS SOUTHWELL MEMORIAL SALVER
Darren Want

STURGESS VOLVO TROPHY
Steven Chisholm

SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Neil Lowndes

LADIES’ BUNNY CUP
Presented by Gilly Grant
Susie Ellis

EASSON CUP (19-28 h/c Nett Club Champion)
Ray Pagett

HINCH CUP (19-28 Gross Champion)
Simon Chapman

PRESIDENT’S CHARITY DAY TROPHY (GENTS)
Presented by John Sparks
Jamie Herbert

MEADOWS WORLD TRAVEL CHARITY TROPHY (LADIES)
Fay Taylor

GREETHAM CUP LADIES’ DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Jackie Friend/Hayley Hunt

SENIORS’ DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Tim Nixon and Mike Guy 

VETERANS CUP
Joe Ball

DICKINSON TROPHY MIXED KNOCKOUT
Jim and Angela Wheeler

HODGKINSON CUP LADIES’ SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Liz Haughton

DRYDEN SALVER 36 HOLE BEST NETT (LADIES)
Liz Haughton

GILL CHRISTIE MEMORIAL TROPHY
Liz Haughton

CUNNINGHAM CUP (CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP) (BEST NETT)
Dave Pritchett

MARTINS MIXED FOURSOMES
Ryan and Gill Tarrant

STIMSON CUP (FAMILY KNOCKOUT)
Ryan and Gill Tarrant

RUTLAND SHIELD GENTS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Division One
Nick Cunnington
Division 2
Steve Burgon

BRIAN HOCKEY TROPHY SENIORS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Presented by Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh
Division One
John Dowding

MIKE CHURCHILL TROPHY SENIORS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Division Two
Radley Wardhaugh

BEGY TROPHY (GENTS’ PAIRS KNOCKOUT)
Ian Bain and Dave Morgan

WAYCOT BOWL (LADIES’ CLUB CHAMPION)
Emma Tipping

PRESIDENT’S PUTTER (CLUB CHAMPION)
Presented by John Sparks
Graham Smith

LADIES’ CORONATION FOURSOMES
Hayley Taylor and Kay Ropson

LADIES PING BETTERBALL
Liz Haughton and Emma Tipping

LADIES’ DAILY MAIL FOURSOMES QUALIFIER
Heather Morgan/Sheila Douty

MARTIN BOUGHTON TROPHY (SUMMER ORDER OF MERIT)
Robert Bagworth

SENIORS’ STAN HOLDEN TROPHY & WINTER LEAGUE
Steve Taylor

The prizewinners

The prize winners were all very happy but the most surprised person in the room was retiring Secretary Dennis Millington. Dennis was totally surprised when Club President  John Sparks presented him with a travel voucher for £1000 from the members. Next up was Gilly Ward who presented Dennis with a gift voucher for £150 for The George Hotel in Stamford on behalf of Greetham Valley’s staff.

Dennis was already having trouble keeping calm when Greetham Valley proprietor Frank Hinch stepped forward. Frank said that the Hinch family could not just let Dennis slip away after his fifteen years of extremely valuable voluntary service to the club. He said that no matter what role Dennis took on: Secretary, EGU representative, Captain and Handicaps Secretary to mention just a few, Dennis took full responsibility for the role and did it to the very best of his abilities.

Frank told him that the family had arranged for Dennis to go to the Ping testing facility in Gainsborough. There, he will be fitted for a new set of clubs complete with a new bag. He will also be taken on a tour of the factory to see his clubs being prepared and will be able to enjoy a round of golf there. Frank went on to say that Dennis has been a stalwart of the club from its very inception. He has always been on hand to sort out queries from members as well as organise the various competitions and the diary on an annual basis. The family also awarded him lifetime membership of the club.

Dennis did fantastically well to stay dry eyed especially when everybody stood to give him a massive round of applause. Saying “All of this has been quite unexpected”, he paid tribute to everybody at the club, proprietors, staff and members alike. He plans to travel more next year with wife Joan as well as playing more golf and trying to get his handicap down. Dennis got off to a good start on Saturday when he and his playing partner registered a win in the first round of the Winter League. Dennis won’t be leaving the club and will be on hand to help out when new Secretary Radley Wardhaugh and new competitions secretary Peter Wood take over in the new year.

The members all paid great tribute to Greetham’s fantastic team of greenstaff led by Adi Porter. The two courses and the par three are kept in tip top condition and without them, none of the competitions could go as well as they do.