After seeing off all of the local competition in the Mail on Sunday Classic, the Greetham Valley team welcomed the 2010 finalists St. Neots to the Lakes course on Sunday. First up for Greetham Valley was eight handicapper George Grant against Steve Searl off six, George won by three and two. Second team Captain Alan Bennett off seven played four handicapper James Bradford, the result was a half. Dave Morgan off six had a fantastic game against Russ Lawes off five and won five and four to take the home team almost to the winning post. Greetham needed only a half to take the tie. Trevor Smith off two playing against a very good five handicapper Ritchie Dixon lost his game on the final hole to lose one down.
This left the match finely balanced at two and a half to one and a half, it all depended on the final game which saw Matt Williams off five against four handicapper Colin Mynott. If Matt halved or won Greetham Valley was through to round six, if he lost then it would come down to an extra hole shoot out. Matt kept his nerve and won it on the seventeenth by two and one to seal a famous win. This is the furthest that Greetham Valley have ever been in the competition.
The result means that the Greetham Valley team, who have won all five matches, are now past the half way mark in this year’s ten match competition. They are the last club left in Rutland and Lincolnshire and will find out this week who they play next and if they have to travel or play at home. Captain Trevor Smith said that he was immensely proud of the way that the team stuck together and pushed each other. For the teams still left in the competition, there are three more rounds left before a semi final to be held in Manchester. The grand final will be held on the 6,710 yard long North course at the El Rompido resort in Andalucia.