As is traditional at Greetham Valley Golf Club, January 1st is when the new Captains for the year drive-in and the previous year’s Captains drive out of office. The par three tenth on the Lakes course is a difficult hole with a large pond, a stream just a few feet past it and rough only a yard after that. After getting over those small problems, players are then faced with two bunkers and a two tiered green, not too difficult on a normal day but with a large gallery, a high wind and rain starting, it could make the heart skip a beat. Over seventy players who were competing in the following nine hole competition applauded as first Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty drove out, followed by the drive-in by the 2014 incumbents Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman. All concerned did the deed n fine style and Robert “David Bailey” Hinch was on hand to take photographs.
In the nine hole competition separated into front and back nines, players had to contend with a two to three club wind and very heavy rain. The competitors all got thoroughly soaked but the course held up very well allowing everybody to complete their rounds. Despite the conditions, the scoring was good. Bill Skinner, Graham Day and Peter Key playing on the back nine were only a three ball so they took the best two scores on each hole and came in with 36 points to take second place. Kev Hingle, who is in the top five in the Winter Order of Merit at the moment, and partner David Aldred came first with a fantastic 38 points. A duo of married couples dominated the front nine competition, John and Liz Darrow came second with 34 points. Darren and Liz Houghton scored 35 to take the win.
After the competition Trevor and Sheila took down their photos and thanked everybody for their support in 2013; they were in turn thanked and presented with crystal mementos by GV Chairman Frank Hinch. Shaun and Bev paid tribute to the hard work and commitment that both Trevor and Sheila had put into their year before informing everybody about their own plans for 2014. As Shaun works with the Air Ambulance, both Captains have agreed to have them as their charity for their year and were very pleased when informed that the raffle on the day had raised £388. The members, who by now had been joined by partners and spouses, then welcomed their new PresidentJohn Sparks, he takes over from Martin Boughton. Martin, who had served for six years in the role, was praised by John for his commitment to the club.
As well as an overhaul of competitions for this year by Secretary Dennis Millington and a members’ panel, the club announced several changes to members fees. A new Intermediate level will start from the first of April. This will be for members aged between 19 and 29, they will pay just 50% of the seven days members’ fee. That means that they will pay only £354 per year or £29.50 per month on interest free credit. Juniors (18 and under) will now only pay £144 a year or £12 a month. Greetham Valley General Manager Sean Clarke said that the Club takes great pride in listening to its’ members and this is something that the owners had debated in 2013.