Mixed foursomes stroke play isn’t the most popular format in a golf club’s competition line up hence the smaller than usual field for the Martins Mixed Foursomes at Greetham Valley last weekend. One of the problems with the format is that if a player plays a bad shot, they don’t get a chance to rectify it and have to leave it to their partner, usually with a slightly embarrassed look. Second Team Captain Alan Bennett chose to take the even numbered holes while his partner, Christine Edwards, took the odd. This meant that after driving on the eighth, he didn’t use his driver again until the sixteenth and promptly hooked it into the trees, however, it is the same for everybody in this format.
Alan and Christine played very solid golf apart from the last couple of holes where they dropped a shot on each. They thought that the two mistakes would knock them down the leader board but were overjoyed to find that they had won the competition with a net 73.5. Christine, who won the Anniversary Trophy this year, has her name on several honours boards but this will be a first for Alan who also won the Men’s Foursomes competition earlier in the year. Men’s Vice Captain Trevor Smith and former Ladies’ Captain Eve Mills were second with 75 and another former Ladies’ Captain Lizzie Taylor and partner Ian Cunningham finished in third place with 75.5.