Greetham Valley played host to members from almost twenty different golf clubs on Sunday’s Mixed Open on the Lakes course. The weather was warm and sunny but with a breeze which grew from a one club to a two club wind. This kept the scores down in the mid thirties for most of the competitors, however, this didn’t seem to bother Club Captain Trevor Smith, off one, and his playing partner six handicapper Hannah Vaughan from Burghley Park golf club. The format was better ball, three quarters handicap, this left the pair with a total of six shots between them. Despite the wind they had seven pars and two birdies in the front nine to give them twenty two points at the halfway mark.
The scoring was even better on the “tougher” back nine: five pars and four birdies gave them a further twenty four points and a finishing total of forty six points, a full six points better than the second placed pair. Trevor and Hannah play together only a couple of times a year but seem to gel very well when they do. Hannah said that as they have a similar type of game, they seem to get into a groove from the off and just play the course; it sounds easy but the other forty three pairs didn’t find it so.
Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty, off sixteen, and her partner, fifteen handicapper Bob Beverley, had a good round to come second with forty points. Third place was settled on count back as three teams scored thirty nine points. The best score of the day from a visiting pair received a special prize, Mick McCreary and Kay Blacklock from Nene Park in Peterborough took it with forty two points.
Trevor thanked Jackie Friend and Club Secretary Dennis Millington for organising the event so well.
Second Team Captain Alan Bennett who shot a gross seventy six, nett sixty eight, was the long time clubhouse leader in this year’s competition for the Chris Southwell Trophy. With only a few games still out on the course, Alan was overhauled first by Richard Wilson off ten and then by the eventual winner Ben Easson. Alan was very pleased with his round in spite of the close finish, he was cut to seven. Richard took second on countback from Alan and was cut to nine. Ben, who is the grandson of Greetham Valley’s longest serving sponsor, Colin Easson of Colin Easson Motors of Cottesmore, doesn’t play much these days as he plays a lot of football. He took the win after getting off to a terrible start, he bogied the first and had a double bogie on the second. He had a five pars and two bogies to finish the front nine five over and only one shot left of his handicap.
Ben got to work in the back nine and parred the first two holes, these were followed by two birdies and another par. After getting two more birdies on the par five fifteenth and sixteenth, Ben had cut the deficit to just one over. Two more pars saw him home with a gross seventy three, nett sixty seven to take a one shot win and the trophy.
Ben said that he was very pleased with his discipline overall, he was annoyed with the mistakes in the front nine but stuck to his game; he was cut to five. Jordan Burdall playing off plus one had the lowest gross of the day, a sixty nine nett seventy.