Seventeen handicapper David Aldred has had an excellent couple of weeks! He came second to Tim Howlett in the September Medal, then last week he won the first round of the Seniors’ Winter League with 43 points and a couple of days later he and partner Fred Aspin came fourth in the Market Harborough Invitation with 71 points, only one behind the top three who all scored seventy two. And this week he won the Seniors October Medal! David puts his brilliant run of form down to a repair that he has had to his knee in the past few weeks, not a replacement but enough to take the pain away which means that he can concentrate on his game and not his knee.
The Medal was played on the par 68 Valley course on a cloudy but warm day. Playing in division one, David got off to a great start by parring the first five holes, he had four “lip outs” too and in theory, his par tally could have been considerably higher. He went on to birdie the 13th and teed off on the 14th reinvigorated, only to put his second shot in the water and after a bit of silliness with the putter, came off with a treble bogie. David finished his round off with a birdie on the difficult par three 18th to come home with a gross 80, net 63. He was cut to 16 and is looking forward to next week’s qualifier to try for another cut. David said that he had hoped to have his handicap cut sooner this year but he had been in quite a lot of discomfort with his knee.
Alan Sorlie off 14 was second with a net 64 which also included a birdie on the last. Sixteen handicapper John Dowding came in with a net 65 to claim third. Eight handicapper Neil Lowndes won the lowest gross in division one with a brilliant 75.
David Lucas off 19 won both division two and the lowest gross with an cracking 85, net 66. Nineteen handicapper Bob King was second with a net 68. Trevor Davies also off 19 was just one shot behind and came third.
The Men’s October Midweek Medal was also played on the Valley course but this time off white tees. Shaun Denholm’s round didn’t start off too well, he bogied the first three holes but then went on a mini run and dropped only one shot in the next five holes. In the end he managed to get nine pars and nine bogies. Shaun, who has been playing well recently without taking the top spot said that he was pleased with the win but even happier to have his handicap cut to twelve. He is trying to catch up with his son Fraser who has been cut from eleven to six so far this year.
Second and third were decided on count back as both players came in with a net sixty five. Nine handicapper Roger Bass took second and Michael Fish off twelve was third, he was cut to eleven. Tim Nixon off seven won the lowest gross with a magnificent seventy two.
The Seniors have just played their toughest match of their year so far. They were up against Greetham Valley’s very competitive Ladies section. Seniors Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce said that playing the match wasn’t as tough as the negotiations with Ladies’ Captain Eileen Pare to decide the format. They eventually agreed to a three quarter difference and, as the Ladies would be playing off the men’s card, four courtesy shots for them. They were very lucky with the weather, warm with a little bit of wind and the match was enjoyed by all. The Seniors won the match by eight games to two to claim the silver salver.