On a cold and yet another very wet Friday, Greetham Valley played host to the current County Champions Stoke Rochford in the Elsham Trophy. This is a scratch competition for golf clubs affiliated to Lincolnshire; thirty one clubs are competing for it this year and South Kyme had a bye in the first round to balance the numbers.
Stoke Rochford fielded a strong side to ensure that they progressed in the competition with the ultimate aim of retaining their title. The Stoke team, who had a combined handicap of less than ten, proved to be far too strong for a weakened Greetham team. Home advantage didn’t really count against such a strong team. Stoke Rochford produced some scintillating golf in difficult conditions and emerged very worthy winners with faultless displays by each and every member. Greetham Valley wishes them the very best and hope that they go on to take the title that they won last year.
Neil Harris & Jordan Burdall lost to Craig Hallam & Nick Watson; Alan Bennett & Simon Bateman lost to Rodger Rawson & Steve Greenfield; Ben Gasson & Pete Dickinson lost to Paul Knapp & Greg Shelton.
Wet and very windy was also the order of the day for the Ladies’ April Medal and as a consequence, the scores were some way off the competitors’ norm. Sophie Beardsall won her first medal of the year and took the lowest gross with a gross seventy six, net seventy five. Fellow County player Emma Tipping was second with a gross seventy nine, net seventy seven. Nine handicapper Heather Morgan took third spot with a gross eighty nine, net eighty.