Graham ignores weather to win Chris Southwell Salver

The Greetham Valley greens staff had presented the Lakes course in excellent condition for the competitors playing in the Chris Southwell Salver on Saturday 30 June, bunkers raked and greens polished. It was set up to be a fair challenge but as over a hundred players took to the course in one of the Golf Club’s major competitions, the howling wind and occasional rain showers made it an even tougher one. 

Graham Smith, who is renowned for his playing ability in high winds, took it all in his stride as usual. Graham, who won the midweek medal a couple of weeks ago with what he described as his best round of the year surpassed that score to win both the Salver and the lowest gross. He parred the first, birdied the second then went on to par the rest of the front nine to sit at one under. A couple of slight errors followed on holes ten and eleven which he bogied, Graham then steadied the ship with two pars and a birdie only to drop a shot on the par five fifteenth. Three more pars followed to give him a gross score of one over seventy three and a net score of sixty eight. 

Graham said that he was delighted to have won in such tough conditions but regretted the slight errors that led to the three bogies and messed up what could have been one of his best rounds ever. He was cut to four point six, and will now look forward to the next big competition, the two day 0-18 Handicap Club Championship starting on 14th July. With two titles to play for, the gross and the net, this will be a very tight competition for all entrants.

Nine handicapper Scottie Stevenson shot a gross seventy eight to claim second place in the Salver with a net sixty nine. Third place went to Ali McNaughton who had a net seventy; Ryan Tarrant, David Blee and Bill Skinner also on seventy were the players to lose out.

Nine handicapper Kay Ropson, fresh from her win in the Mixed Open at Greetham Valley last week, won the June Ladies Qualifier. She came in with thirty seven points; this included a blob on the par three sixth but she managed to get the lost points back with two birdies. Kay was cut to eight and is now looking forward to the next big Ladies competition, the two day medal starting on the fourteenth. Former Ladies Captain Rena Lister was second with thirty four and was cut to nineteen. Rita Knapp was cut to twenty five after taking third spot with thirty two points.

Greetham Valley’s Junior Captain Ryan Tarrant will need to be on a diet of carrots if he is to get through his next challenge. Ryan ,who is seventeen, fifteen year old Dan Carr from Burghley Park and eighteen year old Chris Cooper from Louth Golf Club will attempt to play for twenty four hours on the thirteenth of July. They will be starting on one of the Greetham Valley courses at eight o clock at night until the same time the following evening. They are trying to raise £1000 for Cancer Research on behalf of the Seve Ballesteros Foundation. Ryan, Chris and Greetham Valley staff member Matt Bell, completed a similar charity golf challenge for the Macmillan Challenge longest day last year and raised over £1000. The three hardy competitors would be grateful for any sponsorship and say that if anybody would like to donate to this very worthy cause they can do so by clicking onto http://www.justgiving.com/seve1

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