Ninety two competitors from twenty six different golf clubs, from Woburn to Scunthorpe, attended Greetham Valley’s 2015 Mixed Open sponsored by Oakham based travel company Savvitravel at the weekend. The day was warm, with no rain and a breeze that moved from cooling to two clubs plus during the day. Played on the Lakes course off yellow and red tees, the best scores came from the early competitors before the wind really took hold.
The trophy and the win went to Keith Childs who scored 42 points and was cut to twenty one. Keith had a bit of brain fade as he packed his wife off to work and his son off to school that morning, he had forgotten that he was playing in the competition until he caught a glimpse of his diary. A bit of a mad rush to the first tee resulted in a seven and no points on the first hole. Keith soon settled down to it and rattled off four pars in the next eight holes plus a bogie or two to garner 20 points for the front nine. A good back nine followed to take the win, he was cut to twenty one.
Keith said that after hearing of Stan’s standing in the club and the history of the trophy he was proud to have become its latest recipient. He is not so sure that Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis will be so happy with him. Keith won the Lombard Trophy qualifier a couple of weeks ago and he is playing with Neil in the final for the Trophy in a week or so’s time.
The June Midweek Stableford was held on the Lakes course in fairly reasonable conditions. Not too cold, not very windy, and dry. In a week of very tight scoring in competitions, the top three all scored 38 points. Carl Harris was third, dropping only eight shots in his round and was cut to nine. Steve Orton had a rather unfortunate blob on the sixteenth and was placed second. Ian Brocklehurst took first place thanks to a birdie on the twelfth and pars on the last two holes.
Bill Skinner and playing partner Peter Key played their Pairs Knockout on the Valley course against Chris Howe and Chris Tapsell over the weekend. They were all level after fifteen holes when Bill put his iron shot to within six foot of the pin on the sixteenth. Chris Howe stepped up and hit his nine iron onto the green even closer to the flag, it bounced once, had a slight check then disappeared into the hole for a fantastic hole in one! This put Chris and his partner one up in the match. They were still one up on the eighteenth when Peter dropped a twenty foot putt to take them into extra holes. They finally finished four holes later with team Chris taking the victory. Chris Howe, who has been playing very well this year, said winning against tough opposition and moving into the next round was very pleasing but getting a hole in one along the way was just really nice icing on the cake.