With many golf clubs experiencing difficulties because of the very wet drought conditions, fifty plus Greetham Valley seniors travelled to Market Harborough Golf Club for their “Spring” away day with a certain amount of trepidation. Anybody who has played at Harborough will know that it is a very hilly course so the prospect of wind, rain and loads of hill climbing didn’t exactly get the adrenaline going in anticipation. As it turned out, the rain came much later than forecast and only affected the final two groups on the last two holes. It was very windy and cold but at least it was dry.
The competition was in two parts, a team game and a singles competition. The team game was won by Seniors’ Captain Peter MacDonald Pearce, David Wallace and Dennis Cleggett with eighty points. Two points behind them in second place was the team of Colin Chapman, Tony King and John Dowding who finished on seventy eight. Third placed team were Tim Lee, Ian Kellam and Peter Palmer with seventy seven points, they took it on count back from Joe Ball, Martin Hope and David Nicol.
There were two Nearest the Pins which were close enough to give the players a bit of a heart and wallet attack, a little bit more to the left or right and they would have been very expensive holes in one. Peter Hall took one and Seniors’ Treasurer Barry Tillotson took the other. Fred Aspin won the Longest Drive.
In the singles competition, new member John Cutliffe was just pushed out of the top three placings on count back and had to be content with fourth. Third place went to David Wallace and Mel Clark took second spot, all three scored thirty seven points. John Dowding took first place with a great score of thirty nine points. John said that he was very pleased to have won but was even happier with the way that he managed to think himself around what is a very difficult course. He said that his playing partners, who had both played the course before, were a great help.
The away day had been very well organised by Seniors’ Vice Captain Rod Wells with able assistance on the day from the injured Norman Sampson.