The Midland Golf Union Limited in its present form dates from 1984 but started life as The Midlands Counties Competition in 1895 and has taken various forms since then, such as the Midland Golf Association, The Midland Counties Golf Association and the Midlands Group. The amalgamation of the latter two in 1984 formed the present company. Former Greetham Valley Captain Neil Harris has just been announced as the Secretary for the Midlands Golf Union. Neil was surprised to have been invited to apply for the post but extremely proud to have his appointment confirmed.
As MGU Secretary he will be responsible for the administration of the MGU website, arranging all MGU championships, competitions and team matches. Neil will also administer the entries and results of amateur competitions from all ages, from juniors through to seniors throughout the Midlands. Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Cambridgeshire, Shropshire & Herefordshire are the ten counties that make up the Midlands Golf Union. Part of Neil’s job will be to liaise with other county associations, Golf England and supporting the ten county secretaries. Terry Arnold has held the post for the last seven years, Neil said that Terry had served the MGU extremely well and would be a hard act to follow.
Neil leads a very busy golf life, he helps Greetham Secretary Dennis Millington during the year, plays in the Trilby Tour events as well as club and county competitions, and organises the Winter Order of Merit series at Greetham Valley. Outside of golf, Neil is a successful author having published Eric and the Red Shoes, Engaging Eric and has a new publication due out in the early spring.
The 2010/11 winner of the Winter Order of Merit, Greetham Valley President Martin Boughton, was yet another first time winner in this years WOOM. Martin had a fantastic round and came home with forty three points. He said that apart from drizzly conditions for the final hour of the round the weather was quite good and playing tee to green seemed quite easy for most of the round. This result moves Martin up from forty third to twentieth position on the leader board, he will be playing off ten in the next round after having two shots taken off his handicap.
Graham Smith playing off five dropped just the one shot to come in with forty points to claim second place, he was rewarded with a one shot cut to his handicap. Peter Bagshaw was the long time club house leader on thirty nine points until three others came in within a couple of groups and knocked him back into fifth position. The 2011/12 winner of the competition Adam Clegg, took third place with thirty nine and drops point five for next weeks competition. Adam pushed his father Paul Clegg into fourth place (no pocket money for you this week my lad!) and Ted Burke was sixth.
Dave Copley who had a steady round but was out of the placings still heads the table with a hundred and ten points, Michael Fish moved up from fifth to third on seventy eight points. Graham Smith had a massive jump from twentieth to third and is just a point behind on seventy seven, Steve Anderson didn’t play this week and drops to fourth only a decimal point or two behind Graham. Steff Dutton rounds off the top five on seventy four.