As players teed off in the Anniversary Trophy on 31st March, Greetham Valley saw temperatures drop from the twenty plus experienced only twenty four hours previously to a miserly eight degrees with a stiff cold breeze. Everybody wants to win this Trophy because it is the first of the big on ones, with the winner’s name displayed on the Club honours board, not to mention getting off to a good start for the season.
Fraser Denholm won the Trophy with forty two points. He got off to a good start by parring the first three holes then went on to bogey the next four. He steadied the ship a little with a birdie on the ninth and finished the front nine only three over. Fraser bogeyed the tenth and eleventh but again steadied himself by parring the next five only to come unstuck on the seventeenth where he dropped a further shot. He finished well with a hard won par on the eighteenth to end his round on forty two after dropping six shots in total. The twelve handicapper was ecstatic to have won as his ambition this year is to try cut out the little mistakes and to get his handicap cut to six or seven. He was cut to eleven to start him on his way.
Second place went to Fraser’s Winter Order of Merit rival Adam Clegg, who came home with with forty one points and saw his handicap cut to eight. Wayne Clark was third with thirty nine points, and was cut to sixteen.
Christine Edwards won the Ladies’ Anniversary Trophy with thirty five points. Christine had a fantastic run of form in 2011 and looks to have got this year off to a good start. Christine said in her usual shy way that it was quite hard fighting the wind on some of the already tough par fives but that she was over the moon with the win.
Second and third had to be decided on count back after five Ladies came home with thirty three points. Pat Jamieson took second place and Chris Harper was third. The unlucky Sally Bowker and Lesley Young were pushed back to fourth and fifth respectively, Ah, what if!