Seventy plus years young Keith Heppenstall won the Midweek August Stableford on the par 68 Valley course with 41 points. Keith said that he has been playing well recently without getting a win so he was very happy with this result, he was cut to sixteen. Terry Dunlop was second, he was one of a trio of players who came in with40 points and the top places were decided on countback.
Nineteen year old Jordan Burdall, off plus one, has already won the 0-18 Club Championship this year but had to settle for third on countback in this competition. However, he wasn’t overly bothered about that as what he was really after was the course record! Jordan said that with his plus one handicap he has no realistic chance of winning a stableford competition so every time that he plays now, it is all about beating his previous score. The course record on The Valley course has been held by Sam Sharpe who is now an assistant Pro at Luffenham Heath Golf Club. Sam shot a gross 65 on The Valley several years ago. On the front nine, Jordan shot eight pars and a birdie, to get to level par . He really got going on the back nine with five pars and four birdies to take the course record with an incredible 63.
Jordan said that his course management worked really well, he only used his driver on the two par fives, the rest of the time he used a three iron off the tee to get himself into a good position. Some of the flags were quite tough but good iron shots gave him a lot of chances for birdies. He went on to say that his putter worked fantastically well and three of the birdies were also twos. Jordan’s next target is the course record on The Lakes course currently held by Club Captain Trevor Smith.
The Ladies’ August Stableford was held on The Lakes course in bright sunlight. Bryony Batch had one of her best games of the year to take the win with 38 points and was cut to 29. Cathy Steele had a chance of snatching the win but decided to visit one of Greetham Valley’s guardian lakes on the eighteenth. Cathy was cut to 23. Scratch team Captain Gilly Grant off 9 was third with 36 points.
The Sturgess Volvo Trophy was abandoned on Saturday after heavy rain, thunder and lightning made the course unsafe. It will be played for at a later date once Club Secretary Dennis Millington can find a slot.