The Greetham Valley Ladies Open Am-Am was played on the Lakes course last week in bright Rutland sunshine. The format was three quarter handicap with the best two scores on each hole to count. On the day before it was played, two members of two of the teams entered almost withdrew as a couple of members in each team had pulled out of the competition with very short notice. Ladies Captain Eileen Pare hit upon the idea of putting the remaining pairs from each team together as they had expressed their disappointment at not being able to play in the competition.
Cathy Steele and Julia Thirlwell of Greetham Valley welcomed Elaine Norman and Karen Blacklock from Thorpe Wood in Peterborough to form Team Pimms. The foursome got the proceedings underway with a team meeting over a glass of wine to start the day off on the right note. Elaine and Karen, who are off 20 and 18 respectively played very well and the two “newbies” Julia and Cathy, off 36 and 30, both contributed on different holes. The team, who were the first out, came home with eighty four points and endured a long wait sitting on the Patio opposite the eighteenth green with a pre-celebratory jug of Pimms.
When the ladies were informed that they had won the competition they were very pleased if a little surprised! Cathy said that as they were a cobbled together team they didn’t think that they stood much of a chance and went out just to enjoy the day with their two new friends. She said that it had been great fun to play with the two Thorpe Wood Ladies and winning was the additional icing on the cake.
The Captains’ Am-Am, which had been cancelled due to heavy rain in April, was played over the weekend in overcast but dry conditions. As with the Ladies, this was a three quarter handicap, best two scores on each hole to score. The ninth and the eighteenth were the exception, here all four team members counted.
The team of Chris Waterhouse, Leon Wyche, Andy Wilmot and Graham Stenson took the win with ninety nine points on count back.