A mixed Am-Am to raise funds for Lincolnshire County Ladies’ Golf took place on Saturday 14th April at Greetham Valley. This was the brainchild of Gilly Grant who together with County player and Greetham Valley member Sophie Beardsall and member Sally Bowker brought it to fruition. Seventy six brave souls took to the Lakes course in a howling and extremely cold Rutland wind, many of them Greetham Valley members who were keen to support the Lincolnshire Ladies and Juniors. The very rough weather made scoring quite tough and this was reflected in the final scores for some teams. This however didn’t seem to apply to Zoe Ridgeway from Tytherington Golf Club near Macclesfield: Zoe managed to birdie the short but difficult par three fourteenth and then followed this up with an eagle on the par five fifteenth.
The format was two to score on each hole except the par threes where all four had to count. The winning team was made up of Greetham Valley member Heather Morgan and her friends from Burghley Park who came home with eighty seven points. The Torksey team came second only two points behind and in third place was a team from Stoke Rochford who scored eighty three points. Tytherington and Normanby Hall were fourth and fifth respectively with eighty three and eighty one points.
After the fun and frivolities on the golf course came the serious business of fund raising. First up was the sweep stake for the Grand National followed by a raffle. The raffle and the entries which the Hinch family, Greetham Valley’s proprietors had donated to the fund brought the running total to £1600.
Former Men’s Captain George Grant gavel in hand took to the floor to launch the auction. Prizes had been donated by the victorious European Solheim Cup team, Lee Westwood, Darren Clark and several local golf clubs who were kind enough to donate a fourball. Former Ladies’ Captain Jackie Friend was up at 0600 that morning cooking one of her famous Chinese meals which was bought by the County Captain Cindy Ireland.
George did a magnificent job as an auctioneer, even talking himself into buying a pair of Solheim Cup Ecco golf shoes. Thanks to George’s efforts and the generosity of the buyers a further £1600 was raised bringing the total on the day to a staggering £3200. Gilly, Sophie and Sally had hoped for a figure of £1500 and were astounded by the final total, Gilly Grant said that thanks to the generosity of the people who donated and people who bought, this will be an enormous support to the county and will allow them to continue developing the game in Lincolnshire and hopefully see the first team challenging for national honours again.