The Mail on Sunday Classic is a knockout competition, with teams of five nominated by their golf club playing against teams from other clubs in a ‘winner takes all’ format. In 2011 over thirty thousand competitors from over three thousand golf clubs took part. The final will be held at the El Rompido Golf and Country Club in Costa De la Luz on the 21st and 22nd of November 2012. However, between now and then, competitors must get through a lot of rounds of golf. The initial games are held in a club’s local area with the first name out of the hat in any match being the host club. Ross Fisher and Becky Brewerton are just two of the famous names to have taken part in the competition over the years.
The Greetham Valley team of George Grant, Dave Morgan, Steff Dutton, Neil Harris and Matt Williams travelled the short distance down the A1 to take on local rivals Burghley Park on Saturday; although it was extremely cold they managed to play the match before the snow and ice that has disrupted golf throughout our region hit.
Eight handicapper George Grant got proceedings under way in the first match. He was drawn against six handicapper Mark Yareham who, George said, was on fire and played immaculate golf in the cold conditions, George lost five and four. Next up was Dave Morgan against Doug Waterhouse, both players played off six. Dave took the win on the seventeenth by three and one to level the match overall.
Steff Dutton admits that Burghley Park is not one of his favourite courses as he usually doesn’t do very well there. However the six handicapper who was drawn against Dean Vaughan, playing off five had one of his better Burghley days and won two up. Advantage Greetham Valley.
Six handicapper Neil Harris had his hands full with George Beadle off one. George was on great form and brought the overall score to two each after beating Neil four and two. It all now depended upon the last match between Matt Williams for Greetham Valley and James Grant for Burghley Park to see which Club would go forward into the next round. Billed as the battle of the big hitters Matt came out on top with a comfortably five and four victory.
Greetham Valley Men’s Vice Captain and Daily Mail team Captain Trevor Smith said that he was proud of the team for the way that they fought and supported each other. He went on to say that it is always difficult to win away and praised the Burghley Park team for putting up such stiff opposition. The Greetham team will find out who they play next after the draw later this week.