Martin Boughton had to cancel his President’s Invitation Day on 13th October due to a massive storm which rattled Rutland on the day. Martin, who has been First Team Captain, Club Captain and, for the past six years, Greetham Valley Golf Club President, really wanted to hold the day to thank people for their support during his 2008-2013 tenure.
Despite handing over to John Sparks on 1st January, Martin finally got to hold his day on Saturday. The weather was cold and windy but it was at least dry for the most part. Three quarters of the field got through the competition and into the clubhouse dry but the final quarter had a howling gale, a massive hailstorm as well as thunder and lightning to contend with. No surprise then that the winners were all in the first three quarters! Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman won Nearest the Pin on the par three 6th and Assistant Course Manager Stuart Raybould took the Men’s prize on the 12th.
Bev also won the Ladies’ competition with 33 points, second place went to last year’s Lady Captain Sheila Douty with 31 points, whilst Gilly Grant came in with 28 points to claim third place. In the Men’s competition, Wayne Terrett won it with a massive 42 points. James Boughton, Martins son, took second place with 38 points and last year’s Captain Trevor Smith was third, scoring 36 points.
Martin thanked Greetham Valley proprietors the Hinch family for their support over the years. Club Secretary Dennis Millington was thanked for his support and guidance. Martin also praised Adi Porter and his greenkeeping team for presenting the three courses in fantastic condition year after year. Martin went on to wish new President John Sparks well for his own tenure.
Winter Order of Merit organiser Neil Harris was amazed that so many competitors wanted to play in round 13. The day was cold, very windy with constant heavy rain and after just a few holes it soon became apparent that it would have to be reduced from eighteen holes to nine. However, despite the conditions, the scoring was still very good. Jim Wheeler off thirteen came in with 17 points, was docked point five and will play off twelve next week. Tony Mould had 18 points to take second place, he lost one shot and will play off seven on Saturday. The score of the day came from Trevor Smith playing off scratch. Trevor took first place with 19 points after a game which included eight pars and a birdie; he was docked two shots and will play in round fourteen off plus two.
Adi Cunningham still retains the top spot with 223 points. Kev Hingle remains in second place but the best jump up the table went to Trevor Smith, he moved from twelfth to third. Steve Anderson dropped from third to fourth, Graham Smith dropped a place to fifth. Carl Causbrook, Fred Aspin, Adam Clegg, Ben Miles and Dave Copley round out the top ten.
Neil Harris said that now that the weather is really playing its part, the field is really starting to bunch up, just 42 points separating tenth from second.
The Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit, organised by Angela Wheeler, has a field of thirty competitors and has been going for just three weeks. The clear leaders at the moment are new member Hayley Hunt and Helen Woolley – they have both had a win, a second and another placing to put them ahead of the chasing pack. Hayley won week one with Helen second, Sheila Douty took the honours in week two and Angela Wheeler was second. Helen took the win in week three and Hayley took second. Kay Ropson. who has rejoined Greetham Valley after leaving Sleaford Golf Club, didn’t do so well on Saturday but she is too wily a campaigner to be counted out. Sheila Douty, Bev Dolman and several others who all won competitions in 2013 are chasing hard too.
The Seniors played their Winter League round seven on Monday in warm weather with just a little breeze. Peter Giblett won with 41 points pushing Trevor Davis into second on countback. Former jockey Steve Taylor was third with 38 points ahead of Steve Lakeman who came fourth on countback.