As with most golf clubs in the country, New Year’s Day marks the changing of the guard. Greetham Valley 2011 Captains, Bob Green and Jackie Friend, drove out of office followed by the new Captains for 2012, Jim Wheeler and Eileen Pare. With over 80 members and staff observing, each Captain had a few heart fluttering moments when they addressed the ball and silently promised to be a good person for the rest of the year if their ball would please fly over the lake on the tenth and not into it. All of their golf balls landed on dry land to great sighs of relief and thunderous applause. After that, it was a rush to get to their allocated tees before the shotgun went off to start a nine hole pairs combined stableford competition. After the dreadful weather experienced by golf clubs throughout the land last New Year’s Day, 2012 came as a very welcome surprise. Members found themselves playing golf on a warm sunny day and in short sleeves, you could be forgiven for thinking that it was the first of April instead of the first day of a new year.
The front nine was won by Steff Dutton and Nicola Toon with a combined score of 38 points. The runners up with 35 points were the 2012 Vice Captains, Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty with 35 points. Peter De Kremer and Ian Cunningham took the back nine with a fantastic score of 42 points, whilst Paul Holliday and Dave Pusch were the gallant runners up with another great score of 39 points.
The club laid on a fantastic buffet for the competitors their partners and guests but, before they were allowed near the food, the two Vice Captains Trevor and Sheila sold raffle tickets after which the Captains’ Charity for 2012 was announced as The Evergreen Care Trust. The Trust was established in Stamford in May 2005 by a group of volunteers from local churches in response to the needs of local older and vulnerable people who had day to day problems that did not fall within the remit of statutory health and social care agencies. The raffle raised over £330 to start the charity fundraising off with a bang.