The Waycot Classic is the brainchild of former Greetham Valley President Mike Waycot. The main aims for the day are: play golf, have fun and raise funds for a deserving charity. The charity this year was the Northampton and Warwickshire Air Ambulance. Shaun Denholm is the local representative of the charity and is also a Greetham member. He said that he was very happy that the charity had been adopted for the day and was overwhelmed with the response from the seventy two guests who raised just short of a thousand pounds.
The golf was played on the Lakes course off yellow tee markers that were nearer to the white markers, this was thanks to the Ladies’ Captain Jackie Friend. They had been left there after the Ladies v Seniors match when Jackie bribed the greenkeepers to change them. The competitors also had very strange weather conditions to contend with: sun, rain, hailstones and a howling gale. This made the going very tough for the players and the scoring was invariably quite tight. Fifth place was taken by Jez Perry with 37 points but the next four places were all subject to count-back as they had all scored 38 points.
Jim Findlay was placed fourth, former Greetham Valley assistant Pro Adie Ashworth took third. Former Greetham member Ben Stevens was second but the winner was Greetham member Tom Bains who plays off three. Tom also won one of the nearest the pin prizes and came very close to adding two more for the day only to be pipped at the post in both of them.
Other nearest the pin winners were: Peter Stevens, Tony Tarrant and Jack Vernal. Jez Perry won the longest drive on the 17th with a monster drive that, in spite of the wind against, landed only 50 yards short of the green; nobody could get anywhere near it. He said that the spinach that he had for breakfast really helped.
Shaun Denholm won nearest the pin in two on the 18th and was very happy to donate his prize to the charity. Shaun said that Air Ambulance services all over the country rely heavily on charitable funding and the funds raised will be of great benefit, he thanked Mike Waycot and the Greetham management for all of their help.
Greetham’s Ladies had a brilliant result when they played their last home match of the year on the Lakes, defeating Kettering Ladies by four game to nil. Ladies’ Captain Jackie Friend said that it was a fantastic way to end the season and went on to praise the Ladies; section for all of the help and support that she has had from them this year.
Jackie Friend/ Rena Lister v Jean Galbraith /Liz Weed – 6/4
Chris Edwards/Sheila Douty v Pam Sayles/Enid Haines – 1 up
Beryl Crosland/Angela Wheeler v Lynne Dunkley/Cathy Murphy – 3/1
Jill Cannings/Chris Slattery v Dot Munro/Veronica Bird – 4/3
They have played eighteen matches and won 8, halved 5 and lost 5. The Ladies have one more match to play which is away at Belton Woods.
Sunday was President’s Invitation Day at Greetham Valley. President Martin Boughton welcomed guests and organised weather that wouldn’t have been out of place in early April: very little wind, warm and very sunny. The competition was a stableford, off yellow tees and was played on the Lakes course. In the men’s competition three players were on 41 points and good old countback was pressed into service yet again. Former Captain Bob Beverley took third place on count-back from Gordon Wiles who was relegated to fourth. Bob had a putting lesson from Teaching Pro Jim Hetherington and it really helped him gain those extra points. Martin Boughton was second, but Bryan Birchall off 10 was a clear winner with 43 points. Shaun Denholm won the nearest the pin on the 6th and Pat Jones fittingly won the Roy Jones Tankard.
In the Ladies competition the top three were all former Captains. Angela Wheeler took third place and Eve Mills was second courtesy of countback, both scoring 34 points. Sue Wiles took first place with a cracking 38 points. Hazel Hinch won the Ladies’ nearest the pin on the 12th.