The October Stableford competitions turned into a survival test last Wednesday! Fog covered the golf courses in the morning with visibility restricted to a couple of hundred yards. This cleared towards midday only for it to pour down for the rest of the day.
In the Men’s competition, eight handicapper Tony Mould braved the conditions to win with a score of 37 points. He said that the rain came as they were halfway round and it wasn’t worth walking in as he was playing quite well in spite of the conditions and he felt that as he was already soaking wet, he couldn’t get much wetter anyway. Three players came in with 34 points and were separated on countback. Eleven handicapper Andy Hardy took second, Brian Ross off twenty three was third and Neil Lowndes off nine was pushed back into fourth.
They all deserve a large scotch (for medicinal purposes only, of course) and a huge pat on the back as they managed to keep playing in conditions that you wouldn’t let your pets out in!
Ladies of a certain age, (just a little over twenty one) had a nine hole Stableford competition on the same day. This was won by Sue Findlay, Mavis Lucas was second and Maureen Wildblood took third.
The final Qualifying Medal of the year took place on the Lakes on Saturday in warm but breezy conditions. The competition was in two divisions. In the first, Ralph Clark, playing off eleven, took the honours with a nett score of 69. Ralph had three double bogies in his round but also managed to get two birdies and a good number of pars. Robert Lewin, off twelve, took second place with a sterling nett 70 on countback from Club Captain Trevor Smith, playing off one. Trevor was one under for the front nine and going along quite well in the back nine until a strange bounce on the par three 14th carried his ball into the pond behind the green, Trevor lost his whole handicap allowance with a five. Undeterred, he set himself the target of birdying the final four holes and very nearly did it. He managed it on the 15th and 18th and almost did it on the other two only to see his ball just lip out on both holes. Trevor also won the lowest gross.
James Kearney won division two with a nett 70, he also shared the lowest gross prize with James Gore. Dave Smith and Stuart Knowles took second and third on countback after both scored a nett 71.
Joe Dalziel, who plays off twenty four, had taken second place in the Pairs Betterball a couple of weeks ago with partner Kenny Boyd, hit a fantastic iron shot on the par three 6th. It hit the green, checked slightly and then rolled into the hole for a great hole in one. This was Joe’s first and was celebrated in style with a bottle of Oban’s best scotch on the bar. Joe said that he hit the ball straight at the flag and when it landed he thought that he was in for a two but couldn’t believe his eyes when it dropped majestically into the hole. Joe will also take delivery of a brand new Boss watch for his achievement.
Greetham Valley’s Mixed Team played their final match of the season at home to neighbours Rutland County. The result was an honourable half. Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman said that she had enjoyed all the matches this season and thanked everybody who had played in them. Bev will hand the Mixed Team Captaincy over to her Vice Captain when she takes on her year as Ladies’ Captain in 2014.