The first day of Greetham Valley’s Men’s two day Club Championship got under way on the Lakes course in changeable Rutland weather conditions, rain followed by sun followed by yet even more rain. Ho hum. The early starters had the worst of it as the intermittent conditions played havoc with the hard work of the green keeping staff by making the greens slower than intended. The persistent breeze finally pushed the rain away and the sun came out to dry things up a little after 1pm and suddenly, the greens were back to their normal quick and true speed.
One of the early starters was two handicapper, multiple winner and men’s Vice Captain Trevor Smith who shot a gross 75 to leave him in fifth place overall. This was five shots behind one handicapper Jordan Burdall who shot the lowest gross of the day with a fine seventy. Ali McNaughton off eleven had a fantastic round to finish with a gross seventy five, net sixty four to lead the chase for the net championship.
After the first day, the top three in the gross competition were; Jordan Burdall 70, Adam Clegg 72 and Chris Billows 74. The net was led by Ali McNaughton 64, Adam Clegg in second 67. Chris Billows, Jordan Burdall and Steve Wilkinson all 69, tie for third.
The weather on day two was very different, the sun was out early with just a hint of a breeze giving the competitors a perfect golfing day. The nerves were jangling with most all of the remaining forty four competitors who had made the cut. Chris Billows shot a seventy five to finish third on the day and third overall in the championship. Nick Cunnington recovered from a bit of a shaky start on the Saturday to shoot seventy four to give him second on the day but this combined with Saturday’s seventy seven wasn’t enough to get him into the placings. Adam Clegg shot for him, a disappointing seventy six to finish second overall.
The really big score of the day went to a very determined Trevor Smith, he knew that in order to win again he would have to really dig deep and play his very best golf. He got off to a great start by birdieing the first three holes and parring the fourth. He had a slight slip on the fifth when he dropped a shot but soon got it back with a birdie on the sixth. After parring the next two holes Trevor was back on track but another dropped shot on the ninth gave him cause for concern. A slight wait on the par three tenth gave him chance to breath and gather himself, he was still two under but knew that he would have to push himself, he has never been one to hope that other competitors fall by the way side and set himself the task of dropping no further shots on the back nine. Trevor parred the next four holes and birdied the sixth, two pars on fifteenth and sixteen were followed by birdies on the final two holes to give him a fantastic score of sixty seven.
Trevor was very happy with the way that he had stuck to his game plan and while they were disappointing, he didn’t let the two dropped shots worry him. He was however a little gutted when he thought back to the putts that had lipped out on the thirteenth and sixteenth, just one of them would have meant that he would have broken the course record, he said that in a strange way he was disappointed to have only equalled it on a day when he was playing so well. Trevor shot 142 over the two days, to win the President’s Trophy.
Thanks to his determination to shoot a great score on the second day, Trevor also won the Cunningham Cup for the best net score. He took it on count back from Adam Clegg who took second place; a disappointed Ali McNaughton who shot a net 74 was third, they all had 138 points. Chris Billows was fourth just a point behind on 139. Trevor said that winning the gross was brilliant but to win the net as well was a great bonus. His challenge for 2013 is to win in his Captain’s year, something no other Captain has managed to do.