2014 Prize Presentation Evening

Greetham Valley’s Clubhouse was packed for the 2014 Prize Presentation Evening on Friday 14th November.

The first order of business was the announcement of the Vice Captains for 2015. Michael Fish will be Men’s Vice to Captain Fred Aspin, while Susie Ellis will be Ladies’ Vice to Cathy Steele. Mel Clark will take over from Peter Wood as Seniors’ Vice and Tom Haynes will be Vice to Ellie Haughton for the Juniors.

Captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman praised the generosity of the members when they presented a cheque for £3378 to the Warwicks, Lincs, Rutland and Leics Air Ambulance Service. Shaun said that fundraising like this and from the general public is invaluable as without it, the Service would not be able to operate, as they receive nothing from the government. This money will be enough to fund two missions.

Liz Haughton almost needed a delivery truck for her trophies. She won the Hodgkinson Trophyfor winning the Singles Knockout, the Dryden Salver for the 36 holes best net score in the Ladies’ Club Championship as well as three Midweek Medals for April, August and October. Liz also won the Ladies’ Ping Betterball with Emma Tipping and even had time to take first place in the Colin Easson Motors competition. Not to mention the various competitions won away from the club.

Another multiple winner was Susie Ellis: she won two Medals in May and June. Susie was also awarded the most improved lady golfer trophy after coming down from thirty six to twenty four handicap since April. On the way to that she also won the Bunny Cup. Hayley Hunt who joined Greetham Valley this year also picked up two medals, September Midweek and Weekend.Hayley also won the Anniversary Trophy and picked up the Greetham Cup for the Ladies Doubles Knockout with Jackie Friend. Emma Tipping, who couldn’t be at the prize presentations due to work commitments, won the Waycot Bowl for her first win in the Ladies’ Club Championship. Emma also won the Pat Holloway Trophy. 

Graham Smith was the very popular winner of the Men’s Club Championship and got one of the loudest cheers of the night when he went up to collect the President’s PutterDave Pritchett won the Cunningham Cup for the best nett score in the same competition. Rob Bagworth, who joined the club earlier this year, won the June Medal and was the first winner of the Martin Boughton Cup for theSummer Order of Merit. Rob has come down from twenty at the start of the year to eleven and is now knocking on the Second Team’s door.

In the Knockout competitionsNick Cunnington received the Rutland Shield after winning the Division One Singles title. Steve Burgon won Division Two. John Dowding picked up the Brian Hockey Trophy for winning theDivision One Seniors’ Singles Knockout. Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh won Division Twoand was presented with the Mike Churchill Cup. Ian Bain and Dave Morgan won the Begy Trophyfor their win in the Doubles Knockout. Ryan Tarrant and his gran Gill Tarrant collected  theCunningham Cup for winning the Family Knockout and also the Martins Mixed Foursomes Trophy. The Dickinson Mixed Knockout Trophy was won by Jim and Angela Wheeler.

Neil Lowndes has had a good year in Seniors’ competitions, he won Medals in January and February as well as the Hodgkinson Cup for the three club competition a few weeks ago. The award Neil is most proud of though was winning the Senior Golfer of the Year.

Pat Jones, Liz Haughton and Club Professional Neil Curtis have done wonders with the Juniors this year. Isobel Haughton received the Chris Herridge Trophy for winning the Junior Championship, she also picked up the Clark Shield for the best nett score in the same championship. Sister Ellie Haughton was second in that event but went on to win the Juniors’ section in the Colin Easson competition. She also won the Weekend April Medal and the Ladies Medal Winners Trophy. Tom Haynes who joined Greetham Valley this year won the Bud Richardson Junior Knockout Trophy. The winners in the Junior Academy competition couldn’t be separated so Scott Atton and Winston Childs were declared joint winners.
Winston Childs 1
Greetham Valley’s Junior Golfer of the Year award is a very prestigious award. It goes to the Junior who, in the eyes of his contemporaries, the junior organiser and the Professional stands out from the crowd for his or her all round spirit. Popularity with their peers and their general attitude to other members and the game is a must. If Graham Smith had a great cheer when he went to collect his trophy that was topped when the 2014 Junior Golfer of the Year, Winston Childs, went up to collect his.  Neil Curtis, who sponsored the trophy, said that Winston is so keen on his golf that even when he had his foot in plaster earlier this year, he still came up to Greetham Valley for the coaching sessions and to support his friends. Neil said that with his cast on he couldn’t hit an iron or wood but it didn’t stop him from practising his putting. He went on to say that the Juniors are an absolute joy to work with and he is proud of what they have all achieved this year, some from an absolute standing start.

Full list of 2014 Prizewinners

Presented by Roly and Tom Easson
1st  Liz Haughton     2nd Heather Morgan    3rd Pat Jamieson
1st  Kevin Hingle     2nd Chris Howe       3rd  Gordon Barbour
1st Ellie Haughton      2nd Isobel Haughton

November 2013     Steve Burgon
March 2014            Joe Dalziel
April                         Lewis Daff
May                          Kevin Hingle
June                         Robert Bagworth
October                   Andy Lancaster

April Midweek      Liz Haughton
April Weekend      Ellie   Haughton
May Midweek        Susie Ellis
May Weekend       Pat Jamieson
June Weekend      Susie Ellis
June Midweek      Gilly Grant
July Midweek        Angela Wheeler
August Midweek   Liz Haughton
August Weekend   Sheila Douty
September Midweek   Hayley Hunt
September Weekend   Hayley Hunt
October Midweek        Liz Haughton

Presented by Eve Mills
Ellie Haughton

Isobel Haughton

Isobel Haughton

Tom Haynes

Joint winners:­ Scott Atton and Winston Childs

JUNIORS V LADIES (par 3 course)
Winners: Juniors

Presented by Neil Curtis
Winston Childs

Rosemary Thomas Cup
Susie Ellis (came down from 36 in April to 24 now)

Stuart Dodd Trophy
Keith Smith (came down from 18 to 15 during year)

November 2013     Jack  Vernal
December 2013     Malcolm Barnes
January  2014       Neil Lowndes
February                 Neil Lowndes
March                     Gordon Wiles
April                        Ken Stewart
May                         Keith Heppenstall
June                        David Aldred
July                         Nick Lawson
August                    Phil Harris
September              Bernard Bell

Gents       Jon Rookledge
Ladies     Hayley Hunt

Andy Bimpson

Emma Tipping

Peter Dickinson/Peter Smith

John Taylor

Gill Tarrant

David Aldred and Peter Wood

Bob Beverley

Sheila Douty

Gents        Peter Ryan
Ladies      Gilly Grant

Jon Herbert

Presented by Liz Bond
Liz Haughton/Fay Taylor

Darren Want

Steven Chisholm

Neil Lowndes

Presented by Gilly Grant
Susie Ellis

EASSON CUP (19-28 h/c Nett Club Champion)
Ray Pagett

HINCH CUP (19-28 Gross Champion)
Simon Chapman

Presented by John Sparks
Jamie Herbert

Fay Taylor

Jackie Friend/Hayley Hunt

Tim Nixon and Mike Guy 

Joe Ball

Jim and Angela Wheeler

Liz Haughton

Liz Haughton

Liz Haughton

Dave Pritchett

Ryan and Gill Tarrant

Ryan and Gill Tarrant

Division One
Nick Cunnington
Division 2
Steve Burgon

Presented by Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh
Division One
John Dowding

Division Two
Radley Wardhaugh

Ian Bain and Dave Morgan

Emma Tipping

Presented by John Sparks
Graham Smith

Hayley Taylor and Kay Ropson

Liz Haughton and Emma Tipping

Heather Morgan/Sheila Douty

Robert Bagworth

Steve Taylor

The prizewinners

The prize winners were all very happy but the most surprised person in the room was retiring Secretary Dennis Millington. Dennis was totally surprised when Club President  John Sparks presented him with a travel voucher for £1000 from the members. Next up was Gilly Ward who presented Dennis with a gift voucher for £150 for The George Hotel in Stamford on behalf of Greetham Valley’s staff.

Dennis was already having trouble keeping calm when Greetham Valley proprietor Frank Hinch stepped forward. Frank said that the Hinch family could not just let Dennis slip away after his fifteen years of extremely valuable voluntary service to the club. He said that no matter what role Dennis took on: Secretary, EGU representative, Captain and Handicaps Secretary to mention just a few, Dennis took full responsibility for the role and did it to the very best of his abilities.

Frank told him that the family had arranged for Dennis to go to the Ping testing facility in Gainsborough. There, he will be fitted for a new set of clubs complete with a new bag. He will also be taken on a tour of the factory to see his clubs being prepared and will be able to enjoy a round of golf there. Frank went on to say that Dennis has been a stalwart of the club from its very inception. He has always been on hand to sort out queries from members as well as organise the various competitions and the diary on an annual basis. The family also awarded him lifetime membership of the club.

Dennis did fantastically well to stay dry eyed especially when everybody stood to give him a massive round of applause. Saying “All of this has been quite unexpected”, he paid tribute to everybody at the club, proprietors, staff and members alike. He plans to travel more next year with wife Joan as well as playing more golf and trying to get his handicap down. Dennis got off to a good start on Saturday when he and his playing partner registered a win in the first round of the Winter League. Dennis won’t be leaving the club and will be on hand to help out when new Secretary Radley Wardhaugh and new competitions secretary Peter Wood take over in the new year.

The members all paid great tribute to Greetham’s fantastic team of greenstaff led by Adi Porter. The two courses and the par three are kept in tip top condition and without them, none of the competitions could go as well as they do.



Hotel Job Vacancies at Greetham Valley in Rutland

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Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre currently has a job vacancy for a full time Head Housekeeper to lead a busy, established team.

The successful applicant will be responsible for the highest cleanliness standards, to include 35 bedrooms, 8 holiday lodges, cottage, all function and dining facilities and public areas.

Applicants will possess the following qualities:
Exceptional cleanliness standards
High Attention to detail
Ability to motivate and lead a team
Planning and organisational skills
Preparation and delivery of annual budgets

Previous experience in a similar role is required; working patterns will be flexible to include evenings and weekends. Interested applicants should apply in writing with full CV to:
Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN
sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk     tel: 01780 460444
Closing date 8th December 2014


Captain’s Dinner at Greetham Valley

Russ Williams RWCaptain’s Dinner
Saturday 8th November
Greetham Valley Golf Club’s gentlemen members are invited to enjoy a most entertaining evening of comedy, good food and congenial company!

Club Captain Shaun Denholm has chosen UK Comedian of the Year Award winner Russ Williams as guest speaker for this year’s Captain’s Dinner. Russ has an impressive CV in humourous speaking engagements, especially when focusing upon the great game of golf! He has been both Captain and Chairman of the Comedians Golf Society, among many other credits, tours and highlights.

Click here to view Russ’s credentials
Click here to view Russ’s website and video
Click here for the menu for this event

Dress code: Black tie or lounge suit           Arrival: 7.30pm for 8pm

Limited tickets available from Greetham Valley Hotel reception at just £30 to include a three course dinner with coffee.

It’s Ultimate Madness at Greetham Valley!

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Thursday 18th December

7pm to 12.30am

Join in with a crazy fun-filled Christmas party night, with superb entertainment from the ultra-energetic Ultimate Madness!

Tickets are just £35 per person, to include a three course Christmas dinner, fabulous live music and disco.

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Mixed Doubles Final results and more

IMG_0404 The delayed final of the Mixed Doubles took place on the Lakes course on a warm day with a slight breeze. The greens were very receptive after heavy rain during the morning. Ryan Tarrant and Jackie Friend, who have won it for the past couple of years, were trying for the hat trick, their opponents this year being Jim and Angela Wheeler. Jim and Angela had five shots to play with and knew that they would need them all if they were to beat this very tough pairing.

The first hole was halved but Ryan and Jackie went one up after Jackie holed a twenty foot putt for a birdie. Jim and Angela got it back to all square after five and after the front nine was completed they were two up. With their lead cut back to one after losing the tenth, they then got the grip firmly between their teeth and won the next three. Hole eleven was won with a chip in birdie from Angela, the next two were won with pars. Jim and Angela were in control with a lead of four up and  just five to play. Ryan and Jackie hit back by winning the fourteenth taking it back to three up, the next hole was a half to take it to dormy. Jim and Angela held on for a half on the sixteenth to seal a brilliant three and two win.

Jim said that they knew that they were in for a very hard game but he and Angela slotted in perfectly together and that really was the key to their win.
Liz Haughton
The unstoppable Liz Haughton won again at the weekend. Liz, off six, took part in the Gill Christie Trophy on the par 68 Valley course on Saturday. She got off to a very steady start with three pars followed by a birdie. All going to plan, then out of nowhere she had a double bogie on the par five fifth.

Liz has had a brilliant year by working hard and sticking to a game plan and did exactly that in the next three holes. She had a slight pause with a bogie on the par four ninth but quickly got back to business with a run of six more pars. Liz dropped a shot on the tough par three sixteenth but again bounced back with a double par finish. She ended the day with a three over gross 71 and a nett 65 to claim her ninth trophy for the year, she also won the lowest gross and was cut to five. Liz said that the year so far has been just great but she knows that it will be very tough next year off five.

Liz is also quite high up in the How Did I Do Titleist Order of Merit. There are three prizes, the best overall, the best male and the best female. Liz has already won a prize for being the top monthly points winner a couple of months ago, must wait until the end of October when the competition ends to see where she finishes. Liz said that she is looking forward to prize night when she and daughters Ellie and Izzie Haughton all collect trophies.

It was a double family celebration as daughter Ellie off twenty four took third place on countback from thirteen handicapper Sally Bowker with a nett 67. Sally was cut to twelve and Ellie went to twenty three.

The Limestone Trophy had to be cancelled after torrential rain, thunder and lightning made it impossible to continue when it was played in August. It was replayed on Sunday in totally different conditions more akin to April than October. Members with handicaps between scratch and eighteen were eligible to play. Even though it was deceptively warm and sunny, the wind still played its part, fooling some players and keeping scores down. Jon Herbert off eleven took no notice of anything and just concentrated on his game. Jon had a great start with two birdies and four pars. He then bogied the next five holes before hitting back with two more pars and another birdie. He had three more bogies in the next four holes but also had another birdie to compensate. Jon said that he felt positive right from the first tee shot and finished with a nett 65 to win the trophy. He went on to say that even when he had a little run of bogies he never stopped believing; he was cut to nine and will join his son Jason on prize night in November when they collect a trophy each.

Twelve handicapper Mark Mousley took second place with a nett 68 and was cut to eleven. Ian Bain was just the one shot behind and took third on countback from Bill Skinner. Ian was cut to eleven and Bill to sixteen.

Past Captains 2014Bob Beverley won the Bob Ford Past Captains’ Day at Greetham Valley on Friday with a brilliant score of 39 points. Captain Shaun Denholm said that it was a good day out and it was great to see Bob Ford looking fit and healthy after his recent ill health.

Vice Captain Fred Aspin will be running a Winter Order of Merit from the 22nd November, the week after the first round of the Winter League. This will alternate with the Winter League and the March Winter Medal. The list to register for the WOM is on the main noticeboard. This is a club competition and is open to all male members of all handicaps.

Golf Offers

Winter golf
Winter Golf Packages

7 days a week from 1st November 2014 to 31st March 2015, subject to availability

Winter Day Package

Coffee and bacon roll
18 holes on Lakes or Valley course
Chef’s hot dish of the day

Winter Golf Break Package
from £85pp

Unlimited golf
Three course evening meal
Full English breakfast
Shared twin accommodation

Contact Gilly on 01780 460444 for more details or email: gilly.ward@greethamvalley.co.uk

Hotel Offers

mjFabulous Michael Jackson Tribute Night package!
Friday 24 October
Check-in from 3pm and get your glad rags on at your leisure for a superb evening of scrumptious food, disco and live musical entertainment with Danny Oliver, acclaimed as the UK’s number one Michael Jackson tribute! For just £107 you get:

two tickets for the event
including two course set dinner
king-size or twin hotel room Friday night
full English breakfast Saturday morning
late check-out by Saturday noon

See Danny Oliver’s website and video here then book your package with us on 01780 460444

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Michael Jackson Tribute Night at Greetham Valley


Michael Jackson Tribute Night!
Join us at Greetham Valley on Friday 24th October for a fabulous evening of live entertainment with Danny Oliver, the UK’s number one Michael Jackson tribute artiste!

Tickets are £20 for a two course dinner, superb entertainment and disco.

Arrive: 7.30pm    Carriages: midnight

Click here for the tribute night dinner menu

Hotel rooms just £67 B&B for this night only

Check out Danny Oliver’s website and YouTube video here then book your tickets!

Tickets from Greetham Valley Hotel Reception
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Job vacancies at Greetham Valley Hotel

jobs availableGreetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre has a job vacancy for a Food and Beverage Assistant. This position provides direct support to the Food and Beverage Department in all aspects related to the day to day food and beverage operations in our bars and restaurants.

Working a minimum 30 hours per week, the successful candidate will display excellent product and service standards, as well as consistency of delivery and a high attention to detail.

You will also be required to work both on your own initiative and as part of a team.  Some experience preferred although not essential as full training will be given. Flexibility is essential as working hours will include weekends and evenings with shift patterns to suit the needs of the business.

All applications to Sharon Walpole, HR Manager,  by Wednesday 17 September 2014

Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7SN


Greetham Valley golf members’ update 2 September

Emma Tipping Liz Haughton and Sophie BeardsallThe Greetham Valley Ladies’ Scratch Team,  who have won the Lincolnshire South League several times in the past few years, took on the Northern League winners Woodhall Spa in the county final at Spalding Golf Club over the weekend. The team of Emma Tipping, Sophie Beardsall and Liz Haughton represented a squad of Greetham Valley ladies who had all fought hard to win their Scratch League. The team, captained by Liz Haughton this year, had lost against a very strong Woodhall Spa team in last year’s final but they went into this year’s contest with a very positive attitude.

Liz drew the short straw and was up against a very in form India Clyburn, sister of Curtis Cup star and European professional golfer, Holly. India has just been picked to play for England at the end of September after becoming the first English lady golfer to win the Scottish Junior Ladies Open Strokeplay Championships early this year. Liz put up a great fight but was finally beaten by the Scottish and English Girls Open champion. Emma Tipping played Andree Burtt in the second game, Emma put up a very strong fight to take the match to the 17th only to lose it when Andree managed to drop in a long putt from the edge of the green for a four to take a second and decisive win for the Woodhall Spa team. Sophie Beardsall, playing in the third game, won a consolation point for Greetham Valley by beating past County Captain Cindy Ireland two and one, also on  the 17th.

A lot of Greetham Valley members turned up to support their team and all said that, win or lose, they were proud of them. Lady Captain Bev Dolman praised Liz Haughton for the great job that she has done as Scratch Team Captain this year. She went on to thank everybody who played in the various matches that got them to the final yet again. She also paid tribute to the caddies who had done a great job on the day and special thanks to those GV members who had made the trip to Spalding to support the team, it was most appreciated by Bev and the team.

The Ladies’ friendly team played a match at home against Kibworth ladies during the week. Apart from the sudden rain shower that drenched the last group out, the weather was kind to the rest. Greetham Valley won by three games to one.

Andy Bimpson, golfer and rock fan, missed the 19-28 Championships last week as it clashed with a long awaited visit to Holkham Hall to see Status Quo. However, he made up for it this week when he played in the Rabbits Trophy in the same handicap category. Andy said that his driving is usually quite steady but on Sunday, it suddenly went on holiday. He hit balls left and right but rarely into the middle of the fairway. He said that but for the eagle eyes of his playing partners, his game could have been on the rocks after the front nine. They always seemed to spot exactly where his ball landed. Thanks to this, a lot of scrambling and a round featuring just 32 putts, Andy, off twenty, managed to win the competition in style. He shot the lowest gross of 90 to close with a nett 70. Andy won the trophy but was also very happy to find that he had been cut and now has a handicap in the teens. Justin Perry took second place on countback from Alan Grummitt, they both scored a nett 73.

The Airshots Golf Society, which is made up of mainly Greetham Valley members, play their golf days out to raise funds for the local Air Ambulance Service. They played their latest round at Beedles Lake in Leicestershire last Saturday. Twenty one players took part and raised over £300 on the day for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance, taking the total so far this year to over £2400.

On the day, Michael Fish came first with 38 points, winning a four ball at Stapleford Park. Up and coming junior star Tom Haynes was second with 35 points and won a four ball at Beedles Lake. Davy Smith was third on countback with 32 points. Nearest the Pin winners were Michael Fish on the third and Mark Mousley on the thirteenth. The next outing of the Society is on September 20th at Thorpe Wood. If anybody would like to play to help this brilliant and friendly fundraising team, please contact organiser Colin Eversden on 07803 209343.

Greetham Valley’s First Team rounded off a very tough season with a brilliant four and a half to one and a half win at home against Gedney Hill to secure their place in division two for next year. With the team needing a win to be sure of safety, Adam Clegg, Ryan Tarrant, Pete Dickinson, Ray Gladwinfield, Neil Crees, Dave Pusch, Chris Steele, Darren Haughton, Alan Bennett, Nick Cunnington, Will Chamberlain and Richard Wilson all rose to the challenge on the day. Chris Steele, in his first year as Captain, thanked all of the squad members who have played for the team this year. He said that with several past key members going to pastures new, it could have made it very difficult for those remaining but the “new boys” gelled as a team right from the get go. He looks forward to continuing their good form at the start of the new league season next year.

Barry Shaw won the Seniors’ August stableford qualifier with a great score of 41 points in division one. Bernard Bell took second place with 38 and thespian Keith Heppenstall, currently featuring in the BBC series “The Village” on Sunday evenings, was third, scoring 37 points. Ian Kellham won division two with 38 points. Four players scored 37  and were separated on countback. Ken Upton took second and Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh was third. They pushed Frank Maguire and Graham Bowerman into fourth and fifth.

Which Lady member invited Captain of Vice Fred Aspin to break into her house last week after she lost her car keys? Fred had to scale a seven foot high gate with very sharp points on top, strategically placed to be very dangerous to a bloke trying to straddle it. When the Lady concerned took the clubs out of her bag and turned it upside down later, out popped her keys…