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.

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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.


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.


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…


Golf club members update August 2014

Emma TippingThe Pat Holloway Trophy was played over two days during the week. The first game was midweek for Ladies who couldn’t play at the weekend and the second for the rest of the ladies section. County player Emma Tipping, off one played midweek and had a great game despite very cold and windy conditions. 

Emma started off with a birdie, she then dropped a shot on the par five second then really got into her stride. Two pars, a birdie on the difficult fourth hole then four more pars saw her one under par with loads of points for the front nine. She dropped just two more shots on the tenth and fourteenth but made up for them with a couple of brilliant birdies and five more pars to finish up with a great 38 points. Emma said that she didn’t feel as though she did anything out of the ordinary, her whole game just felt really solid and she enjoyed the golf as well as excellent company from her playing partners. She went on to say that she was thrilled to be down to scratch especially as it was achieved in far from ideal conditions. 

After the weekend round of the competition had taken place, Emma was confirmed as the winner of the trophy on countback from Captain Bev Dolman who took second and Rita Knapp in third. 

Peter McCall had a great round to win the Gents Midweek stableford on the Lakes course. Peter had 43 points to take the win and was cut to 23. Jon Herbert took second place with a score of 39 on countback from Keith Smith. 

Simon Chapman won the Hinch Cup for the best gross in the 19 -28 Handicap Club Championship on countback from second placed Phillip Carr. Both players shot a 95; Simon played very steadily throughout and was thrilled to have won. Third and fourth were also decided on countback - Chris Tapsell and Ray Pagett both recorded a gross 96. 

Ray Pagett won the nett competition for the Easson Cup with a great score of 74 on countback from Alan Grummitt. Simon Chapman took third ahead of Phillip Carr after they both shot a nett 75. Nineteen handicapper Marc Joyce shot a nett 64 but as he has only played in one qualifier this year, he was ineligible for a prize but did end up being cut to 16. 

Martin BoughtonThe Men’s section is running a Summer Order of Merit for the Martin Boughton Cup this year. Anyone entering an “open” competition (one that is open to all, such as monthly medals, Moore Stephens, Volvo but not 0-18, Limestone, or Rabbits) is automatically entered into the Order of Merit at no extra cost. Points are awarded on a descending scale and after nine qualifying rounds, Robert Bagworth leads the way with 140 points, followed by Kev Hingle who has 134. Club champion Graham Smith is in third place with 120. Richard Wilson stands in fourth place with 115 points just one ahead of Peter Key. With three more qualifying rounds to go, the competition is wide open and the chasing pack which includes Peter Ryan, Chris Howe, Ryan Tarrant, Joe Dalziel, Greyam Watts and Darren Haughton are all in with a chance of snatching the Cup. The final qualifying competition of the year is the October Medal and the winner will receive the Cup at Prize Night on Friday 14th November. 

After the great success of the Winter Order of Merit, Martin Boughton decided to sponsor a summer series to say thank you to all of the members who had supported him during his six year tenure as Club President. He said that he wanted to have a competition that was open to all male club members with a qualifying handicap at no extra cost. 

Greetham Valley’s First Team played away at Belton Woods knowing that a good result was needed. They had to draft in several players from the Second Team with the blessing of second team Captain Steve Anderson. The second team players played extremely well and helped the team to a creditable 3-3 away draw. With one game left in the season, a half in the last match at home to Gedney Hill will secure their position in the league for next year. In his first year in charge, Captain Chris Steele said that the energy and spirit inside the team is fantastic, they feel very upbeat going into their last match. 

The B Team had a great win at home against a strong Elton Furze team at the weekend,winning by five games to one. Captain Shaun Denholm and Ian Cunningham deserve a special mention -they and their playing partners Fraser and Adi  had teed off at 7am on the Lakes course that morning in the semi finals of the family doubles. Ian and Adi finally won the match on the 20th hole. Shaun and Ian had a quick cup of tea then both lined up to play in the B team match on the hilly Valley course. Needless to say, they were both very pleased to sit down to one of Greetham Valley’s famous carveries at the end of a very tough day! 

 

Dennis and LizLiz Haughton was presented with a Golf Buddy GPS by Club Secretary Dennis Millington. This was a prize awarded to the divisional leader in the Titleist Order of Merit up to June this year. Liz is still doing very well in it and could have more goodies yet to come her way before the end of the year.

The Seniors played host to Lingdale Golf Club last week and finished with a creditable 4-4 draw. A couple of days later in a match away at Park Hill they had another half. Captain Radley Wardhaugh said that it was a very strange match where the winners of each game either won big or lost big. 

Bank Holiday Monday was a virtual washout but the brave and the hardy still turned up to compete in the holiday “fun” competition. It all started off so well with most players going off in semi dry conditions, however, that was as good as it got. Thereafter, it became quite windy and rained hard for the whole round. The course stood up to it very well but everybody who played came in soaked and relieved to be finished. John Keer, Neil Chatterton and Dave Squires shot a fantastic 80 points to win the all male team prize.Darren Haughton, Bryan Birchill and Ellie Haughton won the mixed prize also with 80 points. Beryl Crosland, Liz Haughton and Izzy Haughton took the prize for the all Ladies team. Captains Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman said that they were staggered that so many people turned up to play and thanked them for doing so in such horrible conditions.


Captains’ Weekend at Greetham Valley Golf Club!

Captains’ Weekend 26th and 27th July
Greetham Valley Golf Club’s 2014 Captains, Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman, have great pleasure in inviting members and their guests to enjoy the Captains’ Weekend events on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July. 

BBQ chefWhat’s On: Saturday
Captains’ Stableford Competition (full handicap) – on the Lakes course, enter on the computer from 5th July. Sponsored holes with lots of prizes (please let Shaun or Bev know if you or your company/business would like to sponsor a hole – the more the merrier!). Nearest the Pin competitions on 10th (gents) and 12th (ladies); Nearest the Pin in 2 on 18th (ladies and gents). Complimentary refreshments in the Halfway House.

BBQ from 7.30pm,  live entertainment from comedy and musical duo Fingers ‘n’ Fumbs, and disco until late. Evening tickets £8 for members and £10 for members’ guests – tickets from Hotel Reception.

golf team of three

What’s On: Sunday
Fun golf competition - 10 Hole Waltz on the Valley course! Teams of three – entry sheet, format and rules will be on the noticeboard from 5th July. Prizes for Ladies, Mens and Mixed teams. Duck Race on the brook after the competition. Back your duck NOW in the Lounge Bar, just £1!

Raising funds for the 2014 Captains’ Charity, the Air Ambulance Service

 


Team results, foursomes and midweek medal

Overhead lakesMost of Greetham Valley’s teams have had a good weekend despite the weather. The First Team led by Chris Steele lost a very tough match away to Boston Golf Club by four games to two. Chris said that they had one or two players drop out for various reasons but he was grateful to the members who stepped in at the last minute.

Steve Anderson who is Second Team Captain, praised his players for winning again this weekend. They won against Tydd St Giles in their first game of the season and this week beat Boston at Greetham Valley to win by four and a half games to one and a half. Steve said that despite the occasional bouts of rain, a three club wind and tough opposition, they stuck to their task to register a “played two, won two” start to the year.

The B Team (friendly) welcomed neighbours Rutland County to Greetham Valley. The Greetham team won by four and a half games to one and a half. Team Captain Fred Aspin said that the team, which included three debutants to matches since joining Greetham Valley recently, played very well and they look forward to their next match against Melton Mowbray away.

The Ladies Scratch Team, Sophie Beardsall, Emma Tipping and Kay Ropson beat Belton Park by three games to nil.

Former Senior’s Captain David Aldred and Senior’s Vice Captain Peter Wood had a great game in the Tudor Spring Foursomes. They came home with a nett score of 73 to take the trophy and the honour of representing the club in next year’s Daily Mail Foursomes competition. Trevor Smith and partner Dave Morgan, with a joint handicap of 3.5, were second with 73.5. Third place went to Captain Shaun Denholm and Gary Moat, they finished with 74.5.

Held on the same day, the Ladies Peugeot Foursomes, which is a stableford competition, was won by Hayley Taylor and Kay Ropson, they scored 37 points. Second place with 36 went to Eve Mills and one of Greetham Valley’s rising young stars, thirteen year old Ellie Haughton. Valda Austin and Chris Edwards were placed third after they too scored 36 but lost out on countback.

Susie Ellis, who has been a member for less than a year won her first Midweek Medal last week. Susie, off 36, won with a nett 67 and was cut to 31; Hayley Taylor was second with a 73. Peggy Smith who is also fairly new to the club took third place on countback from Liz Haughton after they both scored 75.


Gallant James rescues a golf trolley in distress

James AblettA hundred golfers were asked “If you saw an electric trolley go into one of the many lakes at Greetham Valley Golf Club, would you jump in to get it out”? Only one said yes – and did so at the weekend! Greetham Valley member James Ablett and partners had just finished their round and witnessed a fully laden trolley shoot down the hill from the practice putting green and into one of the lakes on the 18th hole of the Lakes course.

The owner, a lady who was a visitor to Greetham Valley and her husband rushed down the hill in a panic. Without any hesitation, James jumped into the water to rescue it. When the lady’s putter was found to be missing, he went back in to retrieve that too!

The lady visitor was over the moon after getting her clubs and trolley back so quickly and praised James for his quick and selfless thinking. Even though a very soggy James had to endure a bit of leg pulling from his mates, they and other club members all agreed that he really is a top man. Club Captain Shaun Denholm praised James and said that what he did was well above and beyond the normal courtesy that the members always extend to the club’s visitors. Incidentally, whilst he was wading around neck high in the lakes, James’ own trolley suddenly developed a mind of its’ own and headed off for the lake – its’ progress was arrested by Bob Green, who was filming the whole episode.

James’ friends in the Airshots Golf Society, a charitable group who fundraise for the Air Ambulance Service,  presented James with the equipment required in case he ever felt the need to repeat his heroic performance!

The video of James’ soggy adventure, as captured by former Greetham Valley Captain Bob Green, is available to view here on YouTube, entitled Golf Trolley Rescue.


Gilly and Liz enjoy Midlands North Foursomes success

Gilly Grant and Liz HaughtonGreetham Valley Ladies Gilly Grant and Liz Haughton took part in the Midlands North 36 holes Foursomes on a beautiful sunny day at Spalding Golf Club last Thursday. The pair, playing off a combined handicap of 9.5, had a fantastic morning eighteen holes, coming in with a gross 83, nett 73.5 off a standard scratch of 74. The pair said that they really scored well on the greens, hardly ever missing a putt.

After a spot of lunch,  they didn’t know where they stood in the field as the results hadn’t been published but when they stood on the tee for the second eighteen they were still buzzing. Unfortunately, this meant that they didn’t get off to the best of starts and it took a couple of holes to settle down to the task in hand. Foursomes is a tough challenge at the best of times but 36 holes requires a lot of concentration and physical strength to complete and play well at a gruelling course like Spalding.

The pair really thought that they had spoilt their chances when they came in with a gross 89, nett 79.5. but were amazed to find that they had won the gross competition in the morning and were only 0.5 off the nett. They had a long wait until the rest of the field finished their rounds and the final leaderboard for the day could be published.

Gilly said that they were really pleased to find that they had won the Nett trophy with a score of 153 and although they were joint top in the Gross competition with a 172, they lost out on countback and were pushed into second place. They were slightly gutted to have come so close to a clean sweep but with so many good golfers in the field, they were very happy with their day’s work.

Both players agreed that it had been a fabulous and well organised day and said that they had thoroughly enjoyed it. They can’t wait to defend their trophies next year in Derbyshire.

Liz isn’t the only good golfer in the Haughton household. Thirteen year old daughter Ellie, who won the Ladies Medal last week also won the Easter Pairs with partner Suzie Ellis, they scored 41 points.

Ellie has also been voted in as Junior Captain for 2014. Junior organiser Pat Jones said  “Ellie has a maturity beyond her years and plays a fabulous game of golf”.  Ellie, who only took up the game in May 2013 along with younger sister Isobel, is enthusiastically supported by Mum Liz and Dad Darren, themselves excellent golfers. Both girls have benefitted from the junior coaching days led by Greetham Valley Club Pro Neil Curtis.

The Men’s Easter Pairs was a very tight affair. Pete Dickinson and Mark Hibbitt were the overall winners with 45 points. The next three pairs all came in with 44 points and were separated on countback. Dean Wilkinson and Dave Morgan took second, Ben Miles and Darren Haughton were placed third just ahead of Gareth Williams and Dave Squires.

Greetham Valley’s Second Team got their season off to a great start by beating Tydd St. Giles away from home by three and half to a half. Team Captain Steve Anderson said that it was just the start that they wanted and the team hope to build upon it in the coming months.

The Ladies Mail on Sunday team have drawn Toft at home in their next round.

Mike Pare won the Seniors’ Stableford competition on Monday with a score of 45 points on countback from Rod Wells. Third and fourth were also decided on countback, Keith Smith took third from Steve Lakeman, both players scored 40 points.


Oakham Rotary Club Charity Golf Day

Oakham Rotary Club Golf day winnersPhoto – some of the winners of the Oakham Rotary Club Golf Day. In the foreground from left to right are Fred Aspin, Greetham Valley President John Sparks, ORC Foundation Chairman Bruce Strickland, GV Captain Shaun Denholm, Oakham Rotary Club President Richard Simmons and Wayne Terrett.

Oakham Rotary Club has been in existence since 1952 and, as with Rotary clubs throughout the world, they are focusing their main charity efforts in trying to eradicate polio on a global basis. However, they also never lose focus on their local charity efforts. Foundation Chairman Bruce Strickland said that one of the charities that they sponsor are the First Responders in Rutland. These are the people who will arrive at an incident even before the paramedics. They need specialist machines for resuscitation as well as keeping people alive and comfortable at the site of an accident or incident. Bruce said that the First Responders are an extremely important service but, as with the Air Ambulance, they receive no government funding and rely totally upon donations from the public. Their efforts to raise money for them and the fight against polio have led to Bruce organising the eighth Rotary Club Charity Golf Day at Greetham Valley.

The competition was played on the Valley course in warm sunshine with just a hint of breeze. The format for the twelve teams of four was stableford, with three to count on each hole except from the par threes where all four counted, a tough ask on a course featuring six very tricky ones.

The team of Trevor Smith, Bob Beverley, Sheila Douty and Jackie Friend just missed out on the prizes after being placed fourth on countback by Kevin Newman, Dennis Lowe, Mark Mousley and Les Orridge. Both teams scored 108 points.  Graham Smith, Mick Peasgood, Chris Wheatland and Darren Haughton scored 115 points to take second place.

The win on the day went to the team of GV President John Sparks, GV Captain Shaun Denholm,  GV Vice Captain Fred Aspin and Wayne Terrett, they scored a brilliant 122 points. Shaun thanked all of the participants for coming to Greetham Valley for the competition and said that although he was pleased to be part of a winning team, the real winners were the charities that the Rotary Club spend all year campaigning for.

Nearest the Pin winners were Darren Haughton for the men and Sheila Douty for the Ladies. C team Captain Neil Sellars won Nearest the Pin on the 18th, which was open to everybody. Sheila Douty also won the Ladies Longest Drive. Rob Smith hit two monster drives to win the Longest Drives for both the men’s and the open competitions.

Kevin Newman was given a Ryder Cup 18th hole flag and team tie by one of his clients to be auctioned on the day, this was bought by Greetham Valley Chairman Frank Hinch. £1250 was raised from this, the raffle, the competition and their loyal sponsors. Bruce Strickland said “this is an event that is held just once a year and continues to grow, it will be held at Greetham Valley again in May 2015 and all golf club members, male or female, young or old are very welcome to take part”.

Greetham Valley Ladies beat Melton Mowbray, in a  friendly match played at home, three games to one. The team was Bev Dolman/ Cathy Steele, Hayley Taylor/Lizzy Taylor, Pat Jamieson/Angela Wheeler, Beryl Crosland/Chris Edwards.

The Ladies’ Mail on Sunday team played their third round match at Brampton Park in Cambridgeshire during the week. Kay Ropson was out first and got the team off to a good start by winning three and two. Gilly Grant lost a very tough match on the final hole to make the score all square. Hayley Hunt lost two and one but Liz Haughton won her game with a magnificent score of seven and sixth. The match was all square and all eyes were on the only game still live on the course as the winner of this would decide the tie, Sheila Douty duly obliged by winning one up to give the team a win by three to two. Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman said that Brampton is a very tough course to get a result at and that the team performed extremely well. She went on to say that the team were ably assisted by caddies, Pat Jamieson, Beryl Crosland, Trevor Smith, Hayley Taylor and Chris Edwards. The team will learn this week who their next opponents are.

Robert Lewin won the Midweek Stableford on the Lakes course with 40 points on countback from Ian Copley. Countback was also used to sort out third and fourth, after both players scored 37 points. Alan Childerley took third and Tim Nixon was pushed back into fourth.

The Men’s Mail on Sunday team took on Burghley Park away on Monday. The Greetham Valley team got off to a great start after Nick Cunnington and Adam Clegg won the first two games. Unfortunately, Chris Steele and Richard Wilson lost the next two so it all depended upon the last game with Greetham Valley Captain Shaun Denholm. Shaun and his opponent were all square on the 18th tee but the game and the match ended up going Burghley’s way. Shaun said that it was a great try by the team playing away from home and wished Burghley well in the competition.


Jon and Hayley triumph in the Anniversary Trophy

Valley golf course at Greetham ValleyGreetham Valley opened for business some 22 years ago with a driving range. During that time the Hinch family have added two 18 hole championship courses, a par three academy course, enlarged the clubhouse and built a hotel. Every year they celebrate the anniversary of the club with the first main competition of the year, the Anniversary Trophy. There are separate Ladies’ and Gentlemen’s trophies.

Jon RookledgeThis year’s men’s competition, a stapleford off full handicap, had a field of 127 who played on the Lakes course off white tees. This was won by Jon Rookledge with a brilliant 42 points. With six pars, a birdie and two bogies on his card for the front nine, Jon was well under his handicap. Like many, Jon struggled with the new white tee position on the tenth and dropped a shot, he also dropped two more on the par three twelfth but bounced back with four pars and a birdie to put himself back on track only to unfortunately drop one last shot on the final green.

Jon said that the course was in fantastic condition thanks to Adi Porter and his greenkeeping team, he hit a lot of fairways and greens in his round and stayed very positive with his putting. He was very disappointed with the double bogie on the par three twelfth but overall he was really pleased with the way that he regained his concentration. Jon went on to say that as a single figure handicapper, he generally plays quite well but this year after lessons with Greetham Pro Neil Curtis on the mental side of the game, he feels so much more confident and relaxed. Jon will play off eight in the April Medal next weekend.

Jamie Lowndes of seventeen was just one point behind Jon on forty one. Kevin Burdall off eighteen took third on countback from twelve handicapper Mark Mousley after both scored 40 points.

Hayley Hunt 1Sixteen handicapper Hayley Hunt, who won the Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit last weekend, won the Ladies’ Anniversary Trophy this weekend. She got off to a bad start when she dropped three shots in the first two holes. Hayley, who has grown in confidence since moving from Toft a few months ago, took a few deep breaths and got her concentration back on line to register 20 for the front nine. She went on to also score 16  points on the back nine including two no scores to give her a winning score of 36 points. Hayley took the win on countback from playing partner Hayley Taylor off fourteen,who has also only been with Greetham Valley for a few months.

Hayley H said that Hayley T is a brilliant player and it helped to be playing with her as she pushed her all the way, by making her concentrate hard. She went on to say that she thought that she had lost out when Hayley T birdied the final hole. Hayley Taylor was very disappointed to have had double bogies on holes eleven and thirteen as they really made a big difference on countback.  However, she said that she was very pleased with the way that she had played overall and it bodes well for the rest of the year.

Jill Cannings off sixteen and Sophie Beardsall off one were placed third and fourth on countback after both scored 34 points.

First Team Captain Chris Steele, playing off six, won the first Midweek Medal of the year with a net 69 on the Lakes course. Chris dropped five shots up to fourteenth but got two of them back with birdies on the sixteenth and seventeenth. He said that the Medal win and Posh winning the Johnsons Paint Trophy last weekend has started his year off in a very nice way! Kevin Shilham off eight took second place with a nett 70, another eight handicapper Tony Mould was third with 71. Trevor Smith off one won the lowest gross coming in with 73.

Greetham Valley Ladies “friendly” team got off to a good start to the year when they beat Burghley Park on the Lakes course mid week. Captain Bev Dolman and Chris Edwards won the first game one up. Gilly Grant and Annie McCulloch halved the second game. Angela Wheeler and Rosemary Thomas won their match by two and one. Jackie Friend and Chris Slattery won the final game five and three. Bev said that the girls had played very well and she looks forward to a good season.

Ken Stewart, playing off ten in division one won the April Seniors’ Medal despite appalling weather. Gusting winds and intermittent rain slowed everybody down. Ken dropped just the one shot on the front nine but suffered from the worsening conditions on the back nine. However, he still came in with the lowest gross of 78, the win in the division and the overall medal win. He will play off nine next time round. Eighteen handicapper Ian Jarvis was second with nett 73 and Michael Maffei off eleven took third place with 74. Ken Upton had nett 70 to win division two on countback from Michael Webb and Mike Guy took third with 72.