Greetham Valley Members’ Autumn Ball

autumnGreetham Valley Golf Club’s 2015 Captains, Fred Aspin and Cathy Steele, are delighted to invite all Greetham Valley members and their guests to the Autumn Ball on Saturday 19th September.

Tickets are just £37.50 per person, to enjoy welcome drinks and canapés on arrival, a scrumptious three course dinner and fabulous musical entertainment from The Rutland Big Band and Rockingham Roadshow Disco.

Dress code: gents – black tie or lounge suits, ladies – cocktail or long – you choose!

Tickets available now from Greetham Valley Hotel Reception. Bring family and friends to celebrate your membership of the best Golf Club in the area!!

Check back here soon for the Autumn Ball menu and in the meantime click here to see The Rutland Big Band’s website and listen to their music


Greetham Valley 2015 Mixed Open and more

Ninety two competitors from twenty six different golf clubs, from Woburn to Scunthorpe, attended Greetham Valley’s 2015 Mixed Open sponsored by Oakham based travel company Savvitravel at the weekend. The day was warm, with no rain and a breeze that moved from cooling to two clubs plus during the day. Played on the Lakes course off yellow and red tees, the best scores came from the early competitors before the wind really took hold.

Click here for full Mixed Open 2015 scoreboard.

Prizes were awarded to the top three and the best away pairing. Mark Dutton and Cathy Cooper from St. Ives took the honours for the away team with 41 points. Competition Secretary Peter Wood and his sister Pat Dominey, who is Lady Captain at Basingstoke Golf Club, were third on countback. Second place went to Greetham Valley former Seniors’ Captain David Wallace and his partner Fay Allison from Brampton Park, both pairs came in with 42 points. First place went to their playing partners Colin Allison and former Greetham Valley Lady Captain Jackie Friend, they scored a brilliant 44 points.

Nearest the pins on the twelfth went to our own Gilly Grant and John Stevensonfrom Lakeside Lodge. Kay Anderson of Chesterfield Golf Club was closest to the pin in two on the eighteenth and Greetham Valley’s Neil Upton took the prize for the men.

As many who have organised similar events in the past will know, it does not just happens on the day. A successful event like this can only be achieved with a lot of forward planning and a great deal of help from a variety of people behind the scenes. Peter Wood and his wife Tina worked throughout Friday ensuring that all the cards were made up and that the format for the day was printed out for each competitor.

They and Ladies’ Competition Secretary Gilly Grant also booked everybody in.

Elizabeth Wardhaugh, wife of Secretary Radley, Tina Wood and Ladies’ Vice CaptainSusie Ellis ran a busy halfway house with delicious cakes supplied by Elizabeth, Liz Haughton and Jackie Friend.

Ladies’ Captain Cathy Steele said that the size of the Mixed Open competition grows year by year as its’ reputation spreads. She said that many competitors who have been coming to Greetham Valley for several years have enthused about it so much that some of their club members also now attend. Many have already booked in for next year’s Open as they not only enjoy the venue but remark upon how well the day is organised. Cathy went on to praise the organisers and volunteers whose hard work made the day such a success.

The Men’s Weekend Stableford was a bit of a tight affair. Normally if you were to score 45 points on the Valley course you would look forward to getting your handicap cut, picking up your winnings and perhaps splurging out on a small glass of something at the bar to celebrate. 45 points this weekend however would only get you into the countback club as the top four all had the same score.

Up and coming junior Luc Afflec took fourth place and was cut to twenty three. David Bull was cut to fifteen and took second place. Rob Jerram, who won the 19-28 Championship only a couple of weeks ago, had two goals, the first was to try to win the competition but his overriding aim was to get his handicap cut to eighteen or below so that he can enter the 0-18 two day Club Championships in July. He lost out on the win having to be content with second but achieved his handicap cut to eighteen and lost no time in entering the Championships.
Bill Guest
The win went to Bill Guest who, strangely enough, had exactly the same aims as Rob. For the past couple of months Bill has been a regular visitor to the door of Greetham Valley’s Pro Neil Curtis. Bill said that Neil had to change several things in his swing and his short game. He admits to finding it tough to adapt to them but at the weekend it all came together for him. He said that he drove really well, his irons were very consistent and his putting is improving. Bill said that one of his best holes was the par four fourteenth. He hit his drive slightly offline and had to take his second shot over trees from 120 yards to get at the flag, he came off with a great birdie.

The sixteenth is a tough par three to a three tiered green, but Bill made it look easy, placing his eight iron shot to within six foot to claim his second birdie. Full of adrenaline, he hit his drive well offline into the trees on the left of the seventeenth and spent several fruitless minutes trying to find it. This and a couple of other errors on the hole led to a blob to blight an otherwise great card.

At this stage, Bill’s only thought was to hit the middle of the green on the eighteenth to give him a chance of a par to rescue his round. An easy nine iron, a putt close to the cup and a simple pop in was all that was needed to bring his round to a successful conclusion.

Bill said that when he saw the other scores coming in, he had a very anxious overnight wait for the result. He was very pleased to accomplish both of his goals but was annoyed with himself at his moment of madness on the seventeenth. He knows that he will have to improve his course management now that he has been cut to eighteen and qualifies for the club championships.

Jackie FriendJust seven ladies were able to take part in the Weekend Stableford, which was also on the Valley course. Jackie Friend was a model of consistency and took the win with 36 points. Nine handicapper Kay Ropson was second on countback from Annie McCulloch, both ladies scored 32 points.

The Valley course was also the venue for the Stan Holden Trophy on Monday. Stan was a long time Greetham Valley member and is remembered fondly by many in the Seniors’ section. Stan passed away while playing with friends at North Shore a few years ago and this competition is a fitting tribute to his memory.

On a day of sun, wind and occasional rain, scoring was always going to be tight. Neil Bradbury and Stuart Doddwere third and fourth on countback after scoring 39 points. Ten handicapper Neil Lowndes took second place with 40 points, a very good score in the conditions.Keith Childs

 

The trophy and the win went to Keith Childs who scored 42 points and was cut to twenty one. Keith had a bit of brain fade as he packed his wife off to work and his son off to school that morning, he had forgotten that he was playing in the competition until he caught a glimpse of his diary. A bit of a mad rush to the first tee resulted in a seven and no points on the first hole. Keith soon settled down to it and rattled off four pars in the next eight holes plus a bogie or two to garner 20 points for the front nine. A good back nine followed to take the win, he was cut to twenty one.

Keith said that after hearing of Stan’s standing in the club and the history of the trophy he was proud to have become its latest recipient. He is not so sure that Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis will be so happy with him. Keith won the Lombard Trophy qualifier a couple of weeks ago and he is playing with Neil in the final for the Trophy in a week or so’s time.

The June Midweek Stableford was held on the Lakes course in fairly reasonable conditions. Not too cold, not very windy, and dry. In a week of very tight scoring in competitions, the top three all scored 38 points. Carl Harris was third, dropping only eight shots in his round and was cut to nine. Steve Orton had a rather unfortunate blob on the sixteenth and was placed second. Ian Brocklehurst took first place thanks to a birdie on the twelfth and pars on the last two holes.

Chris HoweBill Skinner and playing partner Peter Key played their Pairs Knockout on the Valley course against Chris Howe and Chris Tapsell over the weekend. They were all level after fifteen holes when Bill put his iron shot to within six foot of the pin on the sixteenth. Chris Howe stepped up and hit his nine iron onto the green even closer to the flag, it bounced once, had a slight check then disappeared into the hole for a fantastic hole in one! This put Chris and his partner one up in the match. They were still one up on the eighteenth when Peter dropped a twenty foot putt to take them into extra holes. They finally finished four holes later with team Chris taking the victory. Chris Howe, who has been playing very well this year, said winning against tough opposition and moving into the next round was very pleasing but getting a hole in one along the way was just really nice icing on the cake.


Colin Easson Motors competition and more golf updates

Jamie HerbertColin Easson Motors, who celebrate their 40th anniversary as a business this year, are based in the village of Cottesmore and have sponsored a golf competition at Greetham Valley for over twenty of those years. 150 gents and 30 ladies played in this year’s stableford competition on the Lakes course over the weekend. It was not exactly blazing May but at least it didn’t rain, although a gusting wind caused a few problems for the competitors.

Melton Mowbray’s Jamie Herbert started with a bogie then a double bogie but soon got into his stride to finish the front nine with 19 points. He did even better on the back nine, registering a fantastic haul of 23 to end the day with 42 points. Jamie said that he felt very relaxed on the course but couldn’t point to just one thing that helped him win, his overall game worked on the day. The win also means that he is now eligible to play in the two day 0-18 Club Championships in July after being cut to eighteen.

Long time clubhouse leader Steve Bennoson who had a fantastic game took second place with 41 points and was cut to eight. Jason Lindsay, Chris Tapsell and Peter Smith took third, fourth and fifth on countback after scoring 39 points.

Ryan Tarrant scored 36 points in the Colin Easson but gained enough points to strengthen his lead in the Martin Boughton sponsored Summer Order of Merit. Ryan has 89 points, Steve Orton, who won the last qualifier,  remains in second place with 75 and Adam Clegg moves up to third with 67. Steve Bennoson jumps up to fourth after his second place this week, he has 63. Fred Aspin rounds off the top five with 55 points.

Thirty competitors played in the Ladies’ Colin Easson competitionSally Bowker had 16 points on the front despite not scoring on hole seven. She got stuck in and came in with a further 19 points on the back to win on countback with 35 points. Jackie Friend was placed second and Nicola Toon took third with 34 points.

In the Junior Competition, Ellie Haughton who is having a magnificent year, won on countback from the 2014 Junior of the Year, Winston Childs. Both scored 33 points. The winners will receive their prizes at Prize Presentation Night in October. 

The Midweek Medal, played on the Lakes course, was contested by a strong field. Five handicapper Graham Smith took full advantage of the reasonably still conditions and came in with a gross 76, nett 71 to take the win on countback. Graham, who is noted for his very steady swing no matter what the conditions, had twelve pars, a birdie on the par five sixteenth and five bogies. He said that he was very pleased with the win but just went out to enjoy himself as he usually does. Nine handicapper Jon Herbert took second on countback. Russell Holden and David Copley were placed third and fourth on countback after coming in with nett 71.

Former Lady Captain Angela Wheeler, off fifteen, was cut to fourteen after she won the Ladies’ Midweek Medal with a brilliant nett 74 on the Valley course. She finished seven shots clear of second and third placed Irene Barstow and Julia Thirlwell.

A bogey competition is not to everybody’s taste but the Seniors gave it a good try out. David Wallace and Keith Godwin were first with six. David Kirtland and Nick Lawson took second on countback from David Aldred and Ken Stewart with five.

Former Seniors Captain Rod Wells had one of the best games of his golfing life in the Seniors stableford qualifier on the Valley course. Rod shot an incredible 45 points, five ahead of second placed Neil Bradbury. All of that despite not scoring on the tenth! Rod said that everything just seemed to work on the day, the drives were mostly good as was his short game. He was cut to twenty one. Frank McGuire was third with 39 on countback from Tim Lee.

The Seniors had a great half away to Thorney Lakes in Peterborough during the week. Seniors’ Captain Peter Wood and partner Tim Pearson had a great game to get the team off to a good start with a win. Two halves and two losses followed, this left the team needing a win for the overall half. Vice Captain Mel Clarke and his partner won on the last despite being three down for most of the game.


Order of Merit golf competitions at Greetham Valley & more

Chris HoweRound seven of the ten week Winter Order of Merit series was played on the Lakes course in the teeth of a very cold and biting wind on Saturday. With the wind gusting and constantly changing, it was quite tough to club and some got it badly wrong. Seventeen handicapper Peter Key played very well, coming in with 38 points to take third place. Second place usually gets a ripple of applause but this week the applause was quite thunderous. Former second team Captain Steve Anderson, playing his first full game after a major operation, took the position after scoring 40 points. Steve said that he was pleased with the way that he had played but what made him really happy was the welcome back from members, being able to play in rough conditions and still be competitive. He admitted to being a little tired but this bodes really well for the coming season for him.

The winner this week was Chris Howe, off fourteen, with a terrific score of 41 points. Chris said his game seemed suited to the conditions on the day but what really clinched it was his putting. He said that the greens were in absolutely superb condition and they gave him the confidence to go for his putts. Teacher Chris can’t play every round due to other commitments which is a pity as he could do very well. When he does play next, he will play off twelve after being cut two shots.

Martin Gore still leads the overall table with 140 points. Carl Causbrook, who seems to have crept up the table with very steady play every week, is in second place with 128. Dave Copley is just one point behind in third and Andy Webb is a point behind Dave in fourth place. Chris Tapsell, who lost three shots off his handicap after his win in week on, has 117 in fifth just one point ahead of Graham Smith in sixth. With two more games and the results from the March Medal to take into account, it looks like being a very tight finish to claim the trophy.

The twelve competitors in the Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit, who followed the men home, got caught up in the heavy downpour that also hit the last three groups in the men’s game. Last week’s winner Sheila Douty took third place this week with 29 points but that is still enough to consolidate her second place in the overall merit table. Junior Organiser Liz Haughton was second with 31 points. Daughter Ellie Haughton, not content with second place last week, bounced back with yet another win. Ellie had 19 points on the front nine including a blob on the fourth. She closed the back nine in the rain with 15 to finish with a score of 34. Ellie started the competition off twenty three and after being cut another shot this week will play the next round off eighteen. Nobody can catch her and the competition is now on for second place.

After two beautifully warm, almost early summer, days on Tuesday and Wednesday the competitors in the Lincolnshire Alliance looked forward to more of the same when they visited Greetham Valley for round six on the Thursday. Unfortunately, the weather bit back to remind everybody that we are still in the middle of winter. Constant rain coupled with a very cold gusting wind made a mockery of the previous two days’ sublime conditions.

The field of seventy two playing for the Corby Trophy nevertheless got on with it and the whole field completed the course. In the conditions the scoring was never going to be massively high but it was still very close at the top of the leaderboard. The Burghley Park quartet of Alan Kinch, Bob Emmins, Dave Jackson and Bill O’Driscoll took third place with 83 points. Second place went to a team from Waltham Windmill consisting of Steve Evans, Richard Pett, Jim Fletcher and Liam Lawton. They came in with a great score of 85 points but lost out to the eventual winners on countback.

Professional Andrew Hare and his borrowed team from Seacroft Golf Club in Skegness took the win. The Seacroft lads, Andrew Birks, Harry Lee and Keith Hussey said that Andrew led the team by example, making 41 points on his own. Andrew Hare took his own name in vain when he said that he never expected to be in a winning team consisting of Birks and Hare. Harry Lee made light of the conditions which he said were akin to a light breeze in Skegness. They were very pleased to accept the Corby Trophy from Lincolnshire County President James Lammin.  Andrew Hare also won the Pro competition on the day from Paul Streeter who had 40 points.

South Lincolnshire and Midlands Secretary Neil Harris, who organises the Alliance, said that although many a scorecard came in wet and bedraggled, the course stood up to the battering and drained exceptionally well. He passed his thanks onto Course Manager Adi Porter and his team for their help.

The Rotary Club of Rutland which was formed in 1952 will hold a charity golf day at Greetham Valley on Tuesday 14th April. This has been a regular fixture at Greetham Valley since 2008. Chairman of the Foundation Committee, organiser and GV member Bruce Strickland said that all funds go to both local and international charities. Captain Fred Aspin who was in the winning team last year said that much of the work of the Rotary Club goes unheralded and urged members of Greetham Valley and neighbouring clubs to join in for a good day out and a chance to help others less fortunate. Contact Bruce Strickland via the Greetham Valley Golf Shop for an entry form.

PrintThe Greetham Valley Captains’ charity this year is for the Seb Goold Trust. They want to help Seb, who lost a leg after falling out of a bus on the way home from an under nine rugby tournament. Although he loves his rugby, Seb was also a member of the One Touch football team in Stamford before his terrible accident. One Touch are trying to raise funds for the Trust and will field a team of Coaches and Dads against a Peterborough United Legends team. The match will take place at the Borderville Sports Centre in Stamford and will kick off at 2pm on Sunday 2nd March. Greetham Valley member Karl Stokes, whose son played with Seb, said that they hope for a sell out crowd as it is not only for a good cause but will give fans a chance to meet up with some of the Posh legends.


Snow update at Greetham Valley January/February 2015

Greetham Valley Feb 6thFriday 6th February 11.30am
All three courses fully open today and on 99% main greens – the only exception is 17th Valley, on temporary green but will be switched to main green as soon as possible. Gloriously sunny forecast over the next couple of days – come and make the most of it!!

Wednesday 4th February 11.30am
Update late morning. Snow is thawing nicely and Adi is hopeful that we will be able to open the Lakes course tomorrow. Further update at 3.00pm this afternoon.

snow on greens 1Wednesday 4th February 8am
Bleh. Very low temperatures overnight. Both main courses closed this morning, Academy course and Driving Range are both open. Anyone for coffee? Toasty warm in the Lounge Bar….

Tuesday 3rd February 5pm
The new snowfall has been thawing in the bright sunshine today although at lunchtime there was still 2cm on the cold greens. Barring any more snow, we are hopeful for golf on all the courses tomorrow. Please do phone the Golf Shop on 01780 460444 to check before leaving home.

Saturday 31st January 9am
Front 9 of the Lakes course and the Academy course are open; an inspection on the back 9 of the Lakes will be held at 11am, there is still a fair amount of lying snow on that part of the course. No rain overnight and it was somewhat chilly. Adi tweets updates too, why not follow him @Adi14

Snow going at Greetham Valley

Friday 30th January 4pm
Adi the Course Manager reports that the snow is almost gone, due to milder temperatures this afternoon, except on north facing slopes. Providing there is no more snowfall overnight, we are looking optimistic for golf on all three courses tomorrow. #fingerscrossed  The courses will be inspected at the crack of dawn Saturday and the updated news will be available from the Golf Shop on 01780 460444. Sorry about the picture quality :)

Fsnow at Greetham Valleyriday 30th January 11am
A light covering of snow both yesterday and overnight has been enough to close the main 18 hole courses but the greenkeepers have been working on the Academy course greens this morning, so the Academy course is open – use orange balls!! If we get any rain today/overnight, this should wash the snow away and we are also hoping for slightly milder temperatures to help do the job. Please phone the Golf Shop on 01780 460444 for updates


Snow update at Greetham Valley

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SNOW UPDATE 31st DECEMBER 9am
Sunny, frosty and bright again at GV today. Yesterday saw no thaw even in the sunshine and the temperature overnight was minus 6 degrees so that snowy duvet across all the courses is still icy cold – and still there… Forecast is for it to be warmer today, now saying up to 4 degrees so it might start a thaw but that won’t be enough to clear 5cm of snow.  Adi the Course Manager has just spoken to the Members’ Committee because of tomorrow’s Captains’ Drive In and competition and the Drive-In has been postponed to 11am, but no golf competition, and the golf lunch will be served in the Lounge Bar at 12.30pm. There are also over 100 diners booked in for New Year’s Day Lunch in the Rutland Suite. In the meantime, the roads and driveway to GV are still clear, so all is set for tonight’s New Year’s Eve party – we’ll see you there!!

SNOW UPDATE 29th DECEMBER 11am

Sunny and bright at GV today, but thermometer only showing 1 degree above zero at the mo. Driving Range open, but still good 5cm of snowy duvet on the courses. Nice for walking the dog, but hopeless for golf. Forecast says temps set to rise from tomorrow, so good chance that the Captains’ Drive-In and 9 hole comp will happen on Thursday. However, avoid Robert today if you can #grumpy…

SNOW UPDATE 29th DECEMBER AT JUST GONE MIDNIGHT
It’s minus 2 degrees out there right now and hasn’t risen much above freezing all day yesterday (Sunday) even in the sun. Courses likely to be closed for Monday and Tuesday, then fingers crossed a thaw will set in. We’ll keep you posted here, but the Golf Shop will probably be the first to know as they will collar Adi the Course Manager as soon they see him! Lounge Bar and restaurant will be open, lane and drive are clear and we’re revving  up for our New Year’s Eve party night!

SNOW UPDATE 27th DECEMBER  6cm of snow since 5pm Boxing Day at Greetham Valley. Courses are closed but Driving Range is open. Robert has been out on his trusty snowplough to clear the lane and drive down to the Clubhouse, so come on in and warm up! Roaring log fire in the Lounge,  and the view across the snowy golf courses is just beautiful – although Robert doesn’t think so…but Jazz the black lab loves it!


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

COLIN EASSON MOTORS COMPETITION
Presented by Roly and Tom Easson
Ladies
1st  Liz Haughton     2nd Heather Morgan    3rd Pat Jamieson
Gents
1st  Kevin Hingle     2nd Chris Howe       3rd  Gordon Barbour
Juniors
1st Ellie Haughton      2nd Isobel Haughton

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

LADIES’ MEDAL WINNERS
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

LADIES’ MEDAL WINNERS TROPHY
Presented by Eve Mills
Ellie Haughton

CLARKE SHIELD (NETT CHAMPION)
Isobel Haughton

CHRIS HERRIDGE TROPHY (JUNIOR CHAMPION)
Isobel Haughton

BUD RICHARDSON TROPHY (JUNIOR KNOCKOUT)
Tom Haynes

JUNIOR ACADEMY COMPETITION (par 3 course)
Joint winners:­ Scott Atton and Winston Childs

JUNIORS V LADIES (par 3 course)
Winners: Juniors

JUNIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Presented by Neil Curtis
Winston Childs

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

MOST IMPROVED SENIOR GOLFER
Stuart Dodd Trophy
Keith Smith (came down from 18 to 15 during year)

SENIORS’ MEDALS
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

ANNIVERSARY TROPHY
Gents       Jon Rookledge
Ladies     Hayley Hunt

RABBITS TROPHY
Andy Bimpson

PAT HOLLOWAY TROPHY
Emma Tipping

GENTS’ WINTER LEAGUE
Peter Dickinson/Peter Smith

NEIL WHITTER TROPHY (SENIORS)
John Taylor

LADY LANDOVER TROPHY
Gill Tarrant

TUDOR SPRING FOURSOMES
David Aldred and Peter Wood

BOB FORD PAST CAPTAINS’ CUP
Bob Beverley

BARBARA FORD PAST CAPTAINS’ TROPHY
Sheila Douty

MOORE STEPHENS TROPHY
Gents        Peter Ryan
Ladies      Gilly Grant

LIMESTONE TROPHY
Jon Herbert

LADIES’ GREENSOMES TROPHY
Presented by Liz Bond
Liz Haughton/Fay Taylor

CHRIS SOUTHWELL MEMORIAL SALVER
Darren Want

STURGESS VOLVO TROPHY
Steven Chisholm

SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Neil Lowndes

LADIES’ BUNNY CUP
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

PRESIDENT’S CHARITY DAY TROPHY (GENTS)
Presented by John Sparks
Jamie Herbert

MEADOWS WORLD TRAVEL CHARITY TROPHY (LADIES)
Fay Taylor

GREETHAM CUP LADIES’ DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Jackie Friend/Hayley Hunt

SENIORS’ DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Tim Nixon and Mike Guy 

VETERANS CUP
Joe Ball

DICKINSON TROPHY MIXED KNOCKOUT
Jim and Angela Wheeler

HODGKINSON CUP LADIES’ SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Liz Haughton

DRYDEN SALVER 36 HOLE BEST NETT (LADIES)
Liz Haughton

GILL CHRISTIE MEMORIAL TROPHY
Liz Haughton

CUNNINGHAM CUP (CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP) (BEST NETT)
Dave Pritchett

MARTINS MIXED FOURSOMES
Ryan and Gill Tarrant

STIMSON CUP (FAMILY KNOCKOUT)
Ryan and Gill Tarrant

RUTLAND SHIELD GENTS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Division One
Nick Cunnington
Division 2
Steve Burgon

BRIAN HOCKEY TROPHY SENIORS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Presented by Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh
Division One
John Dowding

MIKE CHURCHILL TROPHY SENIORS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Division Two
Radley Wardhaugh

BEGY TROPHY (GENTS’ PAIRS KNOCKOUT)
Ian Bain and Dave Morgan

WAYCOT BOWL (LADIES’ CLUB CHAMPION)
Emma Tipping

PRESIDENT’S PUTTER (CLUB CHAMPION)
Presented by John Sparks
Graham Smith

LADIES’ CORONATION FOURSOMES
Hayley Taylor and Kay Ropson

LADIES PING BETTERBALL
Liz Haughton and Emma Tipping

LADIES’ DAILY MAIL FOURSOMES QUALIFIER
Heather Morgan/Sheila Douty

MARTIN BOUGHTON TROPHY (SUMMER ORDER OF MERIT)
Robert Bagworth

SENIORS’ STAN HOLDEN TROPHY & WINTER LEAGUE
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.

 

 


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.