July Medal win for Nick and team news

Nick CunningtonThe July Medal was played on the Lakes course in very hot conditions and without even a hint of a breeze. In Division One, three players were tied on 73 points and were separated on countback. Nine handicapper Dave Pusch was placed second, John Simpson, also off nine, took third and plus one golfer Jordan Burdall was pushed back into fourth. Jordan at least had the consolation of winning the lowest gross with a stunning 72.

The winner of the division and the competition, Nick Cunnington, got off to a good start with a par on the first then took a step backwards when he moved the ball while removing his marker, as a result he called a one shot penalty upon himself. Not a good start but it is even worse when you are off four and you have just thrown away 25% of your handicap. A lesser man may have wilted at that but Nick put it straight out of his mind and got on with the rest of his game. He birdied the next two holes and didn’t drop another shot until the eighth, unfortunately, he then dropped another on the ninth. This left him at one over for the front nine, he got back to level when he birdied the tenth. Nick dropped just two more shots for the rest of the back nine to finish with a two over par 74, nett 70.

Nick said that the penalty was a silly mistake but said that the rules are there for a reason. He is looking forward to the 0-18 Club Championship this weekend and feels that in a strange way, the penalty incident could be a benefit. He is confident that his game is in good shape but now says that he has no doubts about his composure and ability to handle the pressure of a two day competition. His mantra for the future is “make adversity work for you”.

Peter Ryan, off thirteen, won division two with a splendid nett 72. Three players came in with a nett 73 and were separated on countback. Club President Martin Boughton was placed second and he also won the joint lowest gross with Peter. Steve Burgon was third and seventeen handicapper Robert Bailey took fourth.

Keith Ross won division three and the lowest gross with a 90, nett 71. Countback was employed to separate the next two places: Graham Stark and Keith Heppenstall were second and third respectively after both scoring a nett 75.

The Ladies Scratch Team got off to a good start, winning their first match of the season a couple of weeks ago. This week they played Stoke Rochford away. The in-form Emma Tipping beat Pam Watson six and five to get them off to a good start. Sophie Beardsall played in match two and she beat June Miller by three and two. Team Captain Gilly Grant won the final match one up against Chris Rowley to make it a clean sweep and full points for the team.

Gilly said that they always enjoy games at Stoke and with the course in fantastic condition ready for the Midland Youth competition it was even more of a pleasure. Gilly went on to say “Two wins out of two, but we can’t take anything for granted and must concentrate on one game at a time in order to retain the County Scratch Team Shield”. Their next game in a couple of weeks’ time is also away to  Belton Park - always a tough place to get a result.

The Greetham Valley First Team welcomed the arrival of fellow title contenders Blankney Golf Club on possibly the hottest day of the year so far, unfortunately it was the home team that wilted in the heat of battle. The father and son combination of Paul and Adam Clegg started the ball rolling with a narrow one up victory. However, Chris Steele and Fraser Denholm struggled to hold off the visitors and finally lost out three and one. Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson were taken all the way to the eighteenth but finally saw off the visitors with a two up win. Neil Harris and Ben Easson trailed at the turn two down despite playing level par golf, however the visitors continued to make birdies and ran out four and three winners to level up the match.

In game five Club Captain Trevor Smith and Bob Green had another epic tussle with the game going all the way to the final hole with the Greetham pair just failing to reverse the losing trend, they finished one down. However the contest was all over by then and a four to two victory assured for Blankney as game six had already been decided, George Grant and Ally McNaughton suffering an unaccustomed heavy defeat eight and six.

Team Captain Neil Harris said  ”With the good work of the earlier season clash at Blankney undone, the league title is once again wide open. With any one of four teams capable of finishing at the top of the pile it is imperative we get back on the winning trail as soon as possible. All of the top four have tough matches to come, so picking up points in the remaining games is vital for all concerned.”

On  the other side of the coin, the Second Team travelled to top of the table Blankney who had previously beaten them at home. In the first game Richard Wilson and Carl Causbrook won two and one, Neil Crees and Peter De Kremer kept up the impetus, they won one up. The team suffered a slight reversal when Simon Bateman and Paul Jenkinson lost three and two.

Team Captain Alan Bennett and Steff Dutton won two and one to put them back on track. They took all the points when Steve Anderson and Elliot Clarke won two and one. Dave Copley and Tony Mould won two up to give the team a five to one victory and sweet revenge for the defeat at home. Alan said that they are not in the hunt for promotion this year but this result means that their place in the league is secure.

John Taylor won the first division in the Seniors’ July Qualifier on countback from Neil Bradbury, they both scored 41 points. Ken Moore and Tim Howlett were also separated on countback and were third and fourth respectively, they each came in with 38 points. John Taylor won the overall competition. Ken Upton won division two with 38 points. Dave Lucas, Ian Kellam and Frank Maguire took the next three places on countback, they all scored 34 points.

The Mixed Team led by Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman had a great four to two win against Thorney Lakes at home on Saturday. The result could have been better but one of the Thorney team managed to chip in from over sixty five yards to a very difficult flag position on the eighteenth to win their game one up. This was the first and only time that they were ahead.


Captains’ Weekend at Greetham Valley

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July
Greetham Valley’s 2013 Captains, Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty, are delighted to invite members and their guests to enjoy the annual Captains’ Weekend activities at the end of July.

mod-golf-news-from-the-greenThe Saturday sees the main golf competition, a full handicap stableford, being played on the Lakes course for lots of great prizes! Mixed tee times will be available for this competition. Trevor and Sheila are providing complimentary refreshments at the Halfway House, just to keep players well fuelled.

 

BBQ Barbershop quartetOn the Saturday evening, all members are invited to bring as many guests as they like to enjoy a BBQ and live musical entertainment from the fabulous ‘Encore’ Barbershop Quartet from 7.30pm. Members tickets are just £8, guests £10, available now from Reception.

On the Sunday, Trevor and Sheila have organised a mixed team fun golf competition – keep an eye on the Mixed noticeboard for more details.

Fingers crossed for some fine Rutland weather for this very sociable weekend!


Greetham Valley’s Ladies in excellent form at County level

Emma TippingThe Greetham Valley Ladies Scratch Team, who are the defending Lincolnshire Ladies Scratch Team Champions, got off to a fine start in their first match of the year. Playing against Belton Park, Team Captain Gilly Grant led from the front with a fine seven and five win. County player Emma Tipping also had an emphatic win of seven and six. Liz Haughton who has recently returned to golf played in her first ever scratch team match lost three and two. Gilly said that Liz was extremely brave to take on a scratch match so soon after her return but did so well nobody would realise that she had been away from playing any sort of golf for several years.

Gilly and the team were thrilled to get off to such a good start against a strong Belton Park team.

The Lincolnshire Ladies travelled to Hawkstone Park Golf Club in Shropshire for County week. They played five days in a row with foursomes on the morning and singles in the afternoon. Their first game was against Staffordshire which they won by eight points to one. Leicestershire were their opponents the next day, the team won again six and a half to two and a half. Neighbours Nottinghamshire were up next and the result was the same, a win for Lincolnshire by the same score. Lincolnshire is renowned for being a friendly County, but this was a competition and even though their hosts Shropshire were up next the team didn’t take their feet off the gas, they won by eight points to one. On the final day they had to beat Derbyshire to get a clean sweep which they duly did by six and a half points to two and a half.  A fabulous result!

Sophie BeardsallThis was a dominant display of team golf and the members and management of Greetham Valley are proud that Sophie Beardsall and Emma Tipping are once again members of the County team and played every day. The county finals will be held in Wilmslow, Cheshire between the 16th-20th September when Lincolnshire will be appearing for the fifth consecutive year. We wish Sophie, Emma and the whole team great success.


Club Captain Trevor wins Greetham Valley’s Mixed Open

Hannah Vaughan and Trevor SmithGreetham Valley played host to members from almost twenty different golf clubs on Sunday’s Mixed Open on the Lakes course. The weather was warm and sunny but with a breeze which grew from a one club to a two club wind. This kept the scores down in the mid thirties for most of the competitors, however, this didn’t seem to bother Club Captain Trevor Smith, off one, and his playing partner six handicapper Hannah Vaughan from Burghley Park golf club. The format was better ball, three quarters handicap, this left the pair with a total of six shots between them. Despite the wind they had seven pars and two birdies in the front nine to give them twenty two points at the halfway mark.

The scoring was even better on the “tougher” back nine: five pars and four birdies gave them a further twenty four points and a finishing total of forty six points, a full six points better than the second placed pair. Trevor and Hannah play together only a couple of times a year but seem to gel very well when they do. Hannah said that as they have a similar type of game, they seem to get into a groove from the off and just play the course; it sounds easy but the other forty three pairs didn’t find it so.

Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty, off sixteen, and her partner, fifteen handicapper Bob Beverley, had a good round to come second with forty points. Third place was settled on count back as three teams scored thirty nine points. The best score of the day from a visiting pair received a special prize, Mick McCreary and Kay Blacklock from Nene Park in Peterborough took it with forty two points.

Trevor thanked Jackie Friend and Club Secretary Dennis Millington for organising the event so well.

Ben EassonSecond Team Captain Alan Bennett who shot a gross seventy six, nett sixty eight, was the long time clubhouse leader in this year’s competition for the Chris Southwell Trophy. With only a few games still out on the course, Alan was overhauled first by Richard Wilson off ten and then by the eventual winner Ben Easson. Alan was very pleased with his round in spite of the close finish, he was cut to seven. Richard took second on countback from Alan and was cut to nine. Ben, who is the grandson of Greetham Valley’s longest serving sponsor, Colin Easson of Colin Easson Motors of Cottesmore, doesn’t play much these days as he plays a lot of football. He took the win after getting off to a terrible start, he bogied the first and had a double bogie on the second. He had a five pars and two bogies to finish the front nine five over and only one shot left of his handicap.

Ben got to work in the back nine and parred the first two holes, these were followed by two birdies and another par. After getting two more birdies on the par five fifteenth and sixteenth, Ben had cut the deficit to just one over. Two more pars saw him home with a gross seventy three, nett sixty seven to take a one shot win and the trophy.

Ben said that he was very pleased with his discipline overall, he was annoyed with the mistakes in the front nine but stuck to his game; he was cut to five. Jordan Burdall playing off plus one had the lowest gross of the day, a sixty nine nett seventy.


Jordan makes plus one ahead of schedule!

Jordan BurdallCounty player and long time Greetham Valley member Jordan Burdall managed to achieve his target of scratch by October last year; his target this year was to get to plus one by the end of 2013. By winning the June Midweek Stableford competition in some style, Jordan has already achieved that goal.

He got off to a bad start in the competition by getting a bogie on the first hole – but bounced back immediately with an eagle on the par five second, this was followed by seven straight pars to put him at one under for the front nine. After par-ing the par three tenth he birdied the eleventh and followed that up with a par on the twelfth.

The thirteenth is a difficult par five for the average golfer but Jordan made it seem easy by reaching the green in two for another birdie. He parred the par three fourteenth and pummelled the next two par fives into submission by getting on in two and birdying both, this meant that he had played the four par fives in five under. A further birdie followed on the par four seventeenth but he finished as he started with an annoying bogie on the eighteenth to give him a score of forty one points. 

Jordan said that he was really annoyed with the two small lapses in concentration that cost him two points, but at least he knows what he needs to concentrate his practice on in the next few weeks! When asked where the improvement in his game had come from Jordan said “I work full time at Greetham Valley and that means that I can practise before work and sometimes after it”. He went on to say that a new fitted Nike driver has given him an extra twenty five yards off the tee and being able to use the par three Academy course to practice his short game was a fantastic bonus. His next target is to win the 0-18 Club Championships in a couple of weeks’ time, with a longer term aim of getting to plus two.

Jordan didn’t have it all his own way in the competition however: Graham Stenson also came in with forty one points but was pushed back into second place on count back and was cut to fourteen. Ben Easson was third with forty points and Paul Downs who won the nineteen to twenty eight championships a couple of weeks ago is still pushing hard to get his handicap down, he was fourth with thirty nine points and was cut to sixteen point eight.

Seniors’ member Stan Holden who passed away a few years ago while playing golf at North Shore in Skegness is remembered fondly by his many friends at Greetham Valley. Old friends and new members joined to make up a big field to compete for the trophy sponsored by his widow Pam. 

The competition was played off yellow tees which had been pushed back as far as they could be on the Lakes course and was played in two divisions. In division two Peter Wood took the win on count back with thirty eight points and was cut to twenty. An in form Frank Maguire, who won the Seniors Medal just a couple of weeks ago, was pushed back into second place and was cut to twenty two. Third and fourth were also settled on count back as both players came home with thirty seven points. Stuart Dodd took third and was cut to nineteen, Chris Dawson was fourth but saw his handicap go down to twenty six.

The winner of the trophy came from division one but it was a very close thing and was settled on count back. Ken Moore off seventeen had a great game and came in with thirty nine points to take the win thanks to a better final three holes. Ken said that he was extremely pleased with the win as just about everybody in the seniors section wanted to win the trophy; he will look forward to prize night in November when Pam Holden will be invited to present it. 

A good friend of Stan’s, Robert Birch, was gutted to lose out on count back: the fourteen handicapper, who had been playing well, bogied the final three holes to put himself out of contention. Eight handicapper Ken Porter and John Taylor off fifteen both came in with thirty seven points and also went to count back., Ken took third and John was fourth.

Greetham Valley’s First Team travelled to Tydd St Giles keen to reverse their opening fixture defeat at home. Jordan Burdall and Chris Steele had a tough match but eventually secured the first point with a two and one win. Andrew Frisby and Fraser Denholm increased Greetham’s lead, winning three and one. Father and son Paul and Adam Clegg couldn’t match ex tour pro Kevin Goode, they finished three and two down. Second team Captain Alan Bennett and Pete Dickinson, both having their first outing for the First Team, managed to secure an advantage for Greetham Valley with a three and two win. This was quickly followed by a sound performance from Club Captain Trevor Smith and former Captain Bob Green seeing off another home pairing for a four and two victory to secure all the points for Greetham. The final pairing of George Grant and Scotty Stephenson suffered a heavy defeat of six and five but it was academic as Greetham Valley had secured maximum points yet again to strengthen their league position. 

Team Captain NeiI Harris was unable to be with the team this week but said that the performances, yet again, by the whole team was very rewarding. With only three matches remaining they need to keep their focus. They entertain Blankney in two weeks time, a strong team who will no doubt be seeking revenge after being heavily defeated at home. 

Gillian Upton had a great game in the Ladies’ June Midweek Stableford played on the Lakes course. She came in to take the win with an impressive thirty eight points and was cut to twenty six. County player Emma Tipping off two was second with thirty five points and Sally Bowker off thirteen was third, she came in with  thirty three points.

 The Mixed Team are on a roll at the moment, they thrashed Kibworth at home by six games to nil in a greensomes format. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman who is running the team this year said that they are in good form and look forward to welcoming Thorney Lakes to Greetham Valley in a couple of weeks’ time.


Alex wins competition with pride and nett 63!

Alex CarterHowling winds with gusts of fifty plus miles an hour and rain forecast for the whole of Rutland – perfect weather for golf? That was what greeted the competitors playing for the London Pride Gold Medal. The competition in two divisions was notable for some really good scores and some real stinkers. The best score of the day came from Alex Carter, playing off twelve in division one who not only ripped the course apart to win the competition but took the lowest gross to round it off.

Alex got off to a good start with two pars, he then dropped a shot on the third but bounced back immediately with a birdie on the next to bring him back to level par. After three more pars he dropped a shot on the eighth but again managed to get it back with a birdie on the ninth, level par for the front nine, so far so good. However, he dropped three shots in the next three holes which considering the weather on the day, is understandable. Alex regrouped and shot six straight pars to finish with a gross seventy five, just three over par, this gave him a nett sixty three. To put it into perspective, the nearest competitor to him had a nett seventy. It seemed that on the day, everybody but Alex found the conditions very challenging. He said that he felt good before playing and that feeling stayed with him for the whole day. He was slightly annoyed about the dropped shots at the start of the back nine but he said that he was proud with the way that he dealt with it. Alex was cut to ten and will now look forward to the two day 0-18 Club championships in July. Dave Copley off thirteen took second place with a nett seventy and was cut to twelve. Paul Jenkinson off ten was third, just one shot behind and was cut to nine.

Alex will have to wait to see if he has qualified for the London Pride Gold Medal Final which is played for at Woodhall Spa. Only two competitors from each county in England will qualify for what is a great prize for club handicap golfers – the chance to play two rounds on one of the finest golf courses in the UK, all expenses paid including hotel accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a drinks reception. The final will be played over 36 holes on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th August in a stableford format. A total of 84 players will qualify for it.

Mark Mousley off fourteen took the win in division two and the lowest gross with a splendid eighty four, he was cut to thirteen. Greetham Valley’s handicap secretary Bernard Bell off sixteen, took second place on count back with a nett seventy two and was cut to fifteen. Peter Keast was pushed into third and was cut to nineteen.

The weather was dry but cloudy for the 56 competitors playing in the Ladies’ Open on the Lakes course at Greetham Valley. The competition was a team of four with the best two scores to count off three quarter handicap. The team of Yvonne Wanby, Lora Law, Jill Edmond and Olive Green from Luffenham Heath were the eventual winners with seventy six points. Second place on count back went to  Angela Wheeler and Liz Darrell from Greetham Valley, Yvonne Gilman from Luffenham Heath and Sandra Juggins from Peterborough Milton, they were two points behind on seventy four. Kay Ropson, Helen Pru  and Kate Graves from Sleaford and Liz Taylor from Greetham Valley lost out on the count back and were awarded third place. Sue Parker from Sleaford won nearest the pin on the par three fourteenth, overall a very good day out for the visitors. Greetham Valley members are proud of their courses and the quality of the greens staff led by Adi Porter, they were pleased to hear so many positive comments from visitors on the day with particular praise reserved for the quality of the greens.

John Taylor playing off sixteen won division one of the Seniors June Medal, John had a gross eighty four and was cut to fifteen. The best gross of the day and second place went to ten handicapper Ken Stewart with a great eighty. Brian Parker and Howard Miller both scored a nett seventy one but Brian took third on count back.

Peter Palmer won division two on count back from Ian Kellam. Both players scored a nett sixty eight but Ian had the small consolation of winning the lowest gross. Peter Wood was third with a nett seventy two.

Seniors’ Captain Rod Wells and his team are having a very successful year but had one of their few losses when playing against Rutland Water away, however, they bounced back only a few days later with a four to two win away at Humberstone Heights. Rod and his team haven’t lost many games away this year.

The Ladies are also doing very well: despite wind, rain and lightning, the league team won away at Blankney by two and a half to one and a half. In the match at home to Scraptoft, the Greetham Valley team won four nil.

In the inaugural Mixed Team match against Belton Woods played on the Lakes course, the Greetham Valley team led by Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman had a great win, four and a half to one and a half. The Belton Woods team said they had a great day out and hope that this can be a regular fixture both home and away.


Steve wins hotly contested June Medal

Steve BurgonThe June Medal was played off white tees on the Lakes course, the weather had changed from sunny to overcast but at least it was dry. Steve Burgon, off sixteen and playing in division two, had an absolutely fantastic game, he came off the 16th green having dropped just eight shots, only to have a nightmare finish. Steve had a treble bogie on the 17th after hitting his drive out of bounds, he then went on to shoot a double on the 18th. He said that a small lapse in concentration was all it took to throw away five shots in two holes. However, and much to his surprise, his nett sixty nine was still enough to win the medal and see him cut to fourteen. Steve said that he could have kicked himself for the silly errors that cost him a fantastic round and a possible cut to twelve; having said that, he was very pleased that the hard work that he put in for most of his round was rewarded. Steve shared the lowest gross with second placed David Holmes and Iain Bain who took third, they all scored an eighty five gross.

Neil Ross won division one with a nett seventy one, the three places behind him were settled on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy two. Dave Pusch took second, Dave Copley was third and Steve Anderson was pushed back into fourth. Nick Cunnington and Ben Gasson shared the lowest gross after shooting a gross seventy eight. Jack Chisholm won division three with a nett seventy, Andrew Cooley was only one shot behind in second place, he also won the lowest gross. Two players were split on count back after both shot a nett seventy two, Adrian Cunningham took third and Mark Musgrove was pushed into fourth place.

The First Team travelled to Sutton Bridge on Saturday hoping to retain the top position in the league but, with a player ill and insufficient time to arrange a replacement, the task suddenly became more difficult. Captain Neil Harris had a difficult choice to make – who to send out alone against a home pairing. Neil decided that it would be unfair to ask anybody else so he did it. Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson battled all the way to the 18th for a well deserved half. Chris Steele and Scotty Stephenson cruised home with a six and four win. The father and son pairing of Paul and Adam Clegg followed suit with a solid five and four victory to place Greetham Valley in a good position to take all the league points. However the home side fought back and despite an heroic effort from Fraser Denholm and Bob Green they were unlucky to finish one down in the end. Greetham Valley needed one win from either of the last two games still out on the course and with the final pairing of George Grant and Ally McNaughton struggling to overcome the home pairing the pressure was mounting. George and Ally finally lost out, finishing four and two down.

It now all depended upon Neil Harris in the final game on the course. Having trailed early in his match, Neil managed to hold a slender lead at the turn, only to see it reversed after twelve holes. However wins for Neil on the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth provided a one hole lead which was maintained for the remaining holes resulting in an epic three and a half to two and a half victory for the Greetham Valley team.

Neil said “Arriving with a man down just made the task that little bit harder, but the whole team just rolled their sleeves up and battled hard to the very end for a truly solid team performance. The spirit in the team is good but we cannot relax with difficult fixtures both home and away ahead of us.” Their next game is away at Tydd St. Giles on the 22nd of this month.

Tyrone Moreno-Melgar won the June Midweek Medal which was played on the par sixty eight Valley course. Tyrone off fifteen came home with a fantastic nett sixty two and was cut to thirteen. Three players finished with a nett sixty four, twenty two handicapper Simon Bell was second and was cut to twenty. Four handicapper and first team regular Andrew Frisby took third. Paul Downs who won the 19-28 Championship last week was fourth and saw his handicap cut to eighteen. This means that Paul is now eligible for the two day 0-18 Championship next month.

The Ladies’ June Medal was played on the Lakes course on Sunday and was won by Gilly Grant. Gilly, playing off ten, shot a gross eighty four to take the win and the lowest gross. Helen Woolley was second with a nett eighty and Sue Brand was just one shot behind in third.

Greetham Valley’s Second Team played against Toft at home on Saturday. They won the first three games and needed just a half to take full points, however, the remaining three Toft pairs fought back and the result was a halved match. Team Captain Alan Bennett said that it was a small set back but they are still in a good position to gain promotion and possibly win the league.


Paul celebrates return to golf with fine Championship win

Paul DownsGood weather greeted the competitors in the 19-28 Handicap Club Championship at Greetham Valley a few days ago. This is a one day competition played on the Lakes course and was won last year by James Ablett who won both the nett and the gross trophies. He was in it again this year and was playing well up to the fifteenth; James thought that he was in with a chance of defending his crown until a very unwelcome eight on the par five sixteenth. James steadied the ship with a par on the next hole but had a disaster on the final hole when a nine on the tough par four eighteenth took him right out of contention, he finished third with a gross ninety eight. Bill Skinner finished in second place two shots better with a ninety six gross.

The winner, Paul Downs, did very well to keep his focus and despite the odd wayward shot stormed to the win with the lowest gross of the day, ninety two, he also won the nett competition. This was a remarkable win considering that Paul, who was a member at Burghley Park for three years, stopped playing golf some eight years ago to concentrate on playing football. With the birth of his first child being quickly followed by a second, Paul couldn’t find time to play football, golf and be a Dad, so golf went out of the window. Paul played football with Stamford Bels and also had a year as first team Manager, he said that he had really enjoyed his football but at the age of thirty eight and the bones creaking a little, golf suddenly seemed a better option.

After his eight year sabbatical Paul returned to golf in April of this year and has already got two trophies and his name on the honours board. He said that he was really pleased with the way that he kept his concentration levels high dropping only nine shots in the first thirteen holes but thought that he had blown it with double bogies on the final two holes. However, gross ninety two was more than good enough to win it. Paul will be entering as many qualifiers as he can in an effort to get his handicap down this year and, who knows, he may even get it down in time for the two day 0-18 Club Championship on the 13th July!

The Seniors under the Captaincy of Rod Wells are having a very successful year; in the recent match away at Whetstone, they had a terrific half and almost won it. The team were four three up with the result dependent upon the last match out, the Whetstone players managed to sink a tough putt on the final hole to snatch a win one up. A few days later Rod and his team welcomed The Leicestershire to Greetham Valley and beat them in wet conditions four and two. Rod said that he has no problem finding players for matches and everybody tries their very best, they have won more games this year than they have halved or lost.

The Seniors May Stableford qualifier was played in very windy conditions, hence the lowness of the scores. Eight handicapper Ken Porter won division one with thirty four points. The next four places were settled on count back as they all came in with thirty three points. John Taylor was awarded second and John Dowding third. David Wallace and Ken Stewart were pushed back into fourth and fifth places respectively. Charles Guttridge playing off twenty won division two with thirty five points. Dennis Cleggett took second with thirty four and twenty two handicapper John Morfee was third with thirty two.

Greetham Valley played host to Burghley Park in the Ladies League match on Saturday. Burghley were already at a disadvantage as they couldn’t field a full team, this meant that Greetham Valley started the match already one game up. The match was played on the Lakes course in warm conditions with very little in the way of wind. The team led by Jackie Friend won three and one, they now look forward to their next league match away to Blankney on the 13th June.

Peter De Kremer, playing in the last group off in the Jubilee Trophy on Monday just pipped the long time club house leader Jack Vernall to the win. Peter playing off seven got off to a bad start with a double bogie on the first but went on to make four birdies and six pars to finish up with thirty eight points beating Jack by one point. Fourteen handicapper Robert Gray was third with thirty five points.


First Team win, Ladies’ Invitation & Pat Holloway Trophy

High flying Burghley Park Golf Club visited Greetham Valley on Saturday, keen to extend the good form they have shown so far this season. With many of Greetham Valley’s First Team away or unavailable, the visitors could sense a victory was on the cards. However, after inflicting a whitewash upon Gedney Hill last time out, Captain Neil Harris had assembled a side determined to prove their worth. Chris Steele and debutant Steve Anderson battled hard to finish two up, this was quickly followed by an emphatic six and five win for Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson. Another epic tussle saw George Grant and second debutant Ben Easson finish all square after a tense final hole. Simon Bateman and yet another debutant Peter De Kremer failed to overpower the visitors and were defeated four and three. However, Captain Neil Harris and final debutant Tony Veasey reversed the previous score with a four and three win. With the league points already secured the final game with Fraser Denholm and Dean Greetham became academic and although they were all square through sixteen, the visitors managed to finish one up on the last hole. The result was a brilliant three and a half to two and a half win for the Greetham Valley  team.

Neil said “It was an important game for us and with so many regular players missing, we had to battle very hard. The core of the team were well supported by many new players making their first appearance for the First Team. I couldn’t have asked for any more from each and every one of them. A fantastic performance which we must use and build on for the remainder of the season, and with two away fixtures to follow, we will have to work hard for every point if we want to improve our league position.”

The Ladies’ Invitation this year was not blessed with the good weather normally associated with the middle of May. Instead of shorts and short sleeve shirts, hats, waterproofs and plenty of warm clothing underneath was the order of the day in an attempt to keep the very cold wind and rain at bay. As a consequence, the scoring was lower than it would normally be. The field consisted of forty four Ladies from twenty different golf clubs; this included three former Lady members who had moved to other clubs over the years. Rena Lister and one of these returnees, Sarah Whitworth came third with thirty one points. Pat Jamieson and another former member Kay Ropson, who was a very successful member of the Ladies’ Greetham Valley League team last year, came second with thirty five points. The winners were Jackie Friend and yet another former Greetham Valley Lady, Sheila Dugmore, they came in with a very credible score of thirty nine points.

A glass of Pimms was scheduled to be waiting for each competitor at the end of their round, however, Lady Captain Sheila Douty quickly changed that to a hot mulled wine to warm them up. It is the norm for competitors to comment favourably upon the courses at Greetham Valley but they all had extra praise for the quality of the greens set up by course manager Adi Porter and his team. Sheila Douty had another reason to thank Adi, she had forgotten to ask him to paint a line on the eleventh for the straightest drive but after a hasty call to Adi at ten thirty the night before, the line was in place by the time Sheila arrived to set up for the competition.

Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman didn’t take long to settle in after her recent holiday, she took the win in the Pat Holloway Trophy with a score of thirty six points and was cut to eleven. Second, on count back, was County player Emma Tipping who came in with thirty three points. Sue Clegg was pushed back into third but was very happy to be in the top three as she has only been playing for a short while.


A run of victories in competitions and team matches

Ford dealers Colin Easson Motors in Cottesmore near Oakham are Greetham Valley’s longest running sponsor and have been sponsoring a trophy competition right from the birth of the club. The support for the club was started by the firm’s patriarch Colin Easson and has been carried on by his son Roly and family for the past few years. Greetham Valley Managing Director Robert Hinch said “We are proud to have been associated with such a strong and prestigious local company for the past twenty one years”. Colin has been taken ill recently and everybody at the club sends their good wishes for a speedy recovery.

In the Men’s competition for the Colin Easson Trophy, Adam Smith overcame the cold and extremely high winds, with gusts of up to sixty miles an hour, to take the win with a gutsy thirty eight points on the Lakes course. Adam, off twenty three, said that it was a very tough game but he was overjoyed if somewhat surprised to have won it, even with the conditions he didn’t think that his score would stand up. The next target for Adam is the 19-28 Handicap Championship this weekend, last year’s winner James Ablett, a close friend of Adam’s, will no doubt be trying hard to win it again.

Second and third were settled on count back after four people came in with thirty seven points. Nine handicapper Dean Wilkinson took second place, Fraser Denholm off six was third. Peter Key and Kevin Daff were pushed back into fourth and fifth respectively.

The Second Team were in action at home against a strong team from Boston Golf Club on the Lakes course. Simon Bateman and Pete Dickinson took the first game by five and four, Team Captain Alan Bennett and Stef Dutton also won the second game out one up. Neil Crees and Peter De Kremer won the third game by two and one which meant that the Greetham Valley team needed just a half from the remaining three games to register a win. In the fourth game George Grant and Ben Easson lost three and two but the remaining two pairs, Tony Mould and Paul Jenkinson, who won four and three and Steve Anderson and Carl Causbrook, who won one up gave the home team a great five games to one win. Alan Bennett said that the team worked very hard for each other and gave them a good base to work from for the rest of the season.

Men’s Captain Trevor Smith had to work hard to win the Midweek Stableford on the Lakes course. The top three all came in with the same score of thirty six points and were separated on count back. Trevor took the win, four handicapper Nick Cunnington was second and scratch player Jordan Burdall was third.

Trevor Smith was the star of the show again just a few days later in the May Weekend Medal. Playing off two in division one, he shot a gross seventy to win the medal and the lowest gross. Trevor said that he was very pleased with the way that he played and was over the moon to be cut to one. Six handicapper Chris Steele was cut to five after taking second place with a gross seventy seven.

Three players came in with a net score of seventy two and were separated on count back. Nine handicapper Steve Anderson took third from Peter Ryan off thirteen and Elliot Clark off twelve was pushed back into fifth.

In division two Dave Smith off twenty was cut to nineteen after winning the division with a net seventy one. Ken Mason was second with a seventy two, he was cut to twenty two while Steve Sharples who won the lowest gross lost out on count back and was placed third.

In the Ladies Medal, scratch player Sophie Beardsall was once again the class of the field taking the medal and the lowest gross with a sparkling seventy four. Twenty seven handicapper Fay Taylor took second place with a net seventy six and Amanda Cassie was third with a seventy seven.

The B Team were in action away to Burghley Park at the weekend led by Men’s Vice Captain Shaun Denholm. After the first six games Burghley Park had the upper hand having won four games and a half to Greetham Valley’s one and a half. Burghley looked good for the win needing just one of the final four games to go their way. Alan Bennett and Mike Watkins won the next game for Greetham Valley three and two to put that thought on hold. Fred Aspin and David Aldred were the next pairing in for Greetham, they won three and one. Wayne Terrett and Keith Heppenstall won their game four and three; this meant that the overall match was level at four and a half games each.

It all now depended upon the last game out on the course which two former Captains, Jim Wheeler and Geoff Woolley won one up to give the Greetham Valley team a fantastic victory after a great fight back. Team Captain Shaun said that waiting for the results to come in was almost as hard as actually playing the game. He went on to praise the spirit of his team and thanked them for a great result.

On the same day, the Mixed Team led by Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman struggled to find a team to play Melton Mowbray at home as ten pairs were at Burghley Park in the B team match and six pairs were playing for the first team. Bev needed eight pairs, she was helped out by Captain Trevor Smith who called up a few players who were new to mixed team golf to help out. They won the match with a comfortable four and a half to three and a half. Bev said that the new players had enjoyed the game so much that they said they would be very happy to help out again.

The First Team were also at home this weekend, they entertained Gedney Hill and were keen to avenge the defeat experienced when they played them away just last week. Jordan Burdall and Chris Steele set the team on their way with a comfortable four and three win,  Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson followed suit with a hard fought two and one win.

Fraser Denholm and Richard Wilson soon took the team to the half way mark by demolishing their opposition seven and five. Greetham Valley needed just the half to complete the win but the team were in no mood to let up the pressure. Adam Clegg and Ray Gladwinfield continued the team’s good form with a four and two victory to win the match but there was more to come. Trevor Smith and Bob Green won their game four and three, Paul Clegg and Scotty Stephenson also won by the same score to complete a fantastic clean sweep.

 Greetham Valley Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty say that they have only four places left for the Bank Holiday competition, sign up on the board or be disappointed!!