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 Putter. Dave 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 competitions, Nick 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.
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
1st Liz Haughton 2nd Heather Morgan 3rd Pat Jamieson
1st Kevin Hingle 2nd Chris Howe 3rd Gordon Barbour
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
CLARKE SHIELD (NETT CHAMPION)
CHRIS HERRIDGE TROPHY (JUNIOR CHAMPION)
BUD RICHARDSON TROPHY (JUNIOR KNOCKOUT)
JUNIOR ACADEMY COMPETITION (par 3 course)
Joint winners: Scott Atton and Winston Childs
JUNIORS V LADIES (par 3 course)
JUNIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Presented by Neil Curtis
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)
November 2013 Jack Vernal
December 2013 Malcolm Barnes
January 2014 Neil Lowndes
February Neil Lowndes
March Gordon Wiles
April Ken Stewart
May Keith Heppenstall
June David Aldred
July Nick Lawson
August Phil Harris
September Bernard Bell
Gents Jon Rookledge
Ladies Hayley Hunt
PAT HOLLOWAY TROPHY
GENTS’ WINTER LEAGUE
Peter Dickinson/Peter Smith
NEIL WHITTER TROPHY (SENIORS)
LADY LANDOVER TROPHY
TUDOR SPRING FOURSOMES
David Aldred and Peter Wood
BOB FORD PAST CAPTAINS’ CUP
BARBARA FORD PAST CAPTAINS’ TROPHY
MOORE STEPHENS TROPHY
Gents Peter Ryan
Ladies Gilly Grant
LADIES’ GREENSOMES TROPHY
Presented by Liz Bond
Liz Haughton/Fay Taylor
CHRIS SOUTHWELL MEMORIAL SALVER
STURGESS VOLVO TROPHY
SENIOR GOLFER OF THE YEAR
LADIES’ BUNNY CUP
Presented by Gilly Grant
EASSON CUP (19-28 h/c Nett Club Champion)
HINCH CUP (19-28 Gross Champion)
PRESIDENT’S CHARITY DAY TROPHY (GENTS)
Presented by John Sparks
MEADOWS WORLD TRAVEL CHARITY TROPHY (LADIES)
GREETHAM CUP LADIES’ DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Jackie Friend/Hayley Hunt
SENIORS’ DOUBLES KNOCKOUT
Tim Nixon and Mike Guy
DICKINSON TROPHY MIXED KNOCKOUT
Jim and Angela Wheeler
HODGKINSON CUP LADIES’ SINGLES KNOCKOUT
DRYDEN SALVER 36 HOLE BEST NETT (LADIES)
GILL CHRISTIE MEMORIAL TROPHY
CUNNINGHAM CUP (CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP) (BEST NETT)
MARTINS MIXED FOURSOMES
Ryan and Gill Tarrant
STIMSON CUP (FAMILY KNOCKOUT)
Ryan and Gill Tarrant
RUTLAND SHIELD GENTS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
BRIAN HOCKEY TROPHY SENIORS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
Presented by Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh
MIKE CHURCHILL TROPHY SENIORS SINGLES KNOCKOUT
BEGY TROPHY (GENTS’ PAIRS KNOCKOUT)
Ian Bain and Dave Morgan
WAYCOT BOWL (LADIES’ CLUB CHAMPION)
PRESIDENT’S PUTTER (CLUB CHAMPION)
Presented by John Sparks
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)
SENIORS’ STAN HOLDEN TROPHY & WINTER LEAGUE
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.
Posted by Sharon Walpole, HR Manager on November 7, 2014
Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre currently has a job vacancy for a full time Head Housekeeper to lead a busy, established team.
The successful applicant will be responsible for the highest cleanliness standards, to include 35 bedrooms, 8 holiday lodges, cottage, all function and dining facilities and public areas.
Applicants will possess the following qualities:
Exceptional cleanliness standards
High Attention to detail
Ability to motivate and lead a team
Planning and organisational skills
Preparation and delivery of annual budgets
Previous experience in a similar role is required; working patterns will be flexible to include evenings and weekends. Interested applicants should apply in writing with full CV to:
Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN
firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 01780 460444
Closing date 8th December 2014
Posted by Dee Hinch, Business & Marketing Director on October 14, 2014
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.
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.
Bob 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.