Rutland Junior Open 2015

Ellie Haughton and Kay Batley of Savvi TravelRutland Junior Open – sponsored by Savvi Travel

Ellie doubles up on Theme Park win

Fifteen year old Ellie Haughton won the 2015 Rutland Junior Open with a magnificent gross 71 to take first prize of a family day out at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

Playing off a handicap of 11, Ellie’s nett 60 also took first place for the nett prize; originally the same prize, Open sponsor Oakham based Savvi Travel kindly offered to swap this prize for another Theme Park of Ellie’s choice.

The Rutland Junior Open, hosted at Greetham Valley on Wednesday 5th August, witnessed a superb display of golf from a strong field of talented junior golfers. Prizes were offered for the top three in both the gross and nett competitions as well as nearest the pin prizes.

Gross Winners
1st        Ellie Haughton (Greetham Valley) 71
2nd     Sanjay Nithiyalingham (Burghley Park) 75
3rd      Joe Carr (Burghley Park) 77

Nett Winners
1st       Ellie Haughton (GV) 60
2nd     Joe Carr (BP) 61
3rd     Tom Haynes (GV) 63

Nearest the Pin winners
3rd          Ellie Haughton (Greetham Valley)
8th          Luc Affleck (Greetham Valley)
13th        Ben Templeman (Thorney Lakes)
16th        Tom Mowforth (Burghley Park)

Savvi-Travel-worldwide-logoKay Batley of Savvi Travel was present, with Greetham Valley Junior Organisers Liz and Darren Haughton, to hand out the prizes. The event was a great success, benefitting from the superb presentation of The Valley course by the greens staff and the excellent array of prizes. Juniors interested in participating in the event next year should contact Liz or Darren to register their interest now.


Greetham Valley’s Autumn Wedding Fair

sunset weddingGreetham Valley is delighted to invite all brides, grooms and excited families and friends to our Autumn Wedding Fair which this year falls on Sunday 27th September and will be open from 10am to 3pm. Everyone is welcome and admission is free!

We are looking forward to seeing the return of many of our most popular exhibitors, along with a good mix of new suppliers who have discovered Greetham Valley. Packed with a variety of stands specialising in just about everything wedding cupcakesyou will need for your wedding, we receive compliments from many brides and grooms, saying it’s the best Wedding Fair they’ve been too and they especially like how they can visit all the stands then mull over the ones that were of particular interest with a complimentary tea or coffee before revisiting them with any questions they have!

Our aim is to make it as easy as possible for all our couples to find what they want for their wedding. If you are still in the process of choosing a venue this is a great opportunity to see and speak with us as well as all our suppliers and to get a feel for how we work. See for yourself why we are one of the most popular wedding venues in Rutland!

Our link to wedding couple 1Normanton Church on Rutland Water for a civil ceremony followed by a wedding reception at Greetham Valley has proved a superb combination, although many brides still choose to have their civil ceremony on-site here at Greetham Valley. Church ceremonies are also gaining momentum again, after a few years of civil weddings being very popular. Even if you have decided on an alternative venue for your reception, you are still most welcome to come and take a look around!

wedding fairWhy not make a day of it? Whether it is just the bride and groom, or if you are bringing the entire bridal party with you, why not take advantage of our fantastic Sunday Carvery served in our Lounge Bar and Restaurant from noon to 3pm. Table booking is advised and often essential, call us on 01780 460444.

We look forward to seeing you in September! Really can’t wait? We are delighted to offer personal show rounds to view our lovely wedding venue – do please call Mitch our Wedding Co-ordinator on 01780 460444 to make an appointment or email mitch.bardwell@greethamvalley.co.uk.


Swinging Sixties Night!

60sA note for your diary!! Swing back in time to the 1960’s for an evening of fab music and scrumptious food at Greetham Valley on Saturday 7th November!

More details to follow.


Christmas Party Nights at Greetham Valley

Bring your party to ours on a fabulous Christmas Party Night this December!

Choose from the following eight December dates, all with live music, disco, and a delicious three course Christmas carvery, at just £35 per person.

XmasChristmas Party Night accommodation £65 B&B per room.

Click here to download our full festive brochure then contact Mitch on 01780 460444 or email mitch.bardwell@greethamvalley.co.uk to book your party night!


New Year’s Eve Celebration at Greetham Valley

New Year's Eve imageJoin us at Greetham Valley for a fabulous New Year’s Eve Celebration! Tickets are just £60pp and are already going fast for our ever-popular New Year’s Eve party – don’t miss out this year!
Itinerary:
Arrival and sparkling wine: 7pm
Dinner: 7.30pm
Bar: 7pm ’til 1am
Disco: ’til 1.30am
Carriages: 1.30am
Entertainment: JH Roadshow Disco | Table entertainment

Click here for our superb four course gala dinner menu – then reserve your tickets now with Mitch on 01780 460444 or email mitch.bardwell@greethamvalley.co.uk.

Click here to download a pdf of our Christmas 2015 and New Year brochure


Job vacancies at Greetham Valley August 2015

jobs availableCHEF DE PARTIE
We currently have a vacancy for a Chef de Partie. Overall responsibility will be to work as part of a highly successful team, ensuring a high quality of product and service at all times. Reporting to the Head Chef, with a proven track record in the catering industry.

  • Quality product standards
  • Dedicated
  • Reliable
  • Team Player
  • Flexible working hours
  • Creative

You will work 5 days in 7 and a minimum of 40 hours per week, although hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

Interested applicants should apply in writing by 7th August 2015 to:
Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley,Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN
Tel 01780 460444    sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk

 

 

NIGHT PORTER
We currently have a vacancy for a Night Porter, working a minimum of 24 hours per week, subject to rostering arrangements and the needs of the business. This is an interesting position, with a varied range of duties. The successful candidate will:

  • ensure all areas throughout the building are tidy and maintained in good working order, ready for the day’s activities
  • provide support to the Food and Beverage team for clear up when functions run into late evening or through to the early hours
  • service function rooms and rest rooms
  • set up tables and chairs for next day functions as required
  • set up for breakfast as required
  • provide after hours service to residents as be required
  • patrol the hotel, lounge bar and grounds to assist with security
  • report any serious incidents or serious security risks immediately to the local police for action
  • provide residents’ check in and check out services as required
  • report any maintenance issues for action
  • work on other duties through the night as may be reasonably requested to meet the needs of the business
  • jobs availableInterested applicants should apply in writing by 17 July 2015 to:
    Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley,Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN
    Tel 01780 460444    sharon@greethamvalley.co.uk

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.


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.