The Limestone Trophy is a medal competition played off white tees for players with a handicap of 0 – 18. Rutland was sweltering under very humid and sticky weather conditions when Andy Queen got off to a bit of a nightmare start by bogeying the first three holes on the Lakes course. Ten handicapper Andy had enough confidence in his golf abilities to be able to put it all behind him and start again on the 4th. He parred eight of the next ten holes and birdied the other two to put himself on just one over. After a visit to the pond on the par three 14th resulted in a double bogie it was time to regroup again. Two birdies followed on the next two tough par five holes and a par on hole 17 were enough to get him back to one over. A slight miscalculation cost him dearly on the 18th when he dropped another shot. Andy finished two over gross and won the competition with a net 64. He said that the silly mistakes on the 14th and 18th were regrettable but if anybody had offered him a score of two over at the start of the game he would have snapped their hands off. Andy was cut to 9.
Gary Graham, playing off 15, took second place with a hard fought net 66 and was cut to 14. Five handicapper Ryan Tarrant was in the bridesmaid spot for the second week running, after being pushed back to third on count back last week, he finished in the same place, again on count back, with a fantastic 71, net 66. He took the lowest gross and was cut to 4.
Greetham Valley’s ladies lined up to compete for the Gill Christie Trophy on the Lakes course inbetween the men’s competition. The wind had started to gust a little to add to the hot and sticky conditions. Former Ladies’ President Beryl Crosland off 17 came in with terrific net 73 to win the trophy on count back. She was 9 over for the front nine but got her round going again on the back nine. An error on the par four 18th cost her a triple bogie and this meant that it would have to go to count back. Beryl took the win courtesy of a better back nine. Lesley Young off 19 is improving week on week and had yet another strong showing. Lesley lost out on count back but she was otherwise very pleased with the way that she played and planned her way around the course; she is still on target to get her handicap down to 18 by the end of the year. Ladies’ Captain Eileen Pare was third with a net 74.