Peter’s new irons help win Seniors stableford qualifier

The Valley course was the venue for the Seniors’ Stableford qualifier this week; warm sunshine with a slight breeze blessed Rutland and came as a pleasant surprise to players who have got used to the wet and windy conditions that seem to have been the norm this year. In division one, Peter Giblett, who has had an excellent five or six weeks in seniors’ competitions, took full advantage of the balmy weather to win both division one and the overall competition. After parring the first, Peter dropped a shot on the second hole but got it straight back when he birdied the third; this was followed by a par on the next and a good round seemed to be in prospect when a couple of silly mistakes caused him to blob the fifth. After a little regroup, Peter went on to drop only one more shot in the next nine holes which included two more birdies. The weather turned very muggy as the breeze disappeared, tiredness led to a drop in concentration and three bogies followed one after the other. Peter managed to birdie the par three eighteenth to give himself a chance with forty points. As it turned out, the birdie on the last was to be very important, as another player also came in with forty points; however, Peter took the win on count back. 

Peter, who hails from Melton Mowbray, has had a fantastic few weeks and has seen his handicap come down from 13.4 to 9.8. He said that a new set of irons have given him the confidence to go for his shots more and because of that, everything else just seems to fall into place. Peter said that he is now only point four away from being a single handicap golfer at the ripe old age of sixty something and will have a chance to get down to single figures when the Seniors’ medal is held on the17th of this month. 

Robert Gray was second on count back, whilst third, fourth, fifth and sixth all came in with thirty eight points. Keith Heppenstall took third on count back from Steve Taylor, David Wallace and Les Dickinson.

In Division two, Dick Thirlwell was the long time clubhouse leader with thirty nine points, only to be relegated to second on count back by Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce who had a better back nine. David Vale was third on count back from Trevor Davies with thirty eight points.

Rutland weather hits Greetham Valley competitors

Heavy rainfall, thunder and lightning conspired to stop almost half of the entrants in the Sturgess Volvo Trophy from finishing their rounds. Over fifty people, mainly the early starters, managed to finish before the worst of the weather hit. As a consequence of that, Club Secretary Dennis Millington said that it would be unfair to everybody if the result were to stand as almost as many again didn’t finish. The competition was changed to an extra August medal to reward the competitors who did manage to finish. 

Steve Roche, playing off 17, was first with a net 65 and was cut to 15. Kevin Hingle was cut to 11 after coming in second with a net 66, beating Steve Wilcockson on count back, Steve was cut to 13 from 15. The Sturgess Volvo Trophy will now be played for on 20th October.

Former Greetham Valley Captain Neil Crees, who won the English Club Captains’ Trophy two years ago, qualified for the finals at Alwoodley near Leeds this year. The course was playing extremely tough, with the standard scratch going up by two shots on the first day and three on the second. Neil, like many of his fellow competitors, got off to a bad start by shooting 29 on the first day. 

He decided to change his plan of action on day two, left his driver in the bag and plotted his way around the course much better. However, the deficit was too great and despite a score of 36, 3 under his handicap, his combined score was only good enough for tenth place on count back. Neil said that he was disappointed with his plan on day one but was very pleased to have made the final and to have redeemed himself with the third best score on day two out of the sixty five competitors.

The Trophy was won by Leatherhead Golf Club’s Mervyn Wynyard, playing off six, who shot a 32 on day one and 42 on the second day.

South Lincolnshire Junior League finals

The South Lincolnshire Junior League finals took place at Boston Golf Club this week. Greetham Valley has beaten all of their local rivals to make it to the final along with Spalding, Tydd St Giles and Belton Woods. This is the culmination of League matches held throughout the South Lincolnshire area over the past four months.

The format is match play, with each player competing against a member from each club in their four ball. Greetham Valley’s Juniors’ Captain Ryan Tarrant was off in the first game. Accompanied by caddie Fraser Denholm, Ryan won one match but lost the other two to give Greetham Valley two points. Will Chamberlain teed off in the second match with Club Captain Jim Wheeler as his caddie. Unfortunately Will was up against very tough opposition and lost all of his matches. Sam Ewing teed off in the third match with caddie Fred Aspin; Sam won his first match by seven and six, his next by three and two and his third one up. This gave the Greetham Valley team some hope and six more valuable points to add to Ryan’s two. Bobbie Elsigood ,who had holed a fantastic putt in Greetham Valley’s final game in their league to get them to the final, was up against three very good players and didn’t win any of his games.

Greetham Valley finished a disappointing third, Tydd St Giles were fourth, Belton Woods took the runners up spot but the champions of the southern league were Spalding Golf Club with a magnificent eighteen points, having lost just three games. They will now go forward to compete against the winners of the Northern finals to decide who will be the Lincolnshire Club Champions. The Greetham Valley team, led by Juniors’ organiser Pat Jones wish Spalding all the best in the final.

Gents’ and Ladies’ August Midweek Medal results

Iain Clapperton off 13 had a great round in the Gents’ August Midweek Stableford to win the competition with 39 points. Neil Chatterton, also off 13 was second with 38 points. Another 13 handicapper, Jason Lindsay, took third place on count back from Keith Heppenstall off 18, both players scored 37 points but Jason had the better back nine.

 The ever improving Cathy Steele had a fine win in the Ladies’ August Midweek Medal this week. Cathy who is off 26, only started playing properly this year after just the occasional “dabble” with the game. She shot a gross 95, net 69 to win by one shot from 27 handicapper Gillian Upton. Cathy said that her lessons with Jim Hetherington are really paying dividends, as this is her second win in a competition this year and she has had several top three placings. Beryl Crosland took third on count back from Heather Morgan after they both shot a net 71. Ten handicapper Heather won the lowest gross prize with a brilliant 81.

Members from twenty four different golf clubs were represented in the annual Greetham Valley Seniors’ Open. Played on the Valley course off white tees, the course was set up for a tough test of the competitors’ golfing skills. The weather had changed from the 33 degree heat experienced by all of Rutland over the weekend, overcast, very muggy conditions, with several bouts of very welcome drizzle for the early starters, however, after the first three hours it soon turned into yet another hot sultry sunny day. 

Some competitors struggled with the pace of the greens and the tough pin placements but the duo of Adrian Ennett and Mike Clark from Thorpe Wood Golf Club seemed to have no problems with anything that the course could throw at them. The pair had nineteen points on the front nine which included a birdie on the tough par three 7th for Adrian, however they really got into their stride on the back nine. 

Mike seemed to come out of bunkers with almost professional ease and both players had birdies and quite a few pars. They finished with a magnificent 25 points for the back nine to give them a winning score of 44 points. Mike said that this was easily his best round of the year.

Adrian, playing off 19, said that they seemed to work very well as a team: if he was struggling, Mike came in and he repaid the compliment when Mike was a little off the pace. They said that there was no big secret to the way that they played on the day, they play together quite a lot and know each others’ game well and it helped that the Valley course is one of their favourites. The pair had an anxious two hour wait before the final competitors came in, with several trips to the scoreboard to keep up to date, but eventually they won by two points. 

Former Greetham Valley Captains Neil Harris and Bob Beverley also fitted in well together and came in with 44 points, Neil played the back nine without dropping a shot only for the pair of them to be disqualified for a mistake on the scorecard: the score on one hole had been put down to the wrong player thus making their score invalid. 

Second place went to Mike Stephens and Graham Nickerson from Peterborough Milton with 42 points. The next three places were settled on count back after five players came in with forty one points. 

Dave Smith and Martin Gee, another Thorpe Wood pairing were third, Brian Marriot and Ed Markham from Boston were fourth and David Tasker and Geoff Moyses from Spalding were fifth. The Longest Drive on the par five 12th was won by Tom Jolley from Tydd St. Giles and Roger Tacq from Ramsey won Nearest the Pin on the 18th, taking it from Greetham Valley’s Captain Jim Wheeler who had held it for most of the competition.

Mike Churchill did his usual impeccable organisation to ensure that the day went without a hitch. Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce said that he was pleased to see so many players from different clubs competing when so many other clubs seem to be struggling to attract a good field in similar events.

Seniors’ section golf at Greetham Valley in August

Neil Harris won the Seniors’ August Medal competition and the lowest gross with a splendid one over gross 73, net 67. Neil, playing off six was just one over after nine with three bogies and two birdies; he went on to shoot a level par back nine to win division one and was cut to 5. Derek Coombes was second with a net 67. Third place was settled on count back, Brian Rippin took it with a net 68 from Robert Birch and Robert Gray.

Denis Cleggett, who has been trying very hard to get his handicap cut this year, won division two with a net 67 and was rewarded with a cut to 24. Mike Hooper was second with a net 68 pushing Tony King into third on count back.

The Seniors continued their good form in inter Club matches by trouncing visitors Humberstone Heights six games to nil on the Lakes course. Greetham Valley’s Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce said that it was their best all round team performance so far this year and he was absolutely delighted with all the lads!

Jordan wins Rutland Junior Open for third year running

Greetham Valley’s Jordan Burdall has won the Rutland Junior Open for the third time in a row with a brilliant gross 71. This Daily Telegraph qualifier competition was Jordan’s toughest win: he broke the shaft on his driver after hole 2 and had to rely upon his 3-wood for the rest of the competition. Jordan didn’t get off to the best of starts with a double bogie on the 1st; he dropped a further two shots when he bogied the 8th and 9th but they were his only bad holes. He had five birdies and ten pars to take the win and see his handicap cut to point five. Junior Captain Ryan Tarrant was second with a gross 78, pushing James Rowe down to third place on count back. 

Will Farmer off 10 was another player who didn’t get off to a very good start; he hooked his first shot off the tee into the trees, bouncing off several and landing on the path between the Lakes and the Valley courses. Will just smiled and very sensibly made sure that he didn’t try anything too clever and got his ball back into play finishing the hole with a double bogie.  He redeemed himself by shooting a superb round which included seven pars and four birdies to finish with a net 67  to take the net Rutland Times Plate. Harry Nicholls was second with a net 72 and Ed Farmer was third with 73.

The Beryl Crosland Trophy for the best lady player went to County junior Harriet Hewitt off 8. Harriet shot a gross 78 and was cut to 7.

Limestone and Gill Christie Trophies played for

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.

Job vacancy at Greetham Valley Hotel in Rutland

Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre has a vacancy for a Full Time Deputy Head Housekeeper.

Reporting to the Head Housekeeper, the successful candidate will work a 5 day rostered week. Hours worked will be as required to meet the needs of the business.

You will support the Head Housekeeper in ensuring the finest attention to detail in relation to the daily cleanliness standards of the 35 bedrooms at Greetham Valley, along with the Lodges, holiday cottage, Lounge Bar, conference and function rooms and all public areas. You will be required to deputise in the absence of the Head Housekeeper.

All applications in writing please by 31st  August 2012 to: Sharon Walpole, HR Manager, Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN or

Huge field for Greetham Valley’s Captains’ Weekend

Greetham Valley’s Captains’ Weekend stableford competition was played off white tees on the Lakes course last Saturday with a great field of over a hundred and thirty in the men’s competition. Scotty Stevenson had a great round to win it, dropping only three shots on the front nine. In the back nine, he had a double bogey on the twelfth and a bogey on the fourteenth, he did however make up for them with birdies on the thirteenth and the last two holes. This gave Scotty the win with forty two points and saw him cut to seven. Paul Clegg off seven dropped only two shots to finish on forty one points for second place and earned a cut to six.

Third place wasn’t so clear cut, as four players came in with thirty eight points; Leon Wych took third on count back, Trevor Smith was fourth and was cut to one and Neil Lowndes was cut to seven and took fifth, Peter Smith was awarded sixth. Tim Rhys Williams was the best junior on the day. 

In the Ladies’ Competition, Sophie Beardsall dropped a shot on the par five second but that was the only mistake on an otherwise faultless round. It was pars all the way until she birdied the eleventh, a further par followed on the next hole then it was a birdie fest for the next four holes, a par three and two par fives. Sophie finished with two solid pars to record a score of forty one points and was rewarded with a cut to scratch. 

Emma Tipping was second with thirty nine points and was cut to 1.6. Ladies’ Vice Captain Sheila Douty was cut to fifteen after finishing third with thirty eight points.

On the Sunday, the second day of the captains’ weekend, a team multiplier was played over twelve holes. This fun format competition was won by Gary Graham, Kevin Burdall and Peter McCall with 121 points. Peter Zimmer Smith, Bill Skinner and Jo Morris were second with 101 and the team of Ian Bain, Dave Morgan and Neil Crees were third with 100 points.

The grand sum of £335 was raised over the weekend to go into the Junior funds, which Junior organiser Pat Jones said would be very welcome and would be put to good use.    

Father and son Shaun and Fraser Denholm had to be separated on count back in the midweek stableford. Both players came in with forty one points but Fraser took the win thanks to a birdie on the seventeenth. Shaun said that he had mixed emotions, pleased that Fraser had won but irritated that he had messed a couple of holes up. Fraser was cut to eight and Shaun to thirteen. Matthew Asher was also cut to thirteen after coming third with thirty nine points.

Neil Harris, who was involved in a collision with a motorcycle in Greetham village on Sunday morning whilst driving to play golf, is now out of hospital albeit bruised and shaken. The motorbike rider remains in a serious condition in hospital and we wish both a speedy recovery.