Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on August 29, 2012
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.
Posted by Dee Hinch, Business & Marketing Director on August 22, 2012
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.
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on August 21, 2012
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.
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on August 14, 2012
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!
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on August 14, 2012
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.
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on August 14, 2012
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.
Posted by Sharon Walpole, HR Manager on August 2, 2012
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 email@example.com
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on July 31, 2012
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.
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on July 31, 2012
Members from over twenty five different golf clubs were invited to play as guests in the Greetham Valley Seniors’ Invitation held on a fine sunny Rutland day with hardly a breath of wind on a well prepared Lakes course.
Fred Aspin and playing partner David Jackson from Burghley Park Golf Club got off to a great start by parring the first and birdieing the second; the pair went on to par the next six holes and birdie the ninth to give themselves twenty four points for the front nine. The pair kept up the momentum and parred the next six holes to put themselves into contention for the win. It all went a little wrong on the par five sixteenth when both players three putted after both hit good shots to get on the green in regulation, this was the first bogie of the day. This was quickly followed by another on the par four seventeenth after one of them landed in the rough fringe at the back of the green and the other landed in the very deep right hand bunker.
They needed to par or birdie on the tough par four eighteenth to be in with a chance of winning, they just missed the putt for the birdie but a simple tap in secured the par to give them a solid score of forty four points.
After sitting down to one of Greetham Valley’s famous carveries, the pair had to wait for the final five team scores to come in to see if the two rather silly bogies had cost them the trophy, luckily they hadn’t, as they were informed that they had won by two clear points.
Dave Jackson said that they had fitted in well together, when one was out of the hole, the other was in it. The two birdies and fourteen pars were great but the mistakes that led to the bogies were irritating lapses in concentration.
Neil Harris and his partner Geoff Hacket from Ruddington Grange, who were the long time club house leaders, were second with forty two points. Paul Hipwell and partner Rod Wright from Burghley Park were third on count back with forty one points from Keith Godwin and his brother from Hallows Golf Club.
Neil Lowndes won the longest drive and Terry McNulty took the nearest the pin prize. Sponsor Les Dickinson and Seniors Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce presented the trophy. John Dowding had a fantastic hole in one on the tough par three fourteenth.
Mike Churchill, who was at his registration desk from 8am, organised the competitors in his usual calm manner and suggested that competitors bought raffle tickets. £130 was raised for the Air Ambulance from the Raffle. Well done gents and thank you for your generosity.
Posted by Fred Aspin, Press Officer on July 24, 2012
Former Greetham Valley Men’s Captain Neil Crees came fourth in the eighty eight strong field in the English Captains Union Regional Qualifier last week at Longcliffe with a score of 35 points. Neil has now qualified for the three day National finals in August at Alwoodley. Neil also Qualified for the finals in his Captain’s year in 2010 and won it; the Greetham Valley management, staff and members all wish him the very best of luck for this year.
Peter Giblett won division one of the July Seniors Medal and the lowest gross with a 79 net 67 and was cut to eleven. David Aldred off eighteen was second with 90, net 72 and fourteen handicapper Keith Godwin was third, he shot a gross 88, net 74.
In the second division, eighty three year old Les Dickinson off twenty took the win and the lowest gross with an 87 net 67 and was cut to eighteen. Roy Foster was second with 92 net 69 and was cut to 22. Seniors’ Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce was third with 97 net 72.