The Greetham Valley Club Championships were played over 36 holes over the weekend on greens which had been speeded up and with challenging pin positions, with the eventual winners being decided by the best aggregate scores over the two rounds. With both Gents and Ladies competitions being played, the overall Club Champions were Adam Clegg and Sophie Beardsall.
In the Gents competition there were awards both for the best gross scores (leading to the election of the club champion) and the best nett scores. In the gross competition, at the end of Day 1 the top two players were separated by only one stroke, with Adam Clegg holding pole position with 72 and Nick Cunnington on 73; Nick had a steady round with five birdies but a three putt on the 16th cost him the outright lead whilst Adam carded three birdies and only three bogeys to register a par 72. Day 2 commenced with the players who made the cut going off in reverse order with a final match between the best three gross scores going off last so as to finish in front of the members surrounding the 18th green. Nick Cunnington pushed Adam Clegg all the way over the first nine but a disaster on the 14th hole saw him drop out of contention and leave the field open for Adam, who was caddied by his father, to play another steady round with a gross 73 to win by 9 shots overall shots from Darren Sargood. In the nett competition, there was a clear winner in Peter Wood who shot a nett 65 on Day 1 and followed this up with nett 69 on Day 2 (in spite of a poor start on the first two holes) to head the podium by 3 shots from Adam Clegg. Peter was originally going to scratch from the competition because he had been playing so badly recently but was delighted in his game and course management.
The Ladies competition was won by Sophie who put together two steady rounds of 76 and 77 to total 153; Sophie, who plays off 2, had a wobble at the very start of the first day but thereafter steadied her game to play par golf. On the second day she started very strongly with a front nine of 3 under gross to put her in pole position and never gave the chasing players a chance to catch her on the back nine. Overall second place went to Ellie Haughton with 157 aggregate who beat her mother, Liz, into third place. The Ladies nett competition was won by Izzy Haughton with 139 thus beating older sister, Ellie, by 6 shots. Izzy topped the nett score leader-board on both days with score of 70 and 69 respectively.
On Sunday, the Ladies Bunny Cup was played (in stableford format) which resulted in a win for Bryony Batch; Bryony, playing off 30, had a steady round and registered a score on all holes to total 33 points with many of her better scores being on the lower stroke index holes. This competition also saw three generations of the Hinch family competing, with former Bunny Cup winner Hazel being joined on the tee by daughter in law Dee and granddaughter Katie, both playing in their first ever Club competition.
In the Ladies Midweek Stableford, Jane O’Donnell took third place with a fine 37 points in spite of a failure to score on the 6th hole; Jane, who was intending to play in the Bunny Cup at the weekend, had her handicap reduced thus making her ineligible for that competition but was delighted to register a birdie on the 11th hole and followed this with a par on the next. Second position went to Pat Jamieson with 38 points and she went one better with two birdies in her round (on 5 and 11) although she also failed to enter a score on one hole. The overall winner was Annie McCulloch (17) with 42 points in a round of remarkable consistency.
The second round of the Seniors Championship was played on the Valley course in fine conditions and, like the club competitions, the overall winners (both gross and nett) being decided by the aggregate over the two rounds. In the gross competition the overall winner was Graham Smith with an aggregate of 153 from his scores of 77 and 76. Graham was playing sub par golf until he reached the ninth hole where disaster struck and he took an eight but thereafter he took control of his game and held on to finish with a fine 76. Second place, gross, was tied between Ken Porter and Tim Nixon with a total of 164. Ken registered a good score in the first round but Tim (9) equalled the lowest gross of the day on Monday (76) to catch Ken. In the nett competition the overall winner was Steve Taylor on 138, narrowly beating Radley Wardhaugh (141) and Ken Porter (142).