Greetham Valley ladies enjoy Forest of Arden

forest-of-ardenGreetham Valley’s 2016 Ladies’ Captain  Susie Ellis said “Our Ladies’ away break to the Forest of Arden was a big success. Beautiful setting, two challenging courses and fun and games for all!

 Thank you again to Gilly and Helen for arranging this and to all of the ladies who made it such a fun few days. We are all looking forward to next year’s away break already – what lucky venue will play host to we ladies next time??”

The Juniors played their Club Championship competition on Saturday, with 36 holes being played on the same day; the overall nett aggregate deciding the winner. Third place was taken by Winston Childs with a total of 150; Winston had a frustrating initial round when he just could not get his game together on the back nine but in the second round he came back with a bang to card a 72 and take second place on the day. The top two places were fought between Ellie Haughton and Tom Haynes; Tom, like Winston, had a troublesome first round but he came back with a vengeance on the next 18 holes to hit seven pars and three birdies in his nett 70 score to give him 148 overall. The overall winner was Ellie who played steady and measured golf to register nett 73s on each round for 146.

The Gents played a bogey competition at the weekend in which one point is awarded for a score better than (nett) par and minus one for scores worse than nett par. It is a tough format and any score better than zero represents a good round. Third place was taken by Darren Haughton with +2 in a round where he finished strongly to record his two finishing points on the 16th and 18th holes. Second place went to Pasqualino Risi, also on +2, and he also scored two point on the last two holes; his overall back nine however secured second place on countback. The overall winner was Chris Hatch with +3; Chris only had three minus scores in his whole round and on top of this he threw in two birdies and a string of pars to play the course in a nett 67.

The Ladies Mid-Week Medal produced a clear winner in Heather Morgan (12) who scored a fine nett 71 and was 6 shots ahead of her nearest competitor. Heather only scored worse than bogey on one hole, and that was on the 16th when playing into the wind. Add to this a birdie on the eleventh and a succession of pars it is easy to see how she was clear of the field. Second place was taken by Emma Tipping (1) who won on countback with nett 77; Emma finished very strongly but was ultimately undone by a slow start when she took bogeys on the first three holes. In third place, also on 77, was Peggy Smith; Peggy, playing off 35, played consistently to score throughout the round with her best holes coming on the front nine. In parallel with the Medal, there was also a 9 hole Stableford qualifier which was won by Maureen Wildblood with 17 points; this could have been even better apart from a failure to score on the penultimate hole.