Greetham Valley Lincolnshire League teams continued their good form and the Ladies were the first to achieve promotion following a fine win at home against Woodhall Spa; they will play in Division 3 next year. The Men’s First Team are still hopeful of promotion after they played away at Thorney Lakes against a strong home team and came away with a creditable 3-3 draw; wins for Nick Cunnington with Darren Sargood, John Peyser with Rory Smith and Chris Steele with George Grant meant the match was halved. Close competitors Toft lost their match which means, with one final game to play, Greetham Valley and Toft are tied on points at the top of the league. A final match follows away at Tydd and a good win could secure promotion to Division 1 of the South Lincs scratch league.
There were two competitions run simultaneously on Sunday with the Gents Rabbits Trophy for 19-28 handicappers whilst 0-18 players competed for the Limestone Trophy; both competitions being stableford format. In the former, third place was taken by Derek Price (21) with 35 points in a round which started badly with a lost ball on the very first hole but thereafter Derek played regulation golf to his handicap. Second place went to Keith Childs with 36 in a round which was steady in the middle section but trouble on the seventeenth restricted his final score. The overall winner was Bill Guest with 38 points and a reduction in handicap to 18; Bill had played in the Mid-Week Medal but on this occasion went six shots better. Bill was delighted to have finally put together a solid round and went home with the memory of a fine eagle on the 8th hole when he chipped in his second shot to give his round a lift.
In the 0-18 competition Graham Smith (5) played the first fifteen holes to par but ran into problems on the 16th to take a double bogey and followed this by dropping shots on the final two holes; in spite of this he registered 38 points to take third place. Rory Smith (also 5) took second place with 38 points, on countback, thanks to a strong finishing burst on the back nine which included three birdies. The overall winner was Shaun Denholm with a massive 44 points including dropping only three shots over the back nine; Shaun’s only error was a double bogey on the challenging fifth hole and he was delighted to get his name on the club honours board after years of trying.
The Ladies played for the Gill Christie Trophy in strokeplay format and there was a tight battle between the top four places. Third place with a nett 74, on countback, went to Annie McCulloch thanks to a strong back nine performance after a slight aberration on the second hole. The runner-up position was taken by Sophie Beardsall (2), who was crowned Club Champion last week, with a nett 73; Sophie almost bookended her round with birdies but an errant performance on the seventeenth to card a bogey cost her the lead. The overall winner was Liz Haughton (5) with a nett 70 after playing the course in 2 over gross.
The Gents Mid-Week Medal was played in a small field due, in part, to the windy conditions but this did not stop Ian Copley from storming round the course for a nett 67; playing off 13, Ian dropped only 2 shots to (gross) par on the front nine and continued in this way for the rest of the round apart from a visit to the water on the 14th. Notwithstanding this blemish Ian finished strongly to end up with a nett 80 and had his handicap reduced to 11. Second place was taken by Lewis Chisholm with a nett 69 in a round marred only by holes 9 and 11 where he carded double bogeys. Third place was taken by Paul Clegg, playing off 5, with a nett 73. Paul had a slightly loose front nine but upped the anti on the back half to return in regulation, including successive birdies on 13 and 14.
The Seniors played a Pairs Better Ball competition on Monday in fine but blustery conditions with increasing wind strength as the morning went on, thus presenting the early starters with a slight advantage. The overall winners were Mike Hoye and Keith Heppenstall with 44 points who won by three from David Wallace and Keith Godwin. Mike Hoye was in particularly strong form, registering four birdies to ensure that this team had no real competition for top spot. The talk of the Seniors, however, was of Brian Parker’s medal round the previous week. Brian, who plays off 22 and who has recently returned from injury, registered a nett 63 on the Valley course with a scorching first half, carding 6 under (nett) par; he was unable to continue this hot streak on the back half though but still played to his (then) handicap. Arising from this round Brian had his handicap reduced to 20.