Competition and Match updates
Greetham Valley has seen a run of competitions which seem to have arrived with May’s warm weather. On Saturday 16th, the May Medal competition was held on the Lakes course and there was a fine win for Jack Chisholm who scored a nett 68, playing off 15; his round was a fine mix of pars and bogeys with a blemish only on the ninth hole. His handicap was cut to 13 following this fine round. Second place went to Harry Sargood (19) who continued his fine run of form with a nett 70 with the result that he has also been cut to 18. Third place went to Bill Guest with a nett 72 and he likewise has had his handicap reduced from 20 to 18.
Earlier in the week the Midweek Medal provided a third place for Brian Gordon who had a curate’s egg of a round with a birdie on the long par 4 ninth hole only to run into trouble on the latter holes; his final score was a nett 71. Second place went to Neil Toothill, also on 71, but taking second place by virtue of a stronger back 9; his first nine holes were played under his handicap expectations but wobbles on the last two holes disturbed an otherwise strong round. The overall winner was Tony Newbold who carded a nett 68 to win by three strokes.
The Second Team played their match against Boston which ended in a very tight half. The first two games to go out both ended up with wins to Boston on the eighteenth and things were not looking good for Greetham. Darren Haughton and Dean Wilkinson had a fine win (1 up) whilst the next pairs of Anthony Mousley and Mark Haynes scored a good half as did Neil Crees and Peter Zimmer-Smith. With Boston leading 3 and 2 it all depended on the final pairing of Tom Haynes and Ally McNaughton and this pair brought in a fine 4 and 3 victory to gain an overall half for the match.
The Juniors also played a match against Rothley in the British Legion Junior Golf Competition and won against a team of low handicap players. The team of Tom Haynes, Ellie Haughton, Luc Affleck and Joe Sargood deserve a pat on the back.
Fine win for Sam
The annual competition for the Colin Easson Trophy was played on the Lakes course, with a field of over 130 entrants. Although the weather conditions were kind, the overall stableford scoring was compressed around the 35 – 38 points level but there was one very clear winner. In third place, Keith Ross, playing off 17, scored a fine 39 points but his round was marred by dropping points over the back nine, including a no-score on the final hole. Second place went to Ben Miles, also on 39 and winning on countback, with a round that was the opposite of Keith’s in that he scored heavily over the final seven holes with 6 pars to leap up the leader-board. The overall winner, however, was Sam McCall with a fine score of 43 points. Sam’s round included only one hole with a double bogey (on the second) but this was immediately mitigated by a birdie on the succeeding hole; thereafter Sam put together a mix of eight pars and bogeys to take the competition with points to spare.
On the same day the Ladies also played for the (Ladies) Colin Easson Trophy and this was won by Sue Brand with a score of 33 in a round where two failures to score on the back nine spoiled a very good round. Second place went to Heather Morgan with 32 points but she also tripped up on one hole in the back nine; she was however delighted to achieve a two on the par three 14th. Angela Wheeler scored 31 points to take third place on countback (from Sally Bowker and Lesley Young).
The Ladies section played their May Medal on that Saturday and there was a clear winner in this competition also. Third place went to Sophie Beardsall (2) with a nett 78 whilst second place was taken by Jo Robinson (13) who carded a nett 77. The overall winner was Ellie Haughton (7) with a nett 74; Ellie’s round included two birdies but these were negated by less successful holes on the fifth and sixteenth.