Nailbiting wait for the South Lincs League final game!

Greetham Valley’s 1st Team, playing in the South Lincs scratch golf league, showed true Olympic spirit to win their final match of the season at Tydd St Giles with the final shot of the league season at the weekend. Starting the match level on points with Toft at the top of the league, the team knew a win was a must to keep their chances of winning Division 2 alive. The first three groups of Nick Cunnington with Darren Sargood, Chris Steele with George Grant and John Peyser with Rory Smith all recorded wins putting the team 3-0 up; narrow losses for Ray Gladwinfield with Pete Dickinson and Graham Smith with Richard Wilson meant Greetham needed a half from the remaining group of Paul and Adam Clegg who were still out on the course. With Paul and Adam one down as they stood on the final tee it seemed that the whole season was resting on this one hole; Paul just put his approach shot onto the green and, needing the half, he managed to sink a putt across the whole length of the green to halve the game and give Greetham Valley a fantastic 3.5-2.5 win. With 7 wins from 10 matches this has been a fantastic season for our 1st team and outgoing captain Chris Steele, who has been team captain for 3 years, was full of praise for the entire squad that has played this year and said that he has never known such a good team spirit; the team were often playing against clubs fielding players with lower handicaps and it is this spirit that has taken Greetham Valley to the top of the league. He will hand over a very strong team to the future captain. As a final twist the team level with Greetham Valley at the top of the league (Toft) have  rearranged their match for a later date leaving many nails to be bitten in the next couple of weeks waiting for that result.

The 2nd Team played away to Thorney Lakes but with Blankney having won the league and 3 points ahead of Greetham Valley there was still second place was to be played for. First out were Dave Pritchett and Andy Bass (lost) whilst Dean Wilkinson and Neil Crees won 3 and 2, Carl Causbrook and Paul Jenkinson won 2 and 1; Ally McNaughton and Dave Pusch lost 2 and 1, but with Mark Mousley and Jon Herbert halving their game and Tom Haynes and Darren Houghton winning this gave Greetham a fine 3.5-2.5 victory, thus securing the runner-up position. Captain Mark Mousley thanks all the players who have given their time and support to the second team throughout the season.

Former Greetham Valley club captain, Neil Crees, had a highly successful weekend at the Frilford Heath Golf Club playing in the EGU Past Captains competition. Having won through the preliminary rounds to get to the final, Neil went to Frilford Heath to play 36 holes (over their two courses) over a weekend and came in a highly creditable 6th position out of a field of 60. Neil started his first round with a birdie on the second hole and played steadily throughout the first day to score 32 points although he did fail to register points on two holes. On the second day he upped his game to score on all holes to give himself a chance of glory with a total of 64 over the two days but was eventually squeezed into 6th place overall. The fact that there was only one player with a score better than par shows how tough the course was playing.

The Seniors played their August Medal on the Lakes course and there was a new name on the roll of honour with Division 2 player Mike Hoye having a fine round of 68 (nett) taking the prize. Mike, who had played an astounding  round in the betterball competition a week earlier continued his good form to the strokeplay format. Mike, who plays off 19, started the front nine very strongly with a birdie on the second but allowed errors to creep into his play on holes 7, 8 and 9. On the back half he reinforced his concentration to come back in five over gross for a fine score. Second place went to the ever reliable Graham Smith (5) with a nett 69 which included three birdies in the round. Third place was taken by Brian Parker (21) with 71, on countback from Neil Lowndes. Brian, who won only two weeks ago, is in a hot run of form at the moment and accumulated steadily throughout although he was troubled by the wind in the far reaches of the course where he dropped a few shots.