Adi triumphs in Winter Order of Merit

Order of merit playersImage shows some of the players in the Winter Order of Merit. In the centre holding the trophy is this year’s overall winner, Adi Cunningham. To his right is WOOM organiser Neil Harris and to Adi’s left is this week’s winner, Kev Hingle.   

The final of the twenty two round Winter Order of Merit was played on the Valley course at the weekend in warm sunshine with just a light breeze to cool the competitors slightly. The players took to the course in reverse leaderboard order, Adi Cunningham, Carl Causbrook, Kev Hingle and Dave Copley were all out in the final group. Neil Harris said that this ramps up the pressure at the top and brings out the best in the players. Kev Hingle was victorious on the day, he came in with a fantastic score of 41, 19 on the front nine and 22 on the back. Dave Copley was second with 38 points and last year’s winner Steve Anderson was third with 37 on countback from Darren Haughton. 

Adi Cunningham didn’t have such a good game but, having led from the very first game of the series, still did enough to take the overall title for the 2013/14 season. Adi, who has been a model of consistency this year, scored 351 points, having had several wins plus some second and third places. Kev Hingle jumped from fourth place to second after winning this week, he finished on 321 and overtook Carl Causbrook and Dave Copley who finished in joint third with 313. Trevor Smith, who has played off plus three for the last four rounds, was fifth with 265. Nick Cunnington missed half a dozen games but still took sixth place with 230, just 5 points behind him was last season’s winner, Steve Anderson. Darren Haughton was eighth, Graham Smith was ninth and Neil Crees rounded off the top ten. Prizes also went to the top scorer for rounds played on the Saturday or Sunday outside of the top ten. Peter Bagshaw won the Saturday with156 ahead of Martin Boughton who had 149. Club President John Sparks won the Sunday, he had 131 ahead of Fred Aspin who finished on 127.

This has been the fourth season of the Winter Order of |Merit organised by Neil Harris. Neil said that it has been gratifying to see fifty seven people take part throughout the series, which provided competitive golf throughout the winter. He went on to say that as it is an open competition in which any male club member can play, it was fantastic to see six members new to Greetham Valley take the opportunity to play and integrate into the club. They all agreed that it has not only been a great way to meet members but they feel totally accepted within the club.

Hayley HuntThe Ladies Order of Merit also finished at the weekend. Hayley Hunt, who joined from Toft in January, has led right from the first round, she finished with a 163 points. Hayley said that her long game was quite good at Toft but since having lessons with Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis, her short game has come on in leaps and bounds. Hayley cites this as the main reason for her win but went on to say that it will stand her in good stead for the competitions and matches that have just started this year, she also hopes to see a drop in her handicap. Liz Haughton, who returned to Greetham Valley last year after a lay off from golf was second with a 130 points. Another new member to Greetham Valley, Susie Ellis, was third with 95 points. Yet another new member, Hayley Taylor who came from Sleaford Golf Club, was fourth and Lizzie Taylor ended the series in fifth. As with the men’s competition, this has proven to be a great way for new members to “join in” right from the start.

Seniors away daySeniors on their Away Day at Peterborough Milton Golf Club. In the “harlequin sweater” in the front is Club President John Sparks, to his left is Club Captain Shaun Denholm, next to him is Senior’s Vice Captain Peter Wood who organised the day, Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh is to Peter’s left.

Fifty three Greetham Valley Seniors had their Away Day at Peterborough Milton on Monday, the weather could not have been any better, 18 degrees with alight breeze. The day was organised superbly by Seniors’ Vice Captain Peter Wood. The competition was in two parts, a singles stableford and a pairs bogie game. Club Vice Captain Fred Aspin won the singles competition on a tough course with 34 points. Second place went to David Aldred on countback from Chris Dawson, they both scored32 points. Jack Vernal and Keith Godwin won the team prize with a score of minus three. David Lucas and John Clinton who came in with minus six took second place on count back from Peter Macdonald Pearce and Chris Grey. Although the greens were tough having just been treated, everybody agreed that they had enjoyed the course. The catering was extremely efficient and very tasty. Fred Aspin was so impressed, he is thinking of holding his Captain’s Away Day there next year.

Alternative Winter leagueAs well as the Order of Merits and the Winter League knockout competition, the alternative Winter League, which has been organised by Ian Bain, has been running for five years. This year it was won by Dave Thompson.

Tony King had his second hole in one in a Seniors’ competition during the week. Playing on the Valley course, Tony said that he could feel a little breeze against him as he teed up on the par three third hole, he returned his nine iron to his bag and pulled out an eight. He said that it pitched just before the hole then dropped straight in for an ace. Happy days and a bottle of scotch on the counter for anybody to partake!


Charity Race Night at Greetham Valley Golf Club

Race Night at Greetham ValleyFriday 21st March
The ever-popular Charity Race Night makes its’ annual appearance at Greetham Valley on Friday 21st March. This year’s event will be raising funds for the 2014 Captains’ charity, The Air Ambulance Service.

Tickets are available from Greetham Valley Hotel Reception at just £5.95, to include a fish and chips supper served from 7pm. First race is at 8pm. Don’t forget your tote money – the Hinch girls will be in attendance as usual!!


Darren wins Order of Merit round 17 after advice from Paul

Darren HaughtonThe heavy winds that have been with us for what seems ages were once again a feature for round 17 of the Winter Order of Merit. Many players struggled with the uncertain level of it, one minute it was very heavy “in your face”, then for a few seconds, usually when a player is just about to hit the ball with an extra club or two, it would suddenly drop. Darren Haughton took on board the advice from last week’s winner Paul Clegg, “swing slower, use two clubs extra and forget about distance, just think about where you want to take your next shot from”. Darren, playing off ten, said that it was great advice and worked fantastically well for him.

Playing on the Lakes course, he had a couple of putts just pushed off line by the wind as they slowed to the hole but still had 18 points after the front nine. Darren scored better on the more difficult back nine, he had a birdie on the par 5 thirteenth directly into the wind as well as several pars to come home with 20 points, giving him a total of 38. Darren said that he was pleased with the way that he had played but went on to thank Paul for the advice. Thirty eight points was enough to take the win this week and means that he will play off eight in round 18 on Saturday and moves up the overall leaderboard.

President John Sparks, off fourteen,  just missed out on the top spot after scoring 37 points but said that in spite of the rough conditions, he felt that he had really played well. John loses one shot and will play off thirteen in round 18. Trevor Smith, playing off plus two, who had held the long time clubhouse lead, took third place with 35 points on count back from Ben Miles. Trevor loses point five which means that he will play off plus three next time. Chris Wheatland, Kev Hingle and Paul Jenkinson were a point behind with 34.

Adrian Cunningham still leads the overall table, he is 64 points clear of Kev Hingle with Trevor Smith just 15 points further back in third. Carl Causbrook drops to fourth place but Graham Smith remains in fifth, David Copley drops down to sixth place. John Sparks jumped up seven places to take over seventh place, Steve Anderson dropped one place to eighth. Ben Miles edges forward to ninth and Nick Cunnington who has been scoring steadily recently makes it into the top ten.

Organiser Neil Harris said that with just five rounds to go now, Adie Cunningham who has played exceptionally well this series, still has a good lead but that has been cut in recent weeks from 100 points to just over 60. The next few rounds will be a test of his nerve.

The Ladies had much better weather for their Order of Merit on Saturday. Hayley Hunt, who started the series off eighteen, kept up the pressure at the top of the table but had to be content with second place to this week’s winner Jacky Bayley. Both ladies scored 35 points but Jacky took the win on countback thanks to a better back nine. Angela Wheeler was third. Hayley who is now playing off thirteen still keeps her lead at the head of the table, Liz Haughton is second and Susie Ellis is in third.

The final round of the round robin Winter League threw up a few surprises. In group one James Abblett and Bryan Birchall lost their first match of the competition but still went forward to the quarter finals as group winners. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney also lost and Gary Moat and Adam Smith leapfrogged them to move into the quarter finals. Bill Skinner and Peter Key were unbeaten to win group two, Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch lost their last game but still go into the quarters. Trevor Smith and John Sparks were also unbeaten in group three, they go into the mix with Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith. Club Captain Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett were also unbeaten, they go forward with Bob Green and Bill Kirton. The quarter finals will be played on Sunday the second of March. Trevor Smith and John Sparks play Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch. James Abblett and Bryan Birchall take on Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith. Bill Skinner and Peter Key will play Bob Green and Bill Kirton. Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett play against Gary Moat and Adam Smith.

In round nine of the Seniors’ Winter League, new member Ian Jarvis, off eighteen, shot a fantastic 46 points which included birdies on the 13th and 14th on the Lakes course. Steve Taylor, also off eighteen, retains his lead at the head of the overall table after scoring 40 points to take second place on the day. Twenty handicapper Mel Clark took third place with 39 points.


Howling gale no match for Paul in Order of Merit

Paul CleggA howling gale welcomed the Winter Order of Merit players playing in round 16 on the Lakes course on Saturday 15th. With the greens running quick anyway, the addition of such blustery conditions made putting particularly difficult. Paul Clegg was probably the only person playing who seemed to have no problems with it all. Paul, off six, dropped just the two shots on the front nine having had back to back birdies on the sixth and seventh holes to end the front nine with 19 points. On the tougher back nine, he dropped just the one shot, this was on the par five sixteenth which was playing directly into the teeth of the gale. He finished with a magnificent total of 39 points and was the only player to break par on the day.

Paul said that there was no big secret to his success on the day, he softened his grip and took two more clubs and concentrated on making as smooth a swing as possible. Easier said than done when the wind is trying to knock you over and having to second guess the wind on every shot. Paul went on to say that he managed to keep his focus by playing positional shots instead of distance shots to plot his way around the course, this meant that he was always in a good position for the shot to the green. He was cut to four for the next round this weekend when the weather is expected to be kinder. Paul’s son Adam Clegg who is also a single figure handicapper didn’t fare as well as his father, he had to retire after four holes having injured himself during the week. Andy Webb, off seventeen, came in second with a brilliant 35 and was cut to sixteen for the next round. Nick Cunnington off three had another steady week, he like Neil Crees and Kev Hingle came in with 34 points but Nick took it on countback thanks to better scoring over the last six holes. Three players, Carl Causbrook, Darren Haughton and Graham Smith all came in with 33 points.

Adie Cunningham, who didn’t play this week, still holds a commanding lead in the overall table, he is 70 points ahead of Kev Hingle, Carl Causbrook is a further ten points behind him. David Copley, Graham Smith and Trevor Smith are bunched close together with Steve Anderson, Nick Cunnington, Fred Aspin and Peter Bagshaw completing the top ten. Fifty seven players have played in the competition so far this year; in the top thirty, only two players, Chris Wheatland and John Sparks, have yet to experience a handicap cut. Organiser Neil Harris said that this showed how difficult it is to win the competition. Neil went on to say that with six rounds left, the prize fund is looking very healthy. The top three each week share a portion of the prize fund but the rest goes into three separate funds. Some will go to the player with the best overall scores in the Saturday competitions and some for the top man in the Sunday rounds, this gives people a chance to win something even if they can only play on one of those days, the rest will be paid out to the top ten. The fund at the moment stands at £485 but if none of the rounds are cancelled due to inclement weather, Neil expects to finish with a prize fund somewhere around the £650 to £700 mark. Graham Smith, playing off two, leads the field in the Saturday rounds with a 163 points, 36 points ahead of Peter Bagshaw in second. Overall leader Adie Cunningham tops the Sunday list with 195 points, he is 70 points ahead of Dave Copley.

Hayley HuntThe Ladies played their round five Order of Merit in the same rough conditions. Ten handicapper Liz Haughton showed her class to take the win this week to move closer to the top of the leaderboard. Liz said that she was really pleased with the way that she kept her swing under control to plot her way around the course. Susie Ellis had another fine round to take second place and Hayley Hunt who started off in the competition playing off eighteen but now finds herself playing off thirteen, kept up the pressure to take third place. Hayley has a commanding overall lead with 97 points, Liz Haughton is in second place with 63.5 and Susie Ellis rounds off the top three with 53 points. There is still a long way to go yet and the weather could still play a big part in the competition.

Despite strong winds and rain, Neil Lowndes had a fantastic round in the February Seniors’ Medal. Neil, off nine, won the medal, division one and the lowest gross with a brilliant net 66. Three players were separated on count back after they all came home with a net 71. Jack Vernall, playing off his new handicap of fourteen, took second, Keith Heppenstall was third and Steve Taylor was pushed out of the money into fourth. Bob Harmes won division two with a net 70 on countback from Ian Kellam. Ian had the small consolation of taking the lowest gross in the division with an 89. Denis Watts took third place ahead of Derek Palmer, they both came in with net 72.


Adrian’s 4th win keeps top spot in Order of Merit

adrian cunninghamIn the three years that the Winter Order of Merit has been running, almost sixty rounds have been held so far. In the first two years, only two people managed to win more than one round in either of the two years. In the 2013/14 season and after just thirteen rounds, Melton Mowbray’s Adrian Cunningham has already had three wins. The weather was cold and windy but mercifully, dry for round fourteen on Saturday, Adrian took full advantage of it to register yet another win. He finished just one point ahead of Carl Causbrook and two ahead of Martin Boughton. Adrian loses two further shots off his handicap, Carl loses one and Martin, point five. Graham Smith was relegated to fourth on countback, no money for that but also no handicap cut either which could be a small relief when you have already been cut to two. Adrian said that he is playing much better this year than he did in the last series by being less aggressive, and planning his way around the course better.

Adrian’s win gives him a 98 point lead at the head of the table over Carl Causbrook who moved up from sixth to second and a further ten more than Kev Hingle who dropped to third. Graham Smith moved up to fourth place and Trevor Smith drops from third to fifth. Steve Anderson drops to sixth place, Fred Aspin retains seventh, Jim Wheeler had a good move this week, he jumped from thirteenth to eighth. Adam Clegg and Ben Miles round off the top ten on the leaderboard.

WOOM organiser Neil Harris said that even though Adrian has a commanding lead at the moment, with fifty points available for a win, anything could happen over the next eight rounds.

Hayley Hunt had another win in the Ladies’ Order of Merit on Saturday, Jackie Friend was second and Sue Ellis was third. Hayley leads the field as a multiple winner, Helen Woolley who has also had a win in the series is second and Jackie Friend is in third place overall. Hayley, who only joined Greetham Valley a few months ago, said that the excellent short game practice area that is the par three Academy course has really helped with her short game and given her a lot of confidence.

The Seniors play ten games in their Order of Merit, they then take their best five scores from the ten. Steve Taylor sits at the top of the table with 178 points after seven rounds. Second placed Peter Morris is just nine points behind him and single handicapper Ken Stewart sits just three points behind him. Seniors Captain Radley Wardhaugh said that with three more rounds to count and the possibility of icy weather arriving at some stage this winter, it is still possible for anybody in the top seven or eight to take the win and the title.

The top two pairs in each division of the Winter League will go forward to the quarter finals after the round robin series finishes next week. In division one, James Ablett and Bryan Birchall have played five games, they have won four and drawn one, so no matter what happens in the next game, they will go forward into the quarters any way. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney have eight points but Gary Moat and Adam Smith have six;  next week’s game is very important for both pairs. Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch, who lead division two, also look destined for the quarters as do Bill Skinner and Peter Key, they have nine and eight points respectively.

Trevor Smith and Club President John Sparks look to set to triumph in division three, they have won four of their games and drawn one to give them nine points. Former winners Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith have won three, drawn one and lost one and have seven points. Club Captain Shaun Denholm and Wayne Terrett look to have nailed the top spot in division four after they won again on Saturday, they have nine points from three wins and a draw. Another former winning pair, Iain Bain and Dave Morgan have seven points and currently sit in second, however, Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington also have the same amount of wins, a draw and a loss and also have seven points. Next week will be crucial for both pairings.


Martin bows out with a bang!

Martin Boughton pres dayMartin Boughton had to cancel his President’s Invitation Day on 13th October due to a massive storm which rattled Rutland on the day. Martin, who has been First Team Captain, Club Captain and, for the past six years, Greetham Valley Golf Club President, really wanted to hold the day to thank people for their support during his 2008-2013 tenure.

Despite handing over to John Sparks on 1st January, Martin finally got to hold his day on Saturday. The weather was cold and windy but it was at least dry for the most part. Three quarters of the field got through the competition and into the clubhouse dry but the final quarter had a howling gale, a massive hailstorm as well as thunder and lightning to contend with. No surprise then that the winners were all in the first three quarters! Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman won Nearest the Pin on the par three 6th and Assistant Course Manager Stuart Raybould took the Men’s prize on the 12th.

Bev also won the Ladies’ competition with 33 points, second place went to last year’s Lady Captain Sheila Douty with 31 points, whilst Gilly Grant came in with 28 points to claim third place. In the Men’s competition, Wayne Terrett won it with a massive 42 points. James Boughton, Martins son, took second place with 38 points and last year’s Captain Trevor Smith was third, scoring 36 points.

Martin thanked Greetham Valley proprietors the Hinch family for their support over the years. Club Secretary Dennis Millington was thanked for his support and guidance. Martin also praised Adi Porter and his greenkeeping team for presenting the three courses in fantastic condition year after year. Martin went on to wish new President John Sparks well for his own tenure.

Trevor SmithWinter Order of Merit organiser Neil Harris was amazed that so many competitors wanted to play in round 13. The day was cold, very windy with constant heavy rain and after just a few holes it soon became apparent that it would have to be reduced from eighteen holes to nine. However, despite the conditions, the scoring was still very good. Jim Wheeler off thirteen came in with 17 points, was docked point five and will play off twelve next week. Tony Mould had 18 points to take second place, he lost one shot and will play off seven on Saturday. The score of the day came from Trevor Smith playing off scratch. Trevor took first place with 19 points after a game which included eight pars and a birdie; he was docked two shots and will play in round fourteen off plus two.

Adi Cunningham still retains the top spot with 223 points. Kev Hingle remains in second place but the best jump up the table went to Trevor Smith, he moved from twelfth to third. Steve Anderson dropped from third to fourth, Graham Smith dropped a place to fifth. Carl Causbrook, Fred Aspin, Adam Clegg, Ben Miles and Dave Copley round out the top ten.

Neil Harris said that now that the weather is really playing its part, the field is really starting to bunch up, just 42 points separating tenth from second.

The Ladies’ Winter Order of Merit, organised by Angela Wheeler, has a field of thirty competitors and has been going for just three weeks. The clear leaders at the moment are new member Hayley Hunt and Helen Woolley – they have both had a win, a second and another placing to put them ahead of the chasing pack. Hayley won week one with Helen second, Sheila Douty took the honours in week two and Angela Wheeler was second. Helen took the win in week three and Hayley took second. Kay Ropson. who has rejoined Greetham Valley after leaving Sleaford Golf Club, didn’t do so well on Saturday but she is too wily a campaigner to be counted out. Sheila Douty, Bev Dolman and several others who all won competitions in 2013 are chasing hard too.

The Seniors played their Winter League round seven on Monday in warm weather with just a little breeze. Peter Giblett won with 41 points pushing Trevor Davis into second on countback. Former jockey Steve Taylor was third with 38 points ahead of Steve Lakeman who came fourth on countback.


Main greens in use despite frost for Order of Merit

Geoff WoolleyDespite an overnight frost which left Greetham Valley looking like a Christmas scene, Course Manager Adi Porter gave the go-ahead to use main greens for week eleven of the Winter Order of Merit. The first of the 38 players teed off using coloured golf balls but after an hour the frost had departed for pastures new. Former GV Captain Geoff Woolley, who has only played a couple of games in the 22 round competition so far, dealt with the conditions better than most.

While the frost was still around, Geoff had a very impressive 20 points on the front nine, despite a blob on the par three sixth. He had a further blob on the par five sixteenth but still scored a very creditable 17 points on the back nine to give him a total of 37. This was enough to earn him the win this week. He moved up from 52nd to 24th and saw his handicap cut from 17 to 15. Geoff said that the key to his round was using one club less on each hole, this helped to slow the ball when it got on to the green. By doing this he managed to stay on the green instead of shooting through it as many others had done, giving him a chance to putt instead of chipping.

Behind Geoff were three players with 36 points: last year’s winner, Steve Anderson, took second place, he was cut one shot to five. Carl Causbrook took third and will play off eleven next week, Ben Miles was relegated to fourth but while he didn’t get a cut he did miss out on this week’s prize fund. Ted Burke, Dave Copley, James Gore and Club President John Sparks all came in just a point further back with 35 points.

Adrian Cunningham didn’t play so well this week but still came in with 33 points and was placed tenth. However he retains his place atop the order of merit table, some 76 points ahead of second placed Kev Hingle. Steve Anderson moves up from fifth to third, Graham Smith and Fred Aspin both drop a place to fourth and fifth respectively. Only 18 points cover fifth to second so watch out for further changes next week. Carl Causbrook moved up from fourteenth to sixth, Ben Miles jumped up from eleventh to seventh while John Sparks moves up from tenth to eighth.  At the half way mark of the series, organiser Neil Harris said that he is very happy to have welcomed many new competitors to the series this year. He went on to say that nobody would have been able to predict what the top ten would be as several “newbies” are well and truly in the mix.

The full line up of Team Captains for 2014 was announced this week. Chris Steele takes over the First Team Captaincy from Neil Harris, Steve Anderson will take over from Alan Bennett as Second Team Captain. Club Vice Captain Fred Aspin will look after the B Team and the Mixed Team, Neil Sellars will remain as C Team Captain. Liz Haughton will Captain the Ladies’ Scratch team, Jackie Friend will look after the Ladies’ League team and Ladies’ Captain Bev Dolman will sort out the friendly matches. Seniors’ Captain Radley Wardhaugh will lead the Senior teams, ably assisted by Vice Captain Peter Wood. Pat Jones will look after the Juniors.

PGA golf professional Neil Curtis completed his move from Melton Mowbray to start his Greetham Valley career off when he officially joined the Club on 6th January. Neil will be running the Golf Shop as well as visiting schools to spread the word about golf. He also intends to heavily promote junior lessons. He can be contacted at the Greetham Valley Golf Shop on 01780 460666.


Charity Quiz Night at Greetham Valley

Charity Quiz Night at Greetham ValleyFriday 7th February
Wake up the old grey matter with a charity quiz at Greetham Valley, covering a wide spectrum of subjects from music to sports to current affairs to general knowledge! No need to book, just turn up, brain cells twitching, on the night.

  • teams of 4 (1 to be Greetham Valley member), entry £2 per person, pay on the night
  • hot and cold buffet available from 6pm, £7.95 per person, pay on the night
  • quiz starts at 7.30pm

Start reading those newspapers, get out the atlas and find a teenager for any music and IT questions! This Club event will raise funds for the 2014 Captains’ charity, The Air Ambulance Service.


Captains’ Drive-in at Greetham Valley

2014 captains drive inAs is traditional at Greetham Valley Golf Club, January 1st is when the new Captains for the year drive-in and the previous year’s Captains drive out of office. The par three tenth on the Lakes course is a difficult hole with a large pond, a stream just a few feet past it and rough only a yard after that. After getting over those small problems, players are then faced with two bunkers and a two tiered green, not too difficult on a normal day but with a large gallery, a high wind and rain starting, it could make the heart skip a beat. Over seventy players who were competing in the following nine hole competition applauded as first Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty drove out, followed by the drive-in by the 2014 incumbents Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman. All concerned did the deed n fine style and Robert “David Bailey” Hinch was on hand to take photographs.

In the nine hole competition separated into front and back nines, players had to contend with a two to three club wind and very heavy rain. The competitors all got thoroughly soaked but the course held up very well allowing everybody to complete their rounds. Despite the conditions, the scoring was good. Bill Skinner, Graham Day and Peter Key playing on the back nine were only a three ball so they took the best two scores on each hole and came in with 36 points to take second place. Kev Hingle, who is in the top five in the Winter Order of Merit at the moment, and partner David Aldred came first with a fantastic 38 points. A duo of married couples dominated the front nine competition, John and Liz Darrow came second with 34 points. Darren and Liz Houghton scored 35 to take the win.

After the competition Trevor and Sheila took down their photos and thanked everybody for their support in 2013; they were in turn thanked and presented with crystal mementos by GV Chairman Frank Hinch. Shaun and Bev paid tribute to the hard work and commitment that both Trevor and Sheila had put into their year before informing everybody about their own plans for 2014. As Shaun works with the Air Ambulance, both Captains have agreed to have them as their charity for their year and were very pleased when informed that the raffle on the day had raised £388. The members, who by now had been joined by partners and spouses, then welcomed their new PresidentJohn Sparks, he takes over from Martin Boughton. Martin, who had served for six years in the role, was praised by John for his commitment to the club.

As well as an overhaul of competitions for this year by Secretary Dennis Millington and a members’ panel, the club announced several changes to members fees. A new Intermediate level will start from the first of April. This will be for members aged between 19 and 29, they will pay just 50% of the seven days members’ fee. That means that they will pay only £354 per year or £29.50 per month on interest free credit. Juniors (18 and under) will now only pay £144 a year or £12 a month. Greetham Valley General Manager Sean Clarke said that the Club takes great pride in listening to its’ members and this is something that the owners had debated in 2013.


Airshots fundraising success at Greetham Valley

Airshots Golf Society are based at Greetham Valley and were formed a couple of years ago as a means of raising funds for the Leicester and Notts. Air Ambulance (LNAA) and have been recognised by them as a charitable organisation. This year they had 32 paid up members from several different golf clubs in the area as well as many guests who have played with a member. The Air Ambulance Service doesn’t, for some unknown reason, get much in the way of support from central Government so they have to rely upon charitable donations. On average, it costs some £200 per mission to fuel an Air Ambulance, in 2013 Airshots presented a total of £1500 to help them. This year’s Captain has been Dean Wilkinson who handed over to Mark Haynes at their AGM at the end of November.

To start off fundraising for 2014 with a bang, 30 members and guests gathered at Greetham Valley to play their final competition of the year on the Lakes course. After a hearty Greetham Valley breakfast they set off in cold and very windy conditions, some coped well with it and some didn’t but they all enjoyed it. Simon McGuiness took the win with a fantastic 39 points. Society Vice Captain James Ablett who had led for most of the competition with 38 came second. Several players scored 36 but 2013 Greetham Valley Club Captain Trevor Smith took third on countback.

Everybody had fun but the main aim of the day was to raise more funds. The raffle raised £125, some £53 was raised in fines, these included: losing a golf ball, not wearing the Airshots shirt, not making it past the Ladies’ tee, failing to score at least 24 points, amongst others. Overall, they raised £518 which gives them a good start for 2014.

Colin Eversden, who has been responsible for a lot of the organisation since its inception, said that they will be playing at eight different venues next year plus an end of year game at Greetham Valley and hope to beat this year’s total. Airshots Chairman Michael Fish said that they, like the Air Ambulance, rely upon sponsorship for shirts, prizes etc and thanked Bryan Birchill, Precision Sports, Glenn Sharpe, Bradshaws Electric Vehicles, the Alumasc group, Ps and Qs and The Pyramid Club for their continuing support. They are still on the lookout for sponsorship for 2014;  if you are interested please contact Fred Aspin at fredladgolf@yahoo.co.uk. The same address can also be used for any new Airshot Golf Society member application enquiries.

Adie Cunningham, who led the Winter Order of Merit after eight rounds, consolidated his lead with a fantastic score of 41 points to win round nine. Despite a very cold wind and a coating of white frost, Adie blitzed the competition to take his second win in this year’s competition. He had 18 points on the front nine including a blob on the fourth, then stepped it up on the back nine coming in with a massive 23 points. He was cut two shots and will play off 23 next Saturday. Bob Beverley was second with 37 points and loses one shot. Ben Miles took third place on countback from Dave Copley and Paul Clegg, they all scored 36 points. Ben will lose point five off his handicap.

Adie has extended his lead at the top of the order of merit, Kev Hingle moves up to second place while Graham Smith dropped to third, Fred Aspin retains fourth and Steve Anderson is fifth, the rest of the top ten stay as they were. Ben Miles has the biggest jump of the week, he moved up from twenty third to eleventh.