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.


Christmas golf competitions at Greetham Valley

Pat Jamieson Adie Cunningham Ladies Captain Sheila Douty Mens Captain Trevor Smith Adam Clegg and Eve MillsThe weather for the Christmas Texas Scramble at Greetham Valley started off warm and dry but after the first couple of holes the wind started gusting between a two or three club speed and the dry weather soon gave way to a cold and steady drizzle. However, this did not seem to faze the competitors in the least, the difference between third place and first being a mere point four.

Club Secretary Dennis Millington, Bob Beverley, George Grant and Lesley Young were third with 60.8. Second place went to Graham Smith, Alan Bennett, Bill Skinner and Annie McCulloch with 60.6. The winners were Adie Cunningham, Adam Clegg, Pat Jamieson and Eve Mills, they took the win with a score of 60.4. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty thanked everybody for their support this year, Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman will take over on 1st January.

Malcolm Barnes, playing off thirteen, won division one of the final Seniors’ Medal of the year with a brilliant nett 69. Malcolm said that he just played very steady golf without taking any unnecessary chances. He won on countback from Neil Lowndes off nine who also won the lowest gross prize with a 78. Sixteen handicapper Jack Vernal took third with a nett 72.

Stuart Dodds, who does a lot of work for the Seniors’ section by organising the away days on a Friday and a roll up on a Wednesday throughout the year, had a very well deserved win in division two. Playing off nineteen, he had a nett 69 and also took the lowest gross prize. Peter Macdonald Pearce off twenty six took second with a nett 71 and twenty handicapper John Morfee was third with a nett 73. Captain Rod Wells took time to thank everybody for their help and support over the last two years.

Liz HaughtonThe Ladies’ Turkey Trot is played in two divisions, Bronze and Silver. First place in Bronze went to Chris Slattery, Eileen Pare took second. Liz Haughton, who has been a prolific scorer in competitions this year finishing in the top three in practically every one she has entered, won the silver division and the overall prize. Gilly Grant who has also played very well this year was second. Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty was fulsome in her praise for the Ladies and thanked them for the support that she has had from them this year.

The Winter Order of Merit and the Winter League both return next week – with high winds and heavy rain forecast, it could be a tough weekend for all concerned.


Vice Captain Shaun rises to the challenge of the cold

Shaun DenholmVice Captain Shaun Denholm who will take over as Captain on the 1st January won this week’s Winter Order of Merit for the first time this series. Shaun, playing off fourteen, dropped just four shots in the front nine and amassed 21 points. He got off to a bad start on the back nine with a double bogie on the par three 10th and a bogie on the next hole but stopped the rot with a par on the 12th. He came back with 17 points to give him a total of 38. Shaun was one of the first of the 40 players out and had an anxious wait to see if it would be enough to take the win. Two 36s came in and a 37 but his score was good enough in the end to take the win and the 50 points on offer for first place. A delighted Shaun said that he was surprised that 38 was good enough but a lot of players seemed to have struggled in the very cold two club wind; he had two shots taken off his handicap.

Second place went to Fred Aspin who came in with 37 points and was cut by one shot. Adie Cunningham, who has led since round two, was third on countback with 36 points, he was docked point five. Kev Hingle also came in with 36 and took fourth place. The next two places were also decided on countback after both players scored 35. Carl Causbrook took fifth ahead of Chris Wheatland.

Adie Cunningham continues to lead the overall table with a 161 points. Kev Hingle moved up from fourth place to second some 48 points back. Just one point two behind him is Graham Smith who dropped from the second spot. Fred Aspin moves up from seventh to fourth just point eight behind Graham. Last series winner Steve Anderson dropped from third to fifth place, he has ninety six points.

There is no Order of Merit next week as a lot of players are in the Christmas Texas Scramble, the next round will be on the 21st December.

After two rounds of this year’s Winter League, things are starting to take shape. Andy Dickinson and Brian McInerney lead league one with 3 points. Gary Moat and Graham Smith also have 3 points and are in second place, both pairs have won one and drawn one. Ali McNaughton and Dave Pusch lead league two with 4 points, they have played two and won two. Club Captain Trevor Smith and President elect, John Sparks lead league three with 4 points from two wins. Previous winners Dave Morgan and Iain Bain lead Alan Bennett and Nick Cunnington in league four, both pairs have 4 points from two wins.


Graham beats the wind to win round 6 of the Order of Merit

Trevor Smith Rod Wells Sheila Douty and Martin BoughtonThe Seniors’ Captain’s Dinner, hosted by Rod Wells, was a well attended affair: as well as a room full of seniors and their partners, Club Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty were in attendance. Two of Greetham Valley’s directors, Frank and Hazel Hinch, President Martin Boughton, his wife Heather and Club Secretary Dennis Millington and wife Joan also graced the event. The raffle on the night raised some £300 bringing the total to £600 raised for this year’s Seniors’ Captain’s Charity, the Alzheimer’s Trust. Founder member and experienced raconteur Keith Agar had those assembled in fits of laughter for almost an hour with a run of jokes, wry comments and pictures.

Graham SmithWeek six of the Winter Order of Merit was played on the Lakes course on Saturday. The weather was dry, cold and very windy – ideal for Graham Smith who is renowned for his ability in gusting winds and he triumphed for the first time in the event this year. Six handicapper Graham had 18 points on the front nine, including a birdie on the par four third hole. The back nine was even better as he also birdied the par five fifteenth and the par four seventeenth to come in with 20 and a total of 38 points to take the win. Graham said that he just played steady golf, tee to green, and took the chances with his putter when he had them. He leaped up from eleventh place to second overall and loses two shots off his handicap for the next round. Mike Watkins off eleven took second place with 37 points on countback from nine handicapper Paul Jenkinson. Mike loses a shot and Paul was docked point five. Four players were tied in fourth place – Trevor Smith, Tony Mould, James Gore and Adrian Cunningham after they all scored 36 points.

After six weeks, Melton’s Adrian Cunningham still leads with a 29 point gap ahead of Graham Smith in second. Steve Anderson slips back into third position and Kevin Hingle also lost ground this weekend. President in waiting John Sparks closed in on the top tier with another consistent scoring round. Paul Jenkinson leaps into the top ten following another steady performance this week. Fred Aspin, Steff Dutton, Ian Copley and Chris Wheatland all dropped places but remain in the top ten. With only six rounds played, the competition is all to play for and points in the bank now will prove invaluable for when the bad weather strikes. Round seven will be played on Sunday when the Rutland weather is forecast to be much colder with arctic winds.

Neil Harris took a party of Order of Merit competitors to The Nottinghamshire Golf Club during the week and returned full of praise for a course that has had a big facelift recently. All found the course in superb condition with beautifully manicured fairways and excellent receptive greens that were lightning fast, making putting a real test of skill. Neil said that it was refreshing to go to a course as visitors late in November that was in such good condition. Graham Smith was a worthy winner on the day coming in with 36 points. Chris Wheatland and Dave Copley were tied second with 35 points.

Greetham Valley’s Seniors held their end of season three club competition prior to electing their officials for 2014 last Monday: players could use any two clubs and a putter. Barry Shaw proved that he didn’t need all of the other clubs that he normally carries when he won the Hodgkinson Trophy, presented by Alan Hodgkinson, with a score of 38 points. Barry said that staying out of trouble and taking full advantage of it was the key to his win. Peter Morris took second place, he scored 34 points and John Taylor was third with 33. Bob King won the nearest the pin prize on the par three sixth hole. Fred Aspin was presented with the Neil Whitter Trophy by Neil for winning the Irons Only competition.

After the game, Radley Wardhaugh was elected as Seniors’ Captain and will take over from Rod Wells in January, Peter Woods will be his Vice. Rod thanked everybody for their fantastic support this year.  


Hole in one for Neil on revamped 6th on the Lakes course

Neil LowndesNine handicapper and former professional cricketer Neil Lowndes had his very first hole in one while playing in the Seniors’ Winter League on Monday. On the par 3 6th on the Lakes, Neil took a wedge for the 135 yard shot over the newly revamped and much bigger lake, the ball took one bounce then popped straight into the hole. Neil said that he had come very close on a number of occasions but no cigar. He was very happy to buy everybody a drink and looks forward to receiving his Hugo Boss watch courtesy of Hugo Boss and the How Did I Do website for the feat.

Round five of the Winter Order of Merit got off to a rather chilly start on Sunday – with a cold wind coming in from the north it was certainly time for the 36 players
Steff Dutton

to don the old woolly hats and warm sweaters. Seven handicapper Steff Dutton, who has been struggling with his driving recently after suffering for over a year with shoulder pains, had a fantastic day on the fairways, missing only two of them. Steff, who is a Second Team regular, has a superb short game that he was able to use to great advantage. He recorded three sandy pars as well as getting out of a tricky situation to par a hole on several other occasions. He teed off in the first group and didn’t think that his 40 points would be anywhere near good enough to win so was very pleased to take his first one of the series. He said that it was the best that he has driven all year, he had two shots taken off his handicap and will play off five in the next game.Previous series’ winner Adam Clegg off five was one shot behind in second place, he was docked a shot and will play off four on Saturday.   Ian Copley took third place on countback with 38 points and was docked point five, he will play off twelve next time. Three others, four handicapper Nick Cunnington, President elect John Sparks and Kevin Hingle off twelve also scored 38 and were awarded joint fourth place. Birthday boy George Grant was a further shot back on 37 points.

Adrian Cunningham holds an 18 point lead at the top of the Order of Merit table over defending champion Steve Anderson. Kevin Hingle replaces Fred Aspin in third place and Fred drops to fourth. Week five winner Stef Dutton gained ground on the leaders and moves from twenty second to fifth, Ian Copley rose six spots to sixth in the table. Adam Clegg had the biggest climb of the weekend, he moved from thirty fifth to fifteenth place. The competition is bubbling along quite nicely now and we can expect even more changes next week, when players who had been playing in the alternative winter league return for the next round.

Vice Captain in waiting Fred Aspin won the Seniors’ Irons Only competition. He struggled in the front nine registering only 12 points but came good on the back nine with 22;  Neil Lowndes was second just one shot behind. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Steve Taylor took third demoting Bernard Bell to fourth place after they both scored 32 points.


Greetham Valley Prize Presentation Evening

Prize presentation nightThe great and the good gathered for Greetham Valley’s end of year Prize Presentation Evening last Friday. First in the running order was the announcement that John Sparks will be the club’s new President from the first of January, he will take over from Martin Boughton who has served for six years. Fred Aspin was confirmed as 2014 Vice Captain and will take up his duties on the same day.

Trevor Smith Patricia Webster and Sheila DoutyTrevor Smith’s and Sheila Douty’s Captains’ Charity this year has been the Peterborough Neo Natal Ward and the fabulous sum of £2200 was raised throughout the year from Club members for the charity. Patricia Webster from the Ward was on hand to collect the cheque. Patricia said that they try not to handle very tiny babies, who are usually in a very delicate condition, too much. Some of them weigh in at less than a bag of sugar and a great deal of care from dedicated professionals is needed.
Colin Easson Motors prizes

These children may have been born prematurely or born with severe illness and even with a staff of forty five nurses plus doctors they are very reliant upon technology. The machines they use range in cost from around £500 to £7000 and obviously need replacing on a regular basis – every penny they can raise from outside sources really helps. Patricia thanked the Captains and the Club members for their generosity. Please note, If you would like to Colin Easson Motors competition prizewinnerscontribute to this vital work, contact the Communications Officer at Peterborough Hospital, they will be very happy to receive your donations which will only be used by the ward.

When the prize giving got underway, Ben Easson and Trevor SmithRoland Easson and his wife Debbie were on hand to present the trophies for the Colin Easson Motors competition. The Easson family, who sell Ford cars at their garage in Cottesmore, are Greetham Valley’s longest serving sponsors. Sophie Beardsall won the Ladies’ competition, she also won the Medal Winners’ Trophy. Adam Smith took the Men’s competition  prize and Jordan Burdall won the Under 21 section. Jordan, who also became the course record holder for both courses this year, won the President’s Putter for the best gross Jordan Burdall and Martin Boughtonscore in the two day 0-18 Club Championship to become Club Champion for the first time. Roland’s son Ben Easson, who came second in the Under 21 section, also picked up the Cunningham Cup for the best nett in the 0-18 Club Championship, and the Chris Southwell Memorial Salver.

For winning the Ladies’ Club Championship, Emma Tipping was awarded the Waycot Bowl; Emma also picked up two Medals after winning in July and August.Emma Tipping and Sheila Douty Another multiple winner was Ladies’ vice Captain Bev Dolman, she won the June Medal, the Pat Holloway Trophy and the Hodgkinson Cup for the Ladies’ Singles Knockout.

Iain Bain was presented with the Rutland Shield for his win in the division one Singles  competition, Paul Childe-Freeman won division two.

The Brian Hockey Trophy was presented to Jack Vernal for his win in the Seniors’
Jack Vernal Trevor Smith Rod WellsSingles,
division one and Denis Watts picked up the Mike Churchill Trophy for division two.

Bryony Batch, who has played in fourteen qualifiers this year, was awarded the Rosemary Thomas Cup for the most improved Lady Golfer after coming down from 33 to 30 handicap, she also won the Lady Landover Trophy.

Mike Churchill Trevor Smith and Denis Watts

The Stuart Dodd Trophy for the most improved Senior Golfer went to Peter Wood who came down from 20 to 15 this year. Paul Downs won both the Easson Cup for the 19-28 nett Championship and the Hinch Cup for the gross Championship.

 

 

Other prize winners:

The Begy Trophy, Gents Pairs Knockout:    Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbitt
Ladies Medal Winners Trophy:    Sophie Beardsall
Anniversary Trophy:    Steve Bennoson (Gents), and Pat Jamieson (Ladies)
Rabbits Trophy:    Dave Smith
Tudor Springs Foursomes:    Bob Beverly and Neil Harris
Bob Ford Past Captains’ Cup:    George Grant
Barbara Ford Past Captains’ Trophy:    Eve Mills
Moore Stephens Trophy:    Robert Lewin (Gents), Jackie Friend (Ladies)
Limestone Trophy:    Nick Cunnington
Ladies’ Greensomes:    Liz Haughton and Fay Taylor
Sturgess Volvo Trophy:    Andrew Frisby
Senior Golfer of the Year:    Rob Gray
Ladies’ Bunny Cup:    Hazel Hinch
Meadows World Travel Trophy:    Jacky Bayley
Greetham Cup, Ladies’ Doubles:    Sophie Beardsall and Sally Bowker
Seniors’ Doubles:    Rod Wells and Robert Birch
Dickinson Trophy, Mixed Doubles:   Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty
Dryden Salver (best 36 holes nett):    Sheila Douty
Gill Christie Memorial Trophy:    Angela Wheeler
Martins Mixed Foursomes:    Ryan Tarrant and Jackie Friend
Stimson Family Cup:    Roger Bass and Andrew Bass

2013 Captains Trevor and Sheila thanked the members for their support during the year and paid special thanks to Dennis and Joan Millington and the Hinch family for all their help this year. They also wished Shaun Denholm and Bev Dolman, who take over as Captains in January, all the best for 2014.

Steve Anderson, who won the 2012/13 Winter Order of Merit last year, took his first win in this year’s series with a fantastic 39. Kevin Hingle and Jim Wheeler took the second and third places, just two shots behind on countback. Six players, Fred Aspin, Ian Copley, Neil Crees, Paul Jenkinson, Peter Bagshaw and Trevor Smith were a shot further back and they shared the Order of Merit points. Adrian Cunningham still occupies top position on the overall table but his lead has been reduced to 15 points. Defending champion Steve Anderson surged up the table to take over second place. Fred Aspin moved up from fourth to third and Kevin Hingle leaps up ten places into fourth place, Chris Wheatland dropped from second to fifth. With it all still wide open and all to play for, the next round will take place on Sunday 24th, when players are expecting much colder conditions.

Don’t forget the Members’ Forums next week, 2.30pm on Wednesday 27th and 7pm on Thursday 28th. Wine and nibbles will be provided. Hope to see you there!

Greetham Valley Club Captain’s Dinner great success

Steve BurgonThe year’s penultimate Medal got underway in slightly overcast conditions but, thankfully, without the wind that we have been experiencing in Rutland lately. Steve Burgon, playing off fourteen, dropped just three shots in the front nine to finish with a gross 82, nett 68 to take the win in division one and the overall Medal. Steve said that he found it tougher on the back nine but just persevered with his game plan. Carl Causbrook was second with a nett 72 and Chris Wheatland took third spot with a 73. Club Captain Trevor Smith won the division’s lowest gross.

Bruce Strickland, playing off twenty, won division two with a nett 70. Adrian Cunningham followed up his win in last week’s Order of Merit with a 71 to take second place on countback from Fred Aspin, who also won the division’s lowest gross.

Captains Dinner motley crewThe Club Captain’s Dinner last Friday night was a roaring success, with sixty nine people attending. The evening started with Club Captain Trevor Smith and former Captains being piped in by Greetham Valley member David Smith in full regalia. Those present were members, former Captains plus a dozen members from Burghley Park Golf club. Former Manchester City and England footballer Tommy Booth was the guest speaker, he entertained the room with tales of his football career for over an hour. Trevor said that he was overwhelmed and very grateful for the support he has experienced from everybody this year. Over £300 was also raised for the Captains’ charity.

Jack Vernal, off sixteen, had an extraordinary round in the Seniors’ November Medal on Monday. Despite the heavy and persistent rain, he dropped just eight shots to win division one and to take the overall Medal. Jack was the only player in both divisions to finish under par. He scored a nett 64 and also won the lowest gross. Fourteen handicapper Barry Shaw was placed second on countback ahead of John Taylor, they both scored a nett 75.

In division two, the top three all came in with a nett 83 and were separated on countback. Tom McGrath took first place, second went to Derek Palmer who also won the lowest gross. David Evans off twenty three was third.

For the first time since its inception, Order of Merit points were awarded to players who had registered and paid their Merit entry fee in the weekend’s November Medal. Adrian Cunningham heads the field again for the second week, sharing the lead and 45 merit points with Fred Aspin after they both came in with a nett 71. Carl Causbrook was third and Chris Wheatland who had another steady week was fourth ahead of Kevin Burdall, Alan Bennett, Ben Miles and George Grant all on 74. Adrian now extends his lead in the Order of Merit by almost 35 points over Chris Wheatland, Kevin Burdall moves up to third place. Fred Aspin jumps from twentieth place to fourth. Graham Smith, who won week one, rounds off the top five.

Don’t forget the Members’ Forums later this month – by attending you’ll get to hear first hand what the Club plans for 2014 and beyond. The first one is on Wednesday 27th and starts at 2.30. The second will be on Thursday 28th and starts at 19:00. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Hope to see you there!


Adrian takes the lead in Greetham Valley’s Order of Merit

Adrian CunninghamThirty nine players took part in week two of the Winter Order of Merit last Sunday. Missing was week one winner Graham Smith who, due to family commitments, will also miss next week’s combined Order of Merit and November Medal competition. The scores were slightly lower this week as many of the competitors struggled in high winds and occasional heavy rain squalls on the Lakes course. However, Adrian Cunningham, playing off 28 had no such problems. Adrian, who won the final round of the 2012/13 series with 46 points, won this week’s round with a total of 39 points. He had a great start with 22 points on the front nine. However, he then succumbed to the Rutland weather conditions like everybody else and found the back nine much tougher as the wind grew stronger and pulled in heavier rain.

Adrian “scored” his first blob at the par three 14th when he put two balls into the water but he bounced back with a birdie on the par five 15th. He struggled on the 17th and endured another blob but managed to bogie the last to give him 17 points for the back nine. Adrian reported that he found it tough going but said that his playing partners, Paul Jenkinson and Keith Goodacre gave him lots of encouragement. He will play the next round off 26 having been docked two shots.

Kevin Burdall took second place with 37 points just ahead of Alan Bennett with 36. Kevin will lose one shot and will play off 19 in the next round and Alan loses point five to take him to 7 next Sunday. John Sparks had another good week with 35 points to take fourth spot. Last year’s winner Steve Anderson, Chris Wheatland, David Copley, Kevin Hingle and Paul Jenkinson were all a further point behind on 34.

The overall leaderboard table has changed in the absence of week one leader Graham Smith who drops to second place with 50 points. Adrian Cunningham moves up from 16th position to head the leaderboard with 53. John Sparks jumps from sixth to third with another consistent round, he has 42 points. Kevin Burdall, who played his first game of the series on Sunday, moves straight into a joint fourth place with Peter Bagshaw, they are both on 40 points. It’s worth pointing out that it’s very early in the 22 week series, so the top places will no doubt change many times between now and the final on 30th March.

High winds kept the scoring down when the Ladies played in the end of year Former Ladies Captains competition on the Lakes course. Eve Mills, off 17, was the winner on the day. Eve said that it was played in very tough conditions but she was pleased to have ended the day with a win. 18 handicapper Jackie Friend was second on countback pushing Angela Wheeler, off 17, back into third place. Beryl Crosland took fourth place and Rena Lister rounded off the top five.

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Kick off for Greetham Valley’s Winter Order of Merit

Graham SmithThe first round of the Winter Order of Merit got off to a good start on the Lakes course on Saturday. Players had to contend with the high wind and a few spots of rain that threatened Rutland but that is nothing to what they will have to contend with once winter makes itself known! Renowned wind player Graham Smith dropped only three shots on the front nine and improved by completing the back nine in one under par to finish on 40 points. Playing of six, Graham said that he always enjoys playing in the wind as it adds an extra challenge. He had two shots chopped from his handicap and will play off four next Sunday.

Graham’s playing partner Peter Bagshaw, who plays off nine, also had a great round and was only one shot further back on 39 points: he was docked one shot. Another single figure handicapper, Simon Bateman off six, secured third place on countback and loses point five from his handicap. He edged out 2013 champion Steve Anderson and Chris Wheatland who both finished with 38 points.

Two former Captains, John Sparks and Bob Beverley, shared sixth place. They came in with 37 points, just one shot ahead of David Copley, Michael Fish, Gary Graham and Nick Cunnington who all scored 36 points to round off the top eleven.

Only time will tell if Graham can sustain the early lead as the week one winner has never managed to secure the end of season trophy. The Order of Merit moves to Sunday next week with many players returning from holidays to start their campaign of the twenty two week series.

Neil Harris said that he was very pleased that this has grown from the initial twenty competitors playing in it a few years ago, into a full club competition. Two of the rounds will be played in conjunction with Medal competitions, in November and March, competitors will have the choice of adding their score into the Order of Merit providing that they sign up for it at the same time as they sign up for the Medal and pay an extra £1 to the usual £3 Medal fee. The good news is that if they do well in the medal, they won’t be cut in the Order of Merit.

CDue to the wrong information being displayed on the “How Did I Do” website, the wrong person was credited with winning the Ladies’ nine hole stableford last week. The actual winner was Christine Slattery. Unfortunately, this, along with my “ladies of a certain age” comment, meant that I was limping after an encounter with a very attractive gang of ladies in the clubhouse.

The Ladies Medal Winners competition took place on Sunday on the Lakes course in rain and gusting winds which really took its toll on the back nine. Sophie Beardsall playing off one had a great start with five pars and two birdies, she went on to win both the competition and the lowest gross prize. Liz Haughton, who seems to be in the top three almost every time she competes, was second and Ladies’ captain-in-waiting Bev Dolman who did such a good job with the Mixed Team during the year, took third place.


Tony, Liz and Sue battle the weather to win Stablefords

Tony MouldThe October Stableford competitions turned into a survival test last Wednesday! Fog covered the golf courses in the morning with visibility restricted to a couple of hundred yards. This cleared towards midday only for it to pour down for the rest of the day.

In the Men’s competition, eight handicapper Tony Mould braved the conditions to win with a score of 37 points. He said that the rain came as they were halfway round and it wasn’t worth walking in as he was playing quite well in spite of the conditions and he felt that as he was already soaking wet, he couldn’t get much wetter anyway. Three players came in with 34 points and were separated on countback. Eleven handicapper Andy Hardy took second, Brian Ross off twenty three was third and Neil Lowndes off nine was pushed back into fourth.

Some of the Ladies came in after nine holes but the rest battled on through the dreadful Rutland weather conditions. Liz Haughton came in first for the second week on the trot with 36 points. Liz took the win on countback from Julia Thirlwell, Gill Tarrant was third.

They all deserve a large scotch (for medicinal purposes only, of course) and a huge pat on the back as they managed to keep playing in conditions that you wouldn’t let your pets out in!

 

Ladies of a certain age, (just a little over twenty one) had a nine hole Stableford competition on the same day. This was won by Sue Findlay, Mavis Lucas was second and Maureen Wildblood took third.

The final Qualifying Medal of the year took place on the Lakes on Saturday in warm but breezy conditions. The competition was in two divisions. In the first, Ralph Clark, playing off eleven, took the honours with a nett score of 69. Ralph had three double bogies in his round but also managed to get two birdies and a good number of pars. Robert Lewin, off twelve, took second place with a sterling nett 70 on countback from Club Captain Trevor Smith, playing off one. Trevor was one under for the front nine and going along quite well in the back nine until a strange bounce on the par three 14th carried his ball into the pond behind the green, Trevor lost his whole handicap allowance with a five. Undeterred, he set himself the target of birdying the final four holes and very nearly did it. He managed it on the 15th and 18th and almost did it on the other two only to see his ball just lip out on both holes. Trevor also won the lowest gross.

James Kearney won division two with a nett 70, he also shared the lowest gross prize with James Gore. Dave Smith and Stuart Knowles took second and third on countback after both scored a nett 71.

Joe Dalziel, who plays off twenty four, had taken second place in the Pairs Betterball a couple of weeks ago with partner Kenny Boyd, hit a fantastic iron shot on the par three 6th. It hit the green, checked slightly and then rolled into the hole for a great hole in one. This was Joe’s first and was celebrated in style with a bottle of Oban’s best scotch on the bar. Joe said that he hit the ball straight at the flag and when it landed he thought that he was in for a two but couldn’t believe his eyes when it dropped majestically into the hole. Joe will also take delivery of a brand new Boss watch for his achievement.

Greetham Valley’s Mixed Team played their final match of the season at home to neighbours Rutland County. The result was an honourable half. Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman said that she had enjoyed all the matches this season and thanked everybody who had played in them. Bev will hand the Mixed Team Captaincy over to her Vice Captain when she takes on her year as Ladies’ Captain in 2014.