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.

Seniors finish match season on a high!

Rod Wells and Robert BirchGreetham Valley’s Seniors played their last away match of the year at Belton Woods near Grantham during the week. After halving the same fixture at Greetham Valley, both teams wanted to finish off the year with a positive result, but it was the Greetham Valley team which came out victorious, with a four and a half to three and a half win. Seniors Captain Rod Wells praised his team on the day and the fifty nine different players who have contributed to the various teams throughout the season. They have won sixteen, halved four and lost thirteen of the thirty three matches that they have contested this year but everybody who played, win or lose, enjoyed themselves.

The day after, Rod and his doubles partner Robert Birch played their Seniors Doubles Final on the Lakes course in cold, damp and very windy Rutland weather conditions. With drives not going very far against the prevailing wind it all came down to the putting. The duo found themselves two down at one stage in the back nine but managed to claw that back and were one up after the 16th. The pair took the win when Robert holed his putt from just off the green on the 17th. Rod said that they were very happy with the win but went on to say that it could have gone either way in the very rough weather conditions. They will be presented with their trophy on Club Prize Presentation Evening on 15th November – a date for your diaries!

Heavy rain combined with a keen wind made the going tough in the Seniors October Medal. In division one, Steve Taylor off eighteen managed to play to just one over his handicap to win both the division and the overall medal with a nett 73. John Taylor took second place and the lowest gross prize. The next three places were settled on count back, Jack Vernal who had, just a few day’s earlier, won the Seniors division one Singles Trophy was placed third. Barry Shaw was fourth and John Dowding was fifth. The three all scored a nett 78.

In division two the honours went to a relatively new addition to the Seniors’ ranks, Michael Webb, who won it with a nett 80. Stuart Dodd was second and also won the lowest gross for the division. Denis Cleggett took third place.

Liz HaughtonLiz Haughton built upon her very successful return to golf this year by winning the Ladies October Midweek Medal played on the Lakes course. The weather conditions were quite tough with wind and rain creating havoc for all of the players. Liz, playing off 10, dropped four shots in the first eight holes but the wind which was howling across the course caused her to double bogie the 9th. This was her only double of the round and she finished by shooting a nett 75 to win on countback from Janet Dandeker, who was playing off 23. Liz said that it was very tough but she was pleased with the way that she kept battling. Liz has a golf mad family, her two daughters started to play this year as juniors under the watchful eye of husband and eleven handicapper Darren and Greetham Valley coach Jim Hetherington. Chris Slattery playing off 26 was third and one handicapper Emma Tipping won the lowest gross.

Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman, who is also the Lincolnshire Ladies County Secretary, played in the Jubilee Trophy, which is a greensomes stableford, on Sunday at Blankney Golf Club. The Captains from every golf club in Lincolnshire were eligible to play, as were the county officials. The conditions to start with were pretty horrible after almost three days of solid rain and driving wind, thankfully, the rain lessened as the day wore on. Bev, playing off twelve, partnered County Captain Paul Morrison who plays off four and, considering the length of the Blankney course and the conditions, they managed a very creditable third place scoring 38 points. The trophy was won on countback by David Spence and Margaret Hartley from Elsham Golf Club with 40 points. Second place went to Peter Woodward and Angela Drayton from Welton Manor. Greetham Valley Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty were fifth on thirty six points.

The Weekend Ladies Medal and the President’s Invitation were both casualties of the heavy rain over the weekend. Secretary Dennis Millington is looking at alternative dates so keep your eye on the notice board.

Gentlemen! Trevor invites you to Greetham Valley’s Captain’s Dinner

tommy-boothGents’ Captain Trevor Smith invites all Greetham Valley Golf Club gentlemen members and their male guests to the Captain’s Dinner on Friday 8th November.

Trevor has chosen ex England and Manchester City player Tommy Booth as the after dinner speaker. He began his career with Manchester City, turning professional in 1967.

Described as the perfect centre half by none other than Joe Mercer, Tommy Booth was great in the air, had perfect temperament, showed great control with the ball, could get past opponents without losing it, and start an attack with a drilling pass from behind. He was one of Mercer’s favourite players and an invaluable member of the City side that won everything from 1968 to 1976. So let’s hear how he did it, with lots of amusing anecdotes and name dropping alongside – Q and A session afterwards!

Tickets: £22.50pp from hotel reception

Dress code: Black tie or lounge suit

Arrive: 7.30pm     Dinner: 8pm


Leek and potato soup
served with a roll and butter

Homemade chicken liver pate
served with dressed leaves, crusty bread and homemade chutney
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Roast sirloin of beef
served with Yorkshire pudding, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables and pan gravy
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Warm apple pie
served with lashings of custard

Cream filled profiteroles
smothered in a Baileys chocolate sauce
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Platter of cheeses
served with savoury biscuits, celery, grapes and homemade chutney
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Tea, coffee and mints
Please let us know as soon as possible of any specific dietary requirements




Leon and Carl buck the trend to win Pairs Betterball

Leon-and-CarlThe usual playing format for a pairs betterball stableford competition is a low handicapper and a high one, this gives the pairs a few shots to play with in case of the odd mistake, and as the handicap allowance is three quarters, that makes a lot of sense.

However, Leon Wyche, off eight and his partner Carl Harris, off nine, felt confident enough in their own abilities to buck the trend and do it their way.

On the front nine the pair had two birdies and no bogies to give them 23 points in the bank. The only hole the pair dropped a shot on was the par four 11th but they soon bounced back with a birdie on the next. With 22 points scored on the back nine, they blitzed the field with an unbeatable total of 45 points. Leon said that they just felt very comfortable with each others game and felt confident that if one of them should struggle on a hole, the other would be okay and that is exactly how it turned out. The pair who play together on a regular basis described it as one of the best doubles games that they had been involved in.

Kenny Boyd off eleven and Joe Dalziel off twenty four were second with 42 points. Andrew Frisby off three and his partner Paul Downs off fourteen were third on 41 points. Another pairing, Scotty Stevenson and James Ablett came in with 43 points but were relegated from a possible second place as their marker had unfortunately put the scores into the wrong column.

The Ladies’ competition was poorly attended as most of them were on an away break. However, Ladies’ Captain Sheila Douty and her partner Heather Morgan had a fantastic game to come in with a great score of 40 points, four under to take the win. Sheila said that they had gelled well together and didn’t drop many shots overall. Second place went to Jill Canning and Helen Woolley with thirty eight points.

Plus two handicapper Jordan Burdall pushed his father Kevin back into second place in a competition last month but Kevin managed to turn the tables on his son in the October Midweek Medal played on the par 68 Valley course. Kevin took the win with a gross 84, nett 64. Jordan had a gross 64, nett 66 to claim second place and four handicapper Ryan Tarrant had just the one bad hole but that was enough to push him back into third with a gross 70, nett 66.

Opportunity for a PGA golf professional at Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley Golf Club has an exciting opportunity for a Golf Professional to join our busy operation at the largest golf complex in Rutland and surrounding area.

The successful candidate will be PGA qualified and have a proven track record in delivering the highest quality of product and service.

  • Individual and Group Tuition
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  • Shop stock, merchandise and sales
  • Golf Club and member liaison

You will be highly motivated with self drive to succeed; an excellent communicator and used to working as part of a team as well as on your own initiative.

Interested PGA qualified applicants should send their full CV by e-mail to

Closing date for applications is 18th October 2013

Andrew wins Sturgess Volvo Trophy in style

Andrew FrisbyThe Sturgess Volvo Trophy that was postponed a few weeks ago because of heavy rain and lightning was competed for last Saturday on the Lakes course. The day started out dull and dry, with very little in the way off wind, just the way three handicapper Andrew “Fris” Frisby likes it. He got off to a good start with four pars but a little lip out on the fifth saw him drop a shot. Five more pars and a birdie on the eighth followed. Andrew the dropped another shot on the par three twelfth after yet another lip out but followed this up with two more birdies and four more pars for the lowest gross round of the day, 71. Andrew won the competition with a nett 68 and was cut to 2.5. His penchant for lip outs on the day raised its’ head again on the par four eighteenth when another just lipped out for a par instead of another birdie.

Andrew has come second in a couple of competitions this year on countback and said that it felt good to clinch the last big trophy of the year by winning on countback this time. He said that he has been playing a lot both in competitions and as a member of the First Team but he always finds time to practice as much as he can and this, more than, anything has really paid off for him this year.

The players going out after 11am encountered a strengthening wind which gusted between one and two clubs for the remainder of the day.  Andrew Bass playing off seven was pushed back into second place on countback. Andrew had a strong round, dropping just the one shot up to and including the 17th. However, a double bogie on the last hole cost him dearly; he was cut to six. Michael Fish off twelve was cut to eleven after carding a nett 69 to take third place.

The Seniors played on the Lakes course on Monday for their September stableford qualifier. Greetham Valley Handicap Secretary Bernard Bell, off sixteen, won division one and the overall competition with a very steady 39 points on countback from nine handicapper Neil Lowndes, Bernard was cut to fifteen. Steve Lakeman off sixteen was third with thirty six.

Dick Thirlwell off twenty two beat Brian Young on countback to take the win in division two, both players scored 38 points. Four players came in with 36 points and were separated on countback. Derek Palmer took third, Mike Guy was fourth, fifth place went to Charles Guttridge and Brian Edwards was placed sixth.

For the fifth year in succession, the Lincolnshire Ladies County Team made it into the County Finals, held this year at Wilmslow Golf Club. The round robin, match play championship is contested by six teams, each representing one of the England Golf women’s regions East, Midlands North, Midlands South, North, South and South West. Three matches take place each day for five days. Teams play three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon. The eventual winner is the England women’s champion county.

The top two teams from the week, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire met on the final day for a winner takes all final shoot out. Yorkshire came out on top but the Lincolnshire team put up a great fight. Greetham Valley members Sophie Beardsall and Emma Tipping, who were part of the Lincolnshire team, were disappointed but said that on the day,Yorkshire were just too strong. Greetham Valley Managing Director Robert Hinch said that the members and management were very proud of Sophie and Emma and congratulated them on yet another strong showing.

September midweek medal results

Jordan BurdallJordan Burdall celebrated being cut to plus two by winning the September Midweek Medal in style. With five birdies and six pars after the first eleven holes Jordan could be forgiven for thinking that he had a chance to break the course record of 65 that he set just a few weeks ago. However, this was spoiled by a rare error on the par 3 12th hole: Jordan lost his ball and ended up with a double bogie and no score for the hole, tough for mere mortals but for a plus two handicapper this could have been disastrous. He bounced back immediately with three pars and two more birdies to close with 39 points and a gross score of 68. Jordan said that he was annoyed with himself for the silly mistake on the 12th but overall was very pleased with his course management. Andy Hardy off eleven was second with 38 points. Third and fourth were settled on count back, Tim Brown was third and Jordan’s father Kevin was pushed back into fourth, both came in with 37 points. Jordan and every other contestant will be trying to win the last big trophy of the year this coming weekend – the Sturgess Volvo competition was cancelled due to heavy rain, thunder and lightning earlier in the year.

Liz Haughton got off to a bad start in the Ladies September Midweek Medal with a double bogie on the first hole of the Lakes course. Liz, playing off ten, bounced back by parring the next two holes. Like Jordan, Liz was also attacked by the tough 12th hole, she also registered a no score but kept grinding to win the competition. Liz said that it was an up and down round but enjoyable because she kept concentrating and didn’t let the small errors knock her off course. Sue Findlay was second and seventeen handicapper Eve Mills was third.

Greetham Valley Seniors “entertained” Scraptoft Seniors on the Lakes course in a match that had been postponed because of heavy rain earlier in the year. Eighty five year old George Cooper, playing with stand-in Captain David Wallace, amazed everybody by shooting a gross 84, one under his age. David, who is no slouch as a golfer himself, said that considering his age, George’s round was one of the best display of seniors’ golf he has ever seen. He went on to say that it was not only a pleasure to witness it, but it made their game a lot easier to win. Several other players were on form on the day as Greetham Valley went on to win by seven games to one. Just a few days earlier, Captain Neil Sellars and his C team beat the Scraptoft Rabbits team five and a half to two and half on the Lakes course. Neil will take his boys a few miles up the A1 this week for their final game of the season away to Belton Park. 

Captains’ Charity Fund and Knockout competition results

Graham KingsparkeThe Club Captains’ Charity Fund Day is a stableford competition, played on the Lakes course. As the name suggests, the day also helps to raise funds for the Captains’ Charity, which this year is the Peterborough Neonatal Unit. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty said that the generosity and support from the members in these cash strapped times has been fantastic and they raised almost £400 on the day. The President’s Charity Trophy was also up for grabs for the winner of the men’s competition: this is one of Greetham Valley’s oldest trophies.

The top three in the men’s competition were all low handicappers and the result was very close with countback being used to separate the top two. Graham Kingspark playing off nine, joined the club almost a year ago after moving up from his native Devon. He had three bogies on the front nine but managed to get one of the dropped shots back with a birdie on the sixth, this gave him 20 points for the front nine. Graham got the back nine off to a bad start with bogies on the tenth and eleventh but again managed to bounce back with a birdie on the twelfth to get his second two of the day. Graham then had five pars to put himself into contention but dropped a shot on the eighteenth to a tough pin position. His 21 points on the back nine were enough to give him a total of 41 and was enough to take the win on count back: he was cut to eight. Graham said that overall he was really happy with the way that he played but was slightly annoyed with himself for dropping a shot on the last hole as he could have lost the competition because of it.

First team player Andrew Frisby, off three, had a fantastic front nine with seven pars and two birdies and was level par on the back nine with five pars, two birdies and two bogies. Again, it was the tough pin position on the eighteenth that really spoiled Andrew’s round. Like Graham, he dropped a shot on the eighteenth and that made the difference, Andrew was second on count back after also scoring 41 points.

Former Captain Neil Crees, off eight, got his game off to a terrible start with a treble bogie seven on the first hole, he bounced straight back with a birdie on the second. Neil went on to drop three more shots on the front nine but parred the back nine to come home with a total of 40 points and was cut to seven.

Jacky Bayley won the Ladies’ Captains’ Charity Trophy with a hard fought round of 38 points. Jacky made life very difficult for herself by blobbing a couple of holes but managed to keep her concentration high, enabling her to come in, thanks to a lot of hard work, with a birdie and six pars; she was cut to seventeen. Liz Haughton off ten didn’t drop a shot until the seventh hole after six straight pars, she finished with 36 points to take second. Third place went to scratch player Sophie Beardsall with 33 points.

Most of the knockout competitions were decided last Sunday in very cold conditions and in winds with gusts up to eighty miles an hour. The Division One Singles title went to Ian Bains who beat Kevin Hingle four and three. The Division Two Singles final was held a couple of days earlier, when Paul Child-Freeman beat John Holroyd two and one to take his first ever title. Captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty beat Steff Dutton and Nicola Toon to take the Mixed Doubles title. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman beat Sue Brand in the Ladies Singles Final. Ray Gladwinfield and Mark Hibbitt beat Steve Chisholm and Steve Burgon in the Doubles Final.  After a bad start to the year with snow and rain for the first four months of the year, some wondered if they would be able to squeeze all of the games in.  All of the winners will be presented with their prizes on prize night on 15th November – put it in your diary!