Almost twenty clubs were represented in the Greetham Valley Gents’ Invitation on Saturday. The Rutland weather wafting over the Lakes course was very warm but tempered by a high wind. Quite a few players in the field were affected by it but this didn’t bother Gents’ Captain Trevor Smith off two and his playing partner George Beadle from Burghley Park Golf Club, playing off scratch. Trevor birdied the first and George got another on the eighth, unfortunately, they also had two bogies, this left them at level par for the front nine. The back nine was a fantastic demonstration of good golf no matter what the conditions.
George birdied the tenth and eleventh, Trevor got into the act with birdies on the twelfth and fourteenth. Trevor then added an eagle on the par five fifteenth and a further birdie on the eighteenth to come in with forty two points. George also won the longest drive on the sixteenth. When asked what was the best part of their game on the day, George said that they gelled very well together and everything worked as well as it possibly could. Long time clubhouse leaders, Dave Smith and his partner Glenn Sharpe from Stapleford Park finished in second place with forty one points. Bob Beverly and partner Geoff Moyses were third with thirty nine. Dave Brankin from Burghley Park won nearest the pin on the tough par three tenth.
Dave Smith was in action again competing for the Rabbits Trophy held on the Lakes course the very next day. Dave had a gross ninety, nett seventy to win the trophy for the first time. Dave said that playing with Glenn Sharpe on the previous day had really helped as Glenn gave him some good advice about course management. He also took the lowest gross and was cut to nineteen. Keith Ross was second with a nett seventy two and Paul Jarvis came in with a seventy three to take third place.
Keith Godwin won division one of the Seniors’ August Stableford Qualifier and the overall competition with an excellent haul of forty two points, he was cut to thirteen. Martin Jeffery was second with forty and was cut to sixteen. Alan Sorlie took third with thirty eight, his new handicap is now fourteen.
Charles Guttridge won division two with thirty eight points, Norman Bonnor took second with thirty seven. Tom McGrath, making a welcome return to golf, was an excellent third with thirty six.
Fred Aspin was pulled in as a last minute substitute for the Stoke Rochford Seniors Invitation. He and partner Ernie Armstrong won with an amazing score of forty seven points. The pair took it on countback thanks to a back nine score of twenty six points. Two days later, Fred also won the Former Seniors’ Captains Away Day at Ruddington Grange in Nottingham, with thirty seven points.
The Captains’ Team took a narrow win in the annual Greetham Valley Staff versus Captains match on Monday afternoon. The competition was started by John Sparks and Eve Mills during their year as Captains in 2007 as a way of saying thank you to the staff. Staff Captain and Course Manager Adi Porter said that, win or lose, this is a fantastic event and is looked forward to by both sides. Goodnatured rivalry followed by a good meal is the order of the day!