First Team win, Ladies’ Invitation & Pat Holloway Trophy

High flying Burghley Park Golf Club visited Greetham Valley on Saturday, keen to extend the good form they have shown so far this season. With many of Greetham Valley’s First Team away or unavailable, the visitors could sense a victory was on the cards. However, after inflicting a whitewash upon Gedney Hill last time out, Captain Neil Harris had assembled a side determined to prove their worth. Chris Steele and debutant Steve Anderson battled hard to finish two up, this was quickly followed by an emphatic six and five win for Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson. Another epic tussle saw George Grant and second debutant Ben Easson finish all square after a tense final hole. Simon Bateman and yet another debutant Peter De Kremer failed to overpower the visitors and were defeated four and three. However, Captain Neil Harris and final debutant Tony Veasey reversed the previous score with a four and three win. With the league points already secured the final game with Fraser Denholm and Dean Greetham became academic and although they were all square through sixteen, the visitors managed to finish one up on the last hole. The result was a brilliant three and a half to two and a half win for the Greetham Valley  team.

Neil said “It was an important game for us and with so many regular players missing, we had to battle very hard. The core of the team were well supported by many new players making their first appearance for the First Team. I couldn’t have asked for any more from each and every one of them. A fantastic performance which we must use and build on for the remainder of the season, and with two away fixtures to follow, we will have to work hard for every point if we want to improve our league position.”

The Ladies’ Invitation this year was not blessed with the good weather normally associated with the middle of May. Instead of shorts and short sleeve shirts, hats, waterproofs and plenty of warm clothing underneath was the order of the day in an attempt to keep the very cold wind and rain at bay. As a consequence, the scoring was lower than it would normally be. The field consisted of forty four Ladies from twenty different golf clubs; this included three former Lady members who had moved to other clubs over the years. Rena Lister and one of these returnees, Sarah Whitworth came third with thirty one points. Pat Jamieson and another former member Kay Ropson, who was a very successful member of the Ladies’ Greetham Valley League team last year, came second with thirty five points. The winners were Jackie Friend and yet another former Greetham Valley Lady, Sheila Dugmore, they came in with a very credible score of thirty nine points.

A glass of Pimms was scheduled to be waiting for each competitor at the end of their round, however, Lady Captain Sheila Douty quickly changed that to a hot mulled wine to warm them up. It is the norm for competitors to comment favourably upon the courses at Greetham Valley but they all had extra praise for the quality of the greens set up by course manager Adi Porter and his team. Sheila Douty had another reason to thank Adi, she had forgotten to ask him to paint a line on the eleventh for the straightest drive but after a hasty call to Adi at ten thirty the night before, the line was in place by the time Sheila arrived to set up for the competition.

Ladies Vice Captain Bev Dolman didn’t take long to settle in after her recent holiday, she took the win in the Pat Holloway Trophy with a score of thirty six points and was cut to eleven. Second, on count back, was County player Emma Tipping who came in with thirty three points. Sue Clegg was pushed back into third but was very happy to be in the top three as she has only been playing for a short while.