Members from over twenty five different golf clubs were invited to play as guests in the Greetham Valley Seniors’ Invitation held on a fine sunny Rutland day with hardly a breath of wind on a well prepared Lakes course.
Fred Aspin and playing partner David Jackson from Burghley Park Golf Club got off to a great start by parring the first and birdieing the second; the pair went on to par the next six holes and birdie the ninth to give themselves twenty four points for the front nine. The pair kept up the momentum and parred the next six holes to put themselves into contention for the win. It all went a little wrong on the par five sixteenth when both players three putted after both hit good shots to get on the green in regulation, this was the first bogie of the day. This was quickly followed by another on the par four seventeenth after one of them landed in the rough fringe at the back of the green and the other landed in the very deep right hand bunker.
They needed to par or birdie on the tough par four eighteenth to be in with a chance of winning, they just missed the putt for the birdie but a simple tap in secured the par to give them a solid score of forty four points.
After sitting down to one of Greetham Valley’s famous carveries, the pair had to wait for the final five team scores to come in to see if the two rather silly bogies had cost them the trophy, luckily they hadn’t, as they were informed that they had won by two clear points.
Dave Jackson said that they had fitted in well together, when one was out of the hole, the other was in it. The two birdies and fourteen pars were great but the mistakes that led to the bogies were irritating lapses in concentration.
Neil Harris and his partner Geoff Hacket from Ruddington Grange, who were the long time club house leaders, were second with forty two points. Paul Hipwell and partner Rod Wright from Burghley Park were third on count back with forty one points from Keith Godwin and his brother from Hallows Golf Club.
Neil Lowndes won the longest drive and Terry McNulty took the nearest the pin prize. Sponsor Les Dickinson and Seniors Captain Peter Macdonald Pearce presented the trophy. John Dowding had a fantastic hole in one on the tough par three fourteenth.
Mike Churchill, who was at his registration desk from 8am, organised the competitors in his usual calm manner and suggested that competitors bought raffle tickets. £130 was raised for the Air Ambulance from the Raffle. Well done gents and thank you for your generosity.