Jordan makes plus one ahead of schedule!

Jordan BurdallCounty player and long time Greetham Valley member Jordan Burdall managed to achieve his target of scratch by October last year; his target this year was to get to plus one by the end of 2013. By winning the June Midweek Stableford competition in some style, Jordan has already achieved that goal.

He got off to a bad start in the competition by getting a bogie on the first hole – but bounced back immediately with an eagle on the par five second, this was followed by seven straight pars to put him at one under for the front nine. After par-ing the par three tenth he birdied the eleventh and followed that up with a par on the twelfth.

The thirteenth is a difficult par five for the average golfer but Jordan made it seem easy by reaching the green in two for another birdie. He parred the par three fourteenth and pummelled the next two par fives into submission by getting on in two and birdying both, this meant that he had played the four par fives in five under. A further birdie followed on the par four seventeenth but he finished as he started with an annoying bogie on the eighteenth to give him a score of forty one points. 

Jordan said that he was really annoyed with the two small lapses in concentration that cost him two points, but at least he knows what he needs to concentrate his practice on in the next few weeks! When asked where the improvement in his game had come from Jordan said “I work full time at Greetham Valley and that means that I can practise before work and sometimes after it”. He went on to say that a new fitted Nike driver has given him an extra twenty five yards off the tee and being able to use the par three Academy course to practice his short game was a fantastic bonus. His next target is to win the 0-18 Club Championships in a couple of weeks’ time, with a longer term aim of getting to plus two.

Jordan didn’t have it all his own way in the competition however: Graham Stenson also came in with forty one points but was pushed back into second place on count back and was cut to fourteen. Ben Easson was third with forty points and Paul Downs who won the nineteen to twenty eight championships a couple of weeks ago is still pushing hard to get his handicap down, he was fourth with thirty nine points and was cut to sixteen point eight.

Seniors’ member Stan Holden who passed away a few years ago while playing golf at North Shore in Skegness is remembered fondly by his many friends at Greetham Valley. Old friends and new members joined to make up a big field to compete for the trophy sponsored by his widow Pam. 

The competition was played off yellow tees which had been pushed back as far as they could be on the Lakes course and was played in two divisions. In division two Peter Wood took the win on count back with thirty eight points and was cut to twenty. An in form Frank Maguire, who won the Seniors Medal just a couple of weeks ago, was pushed back into second place and was cut to twenty two. Third and fourth were also settled on count back as both players came home with thirty seven points. Stuart Dodd took third and was cut to nineteen, Chris Dawson was fourth but saw his handicap go down to twenty six.

The winner of the trophy came from division one but it was a very close thing and was settled on count back. Ken Moore off seventeen had a great game and came in with thirty nine points to take the win thanks to a better final three holes. Ken said that he was extremely pleased with the win as just about everybody in the seniors section wanted to win the trophy; he will look forward to prize night in November when Pam Holden will be invited to present it. 

A good friend of Stan’s, Robert Birch, was gutted to lose out on count back: the fourteen handicapper, who had been playing well, bogied the final three holes to put himself out of contention. Eight handicapper Ken Porter and John Taylor off fifteen both came in with thirty seven points and also went to count back., Ken took third and John was fourth.

Greetham Valley’s First Team travelled to Tydd St Giles keen to reverse their opening fixture defeat at home. Jordan Burdall and Chris Steele had a tough match but eventually secured the first point with a two and one win. Andrew Frisby and Fraser Denholm increased Greetham’s lead, winning three and one. Father and son Paul and Adam Clegg couldn’t match ex tour pro Kevin Goode, they finished three and two down. Second team Captain Alan Bennett and Pete Dickinson, both having their first outing for the First Team, managed to secure an advantage for Greetham Valley with a three and two win. This was quickly followed by a sound performance from Club Captain Trevor Smith and former Captain Bob Green seeing off another home pairing for a four and two victory to secure all the points for Greetham. The final pairing of George Grant and Scotty Stephenson suffered a heavy defeat of six and five but it was academic as Greetham Valley had secured maximum points yet again to strengthen their league position. 

Team Captain NeiI Harris was unable to be with the team this week but said that the performances, yet again, by the whole team was very rewarding. With only three matches remaining they need to keep their focus. They entertain Blankney in two weeks time, a strong team who will no doubt be seeking revenge after being heavily defeated at home. 

Gillian Upton had a great game in the Ladies’ June Midweek Stableford played on the Lakes course. She came in to take the win with an impressive thirty eight points and was cut to twenty six. County player Emma Tipping off two was second with thirty five points and Sally Bowker off thirteen was third, she came in with  thirty three points.

 The Mixed Team are on a roll at the moment, they thrashed Kibworth at home by six games to nil in a greensomes format. Ladies’ Vice Captain Bev Dolman who is running the team this year said that they are in good form and look forward to welcoming Thorney Lakes to Greetham Valley in a couple of weeks’ time.