Medal competitions see handicaps sliced

Greetham Valley members had two chances to get their handicaps cut this week with two medal competitions only a few days apart.

In the Midweek Medal which was played on the Lakes course and off white tees, five handicapper Graham Smith had his best round of the year to take the win. Graham parred the first to get off to a good start then promptly dropped two shots on the next two holes to go one over, he dropped just one more shot on the ninth to make him plus one for the front nine.

Graham started the back nine off with a bogie on the par three tenth, after that slight miscalculation he parred five of the remaining holes and had three birdies on the trot. The first was on the par three fourteenth followed by the par five fifteenth and then the most difficult hole on the course, the par five sixteenth. This fantastic back nine saw him finish just one over for his round and gave him a net score of 68; he also won the lowest gross.

Graham, who has an almost ideal temperament for golf, said that he regretted the slight errors that led to his four bogies but he was extremely pleased with his game overall and hoped to carry that form on to the Club Championships in just a couple of weeks time.

Eleven handicapper Steve Pearce also had a net 68 but lost it on count back to claim second place. Count back was also used to separate Steve Hall and Paul Pritchett who came in with a net 71, Steve took third place after a better back nine.

In the June Medal, which is played in two divisions, eight  handicapper Adam Clegg won division one and the overall medal with a round that got off to a pretty bad start when he bogied the first two holes and had a nightmare double on the fourth. However three birdies saw him regain control of his round to leave him only one over for the front nine.

Adam dropped a shot on the eleventh, then it was pars all the way until the last hole which he birdied to finish with a gross 73, net 65. He said that he was proud of the way that he kept his focus after such a bad start and while the bogies were unfortunate he was extremely pleased with the rest of his game, Adam also won the lowest gross and was cut to seven.

Thirteen handicapper Michael Fish saw his handicap cut to twelve after taking second spot with a gross 80, net 67. Mark Haynes, Rory Ludbrook and Neil Harris all finished with a net 68 and had to be separated on count back. Mark took third and Rory and Neil were pushed back to fourth and fifth respectively.

Sixteen handicapper Steve Wilcockson won division two on count back from Eifion Hughes after both players scored a net 70, Steve also won the lowest gross with a fine 86 and was cut to fifteen.

Count back was also employed to decide the third and fourth places, Mark Musgrove took third place and the unfortunate Jason Orridge was placed fourth. Both players came home with a net 71.