Steve wins hotly contested June Medal

Steve BurgonThe June Medal was played off white tees on the Lakes course, the weather had changed from sunny to overcast but at least it was dry. Steve Burgon, off sixteen and playing in division two, had an absolutely fantastic game, he came off the 16th green having dropped just eight shots, only to have a nightmare finish. Steve had a treble bogie on the 17th after hitting his drive out of bounds, he then went on to shoot a double on the 18th. He said that a small lapse in concentration was all it took to throw away five shots in two holes. However, and much to his surprise, his nett sixty nine was still enough to win the medal and see him cut to fourteen. Steve said that he could have kicked himself for the silly errors that cost him a fantastic round and a possible cut to twelve; having said that, he was very pleased that the hard work that he put in for most of his round was rewarded. Steve shared the lowest gross with second placed David Holmes and Iain Bain who took third, they all scored an eighty five gross.

Neil Ross won division one with a nett seventy one, the three places behind him were settled on count back after they all came in with a nett seventy two. Dave Pusch took second, Dave Copley was third and Steve Anderson was pushed back into fourth. Nick Cunnington and Ben Gasson shared the lowest gross after shooting a gross seventy eight. Jack Chisholm won division three with a nett seventy, Andrew Cooley was only one shot behind in second place, he also won the lowest gross. Two players were split on count back after both shot a nett seventy two, Adrian Cunningham took third and Mark Musgrove was pushed into fourth place.

The First Team travelled to Sutton Bridge on Saturday hoping to retain the top position in the league but, with a player ill and insufficient time to arrange a replacement, the task suddenly became more difficult. Captain Neil Harris had a difficult choice to make – who to send out alone against a home pairing. Neil decided that it would be unfair to ask anybody else so he did it. Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson battled all the way to the 18th for a well deserved half. Chris Steele and Scotty Stephenson cruised home with a six and four win. The father and son pairing of Paul and Adam Clegg followed suit with a solid five and four victory to place Greetham Valley in a good position to take all the league points. However the home side fought back and despite an heroic effort from Fraser Denholm and Bob Green they were unlucky to finish one down in the end. Greetham Valley needed one win from either of the last two games still out on the course and with the final pairing of George Grant and Ally McNaughton struggling to overcome the home pairing the pressure was mounting. George and Ally finally lost out, finishing four and two down.

It now all depended upon Neil Harris in the final game on the course. Having trailed early in his match, Neil managed to hold a slender lead at the turn, only to see it reversed after twelve holes. However wins for Neil on the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth provided a one hole lead which was maintained for the remaining holes resulting in an epic three and a half to two and a half victory for the Greetham Valley team.

Neil said “Arriving with a man down just made the task that little bit harder, but the whole team just rolled their sleeves up and battled hard to the very end for a truly solid team performance. The spirit in the team is good but we cannot relax with difficult fixtures both home and away ahead of us.” Their next game is away at Tydd St. Giles on the 22nd of this month.

Tyrone Moreno-Melgar won the June Midweek Medal which was played on the par sixty eight Valley course. Tyrone off fifteen came home with a fantastic nett sixty two and was cut to thirteen. Three players finished with a nett sixty four, twenty two handicapper Simon Bell was second and was cut to twenty. Four handicapper and first team regular Andrew Frisby took third. Paul Downs who won the 19-28 Championship last week was fourth and saw his handicap cut to eighteen. This means that Paul is now eligible for the two day 0-18 Championship next month.

The Ladies’ June Medal was played on the Lakes course on Sunday and was won by Gilly Grant. Gilly, playing off ten, shot a gross eighty four to take the win and the lowest gross. Helen Woolley was second with a nett eighty and Sue Brand was just one shot behind in third.

Greetham Valley’s Second Team played against Toft at home on Saturday. They won the first three games and needed just a half to take full points, however, the remaining three Toft pairs fought back and the result was a halved match. Team Captain Alan Bennett said that it was a small set back but they are still in a good position to gain promotion and possibly win the league.