Lincolnshire League teams continue fine run of form

Both of Greetham Valley’s gents League teams continue their fine run of form. The First Team played their final home match of the season against Boston this weekend and recorded a great 5-1 win. Wins for Nick Cunnington and Darren Sargood, George Grant and Chris Steele, Ray Gladwinfield with Pete Dickinson and Paul and Adam Clegg were backed up with halves by Graham Smith and Richard Wilson and Alan Bennett with John Peyser. With 2 away matches left to play, Greetham Valley are just 1 point off top place and confident that they can win the league this year.

The 2nd Team played at Boston and were sitting on the top of the league before a ball was struck. Out first were Neil Crees and Kev Hingle, who held their their nerves to record a win on the final hole. Darren Haughton with playing partner Tom Haynes had a very convincing 7 and 6 win whilst Dave Pusch and Ally McNaughton, who were down early in their game, came back strongly to register a fine 3 and 1 win. With the team now 3 up all was looking good but in match 4 Dave Morgan and Captain Mark Mousley came second. Jon Herbert and Dave Prichett also lost their game on the 18th to make the final match result crucial. As needed, Carl Causbrook and Paul Jenkinson held their own to take the game with a 1 up win. The team score of a win by 4 to 2 kept Greetham Valley on top of the league. With only one match remaining (against Thorney Lakes who are bottom of the league) the second team are also hopeful of winning their league.

The hot weather over the past days has seen good scoring in the various competitions at Greetham Valley. On Thursday, the midweek stableford competition was played on the Lakes course and nearly fifty players set out to tame the course; with a number returning better than par scores there was tight competition for the top places. Third place went to First Team Captain, Chris Steele, with a fine score of 39 points; Chris, playing off 5, carded two birdies and five bogeys and parred the balance of his round. Second place went to Darren Want (on countback, also with 39) in spite of a failure to score on the final hole as he had a fantastic back nine with 7 pars and a birdie. The overall winner was Greg Dobbs with 40 points, in spite of starting his round with a null score on the first; thereafter Greg knuckled down to play steady golf for the rest of the round.

On Sunday the Beryl Crosland Memorial Trophy was contested by Ladies and Gents sections on the Valley course with a combined field of 90. In the Gents section, young Winston Childs, playing off 27, scored a great 45 points which would have been so much better if he had not failed to score on 16 and 17 (oh Winston…Winston!) although he did birdie the final hole; notwithstanding this, Winston was delighted to be cut to 23. Second place was taken by Joe Sargood (also a junior like Winston) with 46 points and he, also, had a failure to score on the 13th; notwithstanding that disaster Joe did manage to card two birdies and eight pars in his round. Joe is now playing off 17. The overall top spot was awarded to Gary Coaten (playing off 17) with a score of 47 points (in a round of 74 gross). Gary’s round was a model of a low handicapper’s consistency with 13 pars and four bogeys; as a result of his excellent round Gary’s handicap has been reduced to 14.

In the same competition, the Ladies’ places were taken by Lesley Young in third place with 39 points and she, like a number of players, had trouble with registering a score on the first hole but thereafter scored consistently and regularly. Second place was taken by Izzy Haughton (20) with 40 points who was undone on the long fifth hole (but still managed to register a score) but then recovered to accumulate points regularly thereafter. The overall winner was Ladies’ Captain, Susie Ellis, (who clearly wanted to go one better than her husband who came second in the 19-28 championship) and carded 42 points to be the clear Ladies’ winner; Susie’s round had a middle section of 12 holes where she only dropped 7 shots to par, and in spite of tiring over the last four holes she had done enough to take the podium. For her excellent efforts, Susie was cut to 20 for the next competitions.

The Ladies also played a mid-week medal in which Liz Haughton took third place with a nett score of 73 in a round which included 4 birdies and two double bogeys. Second place went to Annie McCulloch with a nett 71 and a fine round which wilted on the final two holes where she carded double bogeys. The overall winner was Izzy Haughton with a fine 68 and a round which included nothing worse than a double bogey and a strong finish on the last four holes. Alongside the Medal competition, the Ladies played a nine hole qualifier which was won by Julia Thirlwell with 18 points, in spite of having a disaster on the second hole.

The Seniors Section had their Captain’s Day in fine weather on Monday. As a change, on what is played as a ‘fun day’, the captain decided to play a competition based on red tees and the red scorecard; as might be expected this produced interesting scoring. The winning score in the individual competition was Keith Godwin with 46 points whilst Alan Sorlie won the best score on the Academy course (23 points off 1/4 handicap). The overall winner, with a combined score of 65 over both Lakes and Academy courses, was Fred Want.