Golf: Results and news from Greetham Valley Golf Club

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On the hottest day of the year so far the ladies took to the Lakes course to compete in the ladies scratch to 24 handicap championships.

Unlike the men who play theirs over two days with a cut after the first, the ladies play the first round in the morning and the second in the afternoon.

Defending champion Sophie Beardsall, who has won for the past seven years, felt that the competition was tougher this year than in any other.

After the first round Sophie, who had started out well with a couple of birdies had a poor finish to end her round with a gross 72.

Fellow county team member Emma Tipping was in second place with 76 and Bev Dolman off eleven shot 85 to take third.

The course saw a big change in the second round when the cooling breeze suddenly started to blow until it was easily a two club wind and made scoring that much more difficult.

Sophie uncharacteristically for her, had a couple of three putts on the back nine and came home with a gross 81.

Emma shot the lowest gross of the afternoon with 79 and Kay Ropson came into the frame with an 88.

Sophie heaved a huge sigh of relief as the final score came in, she thought that she had blown her chances this year.

In the end she managed to win the Waycott Bowl for a record eighth year on the trot with 152. Emma finished second with 155 and Kay Ropson managed to push Bev Dolman into fourth place, beating her by one shot with 172.

Sophie said that she was extremely pleased to have won but for a while it was touch and go.

For the past few years Sophie has also won the Dryden Salver for the best net score, this year that honour went to Sue Ker.

Sue, who had already dropped three shots in the past week, had two consistent rounds of 73 and 74 to take the trophy and the title with a splendid 147, she also saw another shot taken off her handicap.

Sophie was second on 150 and Emma tipping was third with 151 on count back from the luckless Bev Dolman who was pushed back to fourth again.

Sue said that winning the medal last week had really given her a greater confidence in her abilities and hopes that she can carry this on through the year.

Lesley Young, who was second in the Ladies Landover Trophy last week, didn’t manage to get into the prizes in the championship but she did have the best net round of the day when everybody else struggled in the high wind.

She had a fantastic round of 71, including a hole-in-one on the tough par three 14th, unfortunately her morning round of 83, which included several putts that just lipped out, took her out of contention.

Lesley was cut by another shot, this takes her to 19, just one short of her target for the year.

The Ladies Bunny Cup competition for 25 plus handicappers took place on the same afternoon.

Long-hitting Jo Morris had a birdie on the tough par four 17th to help her complete a round of 34 points to take the trophy and lose a shot off her handicap. Bryony Batch was third with 29 and Christine Slattery who scored 28 points was third.

Kay Ropson won the ladies midweek medal with a splendid 84, net 76. Gillian Upton was second with 106, net 79 and former ladies president Beryl Crossland off 17 was third with a gross 98, net 81.

Former men’s captain Neil Crees came fourth in the 88-strong field in the English Captains Union regional qualifier last week at Longcliffe with a score of 35 points.

Neil has now qualified for the three day national finals in August at Alwoodley.

Neil also qualified for the finals in his captain’s year in 2010 and won it, the Greetham Valley management and members all wish him the very best of luck.

Peter Giblett won division one of the July seniors medal and the lowest gross with a 79 net 67 and was cut to eleven. David Aldred off 18 was second with 90, net 72 and 14 handicapper Keith Godwin was third, he shot a gross 88, net 74.

In the second division, 83-year-old Les Dickinson off 20 took the win and the lowest gross with an 87 net 67 and was cut to 18.

Roy Foster was second with 92 net 69 and was cut to 22. Seniors captain Peter Macdonald Pearce was third with 97 net 72.

Greetham Valley Golf Club has announced the appointment of Jim Hetherington as its club professional.

Jim is a former director of coaching with golfing academy N1Golf and is delighted to become instated as Greetham Valley’s club professional.

He says his acceptance of the position was due mainly to the warm welcome and support he has received from many of the club members.

Jim is now also looking forward to meeting more members, new and old, and to developing the Greetham Valley Golf Academy in its own right.

He is particularly keen to develop the juniors’ programme.

To celebrate Jim’s appointment, Greetham Valley is offering three months’ free golf on the par three academy course for all ages.

Call 01780 460444 for more details.