Brisk scoring at Greetham’s Seniors Open


Scoring was brisk despite a three-quarter handicap when players from more than 20 clubs competed in the Greetham Valley Seniors Open on Monday.

East Midlands secretary and Greetham member Neil Harris, off six, and partner Spalding’s Wayne Wallace, off 5, won with 44 points.

On the front nine they were one under and they went even better on the back nine playing to two under.

Seniors captain Rod Wells and his brother Peter, from Castle Coombe, had led the field with 42 until almost the end of the competition when the eventual winners snatched the lead.

Three more teams came in with 42 points with Boston pairing B Marriot and E Markham from Boston Golf Club pushed to fifth on countback, Greetham’s John Taylor and Peter Wood fourth, and Milton’s M Stevens and his G Nickerson third.

Harris, who has also qualified for the televised Trilby Trophy, has also taken on the role as Secretary for the Lincolnshire Alliance and relinquished the role of first team captain.

In their last match of the season, the first team entertained Sutton Bridge at home.

Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson finished with a comfortable 4&2 win; Brian Birchall and Ryan Tarrant, Adam Clegg and Richard Wilson finished the next two games all square; Neil Harris and Nick Cunnington cruised to a comfortable 7&5 win; Scottie Stevenson and Ali McNaughton battled hard to secure a victory on the last hole; and George Grant and Ray Gladwinfield won the final game 4&3 to secure a 5-1 victory and finish off the season in style.

Neil said: “It has been a hard season. At one point we had the league title in our sights but the two home defeats cancelled out the three away victories and in the end we just didn’t have the strength in depth needed to take the title.

“All the players have battled hard throughout the season and it has been a pleasure to lead the team in my final season in the league.”

Greetham’s Ladies had good weather for their weekend medal on Sunday.

Playing on the Lakes course, Lesley Young came third with a net 76. Scratch player Sophie Beardsall, who had the lowest gross of the day with a 75, took second. Sue Brand won the medal with a fantastic nett 71 and was cut to 18.

The mixed team started their game away to Elton Furze with umbrella’s and water proofs but apart from a short two minute shower they remained dry.

Gusts of more than 50mph made play difficult and after the first four matches Elton, with home advantage, led by two and a half to one and a half but Greetham fought back to take the final two matches and the overall win.

The second team ended their season with a great draw at Toft - a result that keeps Greetham in division two for next year.

Alan Bennett who has captained the team for the last three years will be stepping down but said that during his tenure he has been lucky to have had a squad of keen, eager and enthusiastic players, many of whom have gone on to play for the first team. In all, he has had the services of 42 different players.

In his first year they were promoted to the first division. Unfortunately they were relegated in the following year but have pushed hard each year to try to get back.

Alan thanked and paid tribute to all of the players for their support and wished the new Captain, who is yet to be elected, and the team, all the best for next year.