Carter’s pride at Greetham victory

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Alex Carter beat 50mph winds to lead the field and win the London Pride medal at Greetham Valley.

The competition, played in two divisions, was notable for some really good scores and some real stinkers but Carter, off 12, ripped the course apart with the lowest gross of the day, a net 63.

After a level par front nine he hit a string of three bogies but recovered with six straight pars to finish with a gross 75, five ahead of his nearest competitor, Dave Copley. Paul Jenkinson was third one shot behind.

Carter, who was cut two shots and is planning for the two day Club Championships in July, now waits to see if he has qualified for the London Pride Gold Medal final which will be at Woodhall Spa later in August. Only two competitors from each county will qualify for the final which is a tough 36 hole contest for handicap golfers.

Mark Mousley, off 14, won division two and claimed the lowest gross with a splendid 84 for a cut to 13.

Bernard Bell off sixteen, took second on countback with a net 72. Peter Keast was pushed into third and was cut to 19.

Greetham Ladies followed up their 2½-1½ victory at Blankney with a 4-0 whitewash at home to Scraptoft.

l Luffenham Heath’s quartet of Yvonne Wanby, Lora Law, Jill Edmond and Olive Green the Greetham Valley Ladies Open with a score of 76.

The best two scores off three quarter handicaps counted and the second-placed team (two points behind and on countback) was Angela Wheeler and Liz Darrel from Greetham Valley, Yvonne Gilman from Luffenham Heath and Sandra Juggins from Peterborough Milton. Greetham’s Kay Ropson, Helen Pru and Kate Graves from Sleaford and Liz Taylor were third.

l John Taylor, off 16, won division one of the seniors June medal with a gross 84.

The best gross of the day and second place went to 10-handicapper Ken Stewart with a great 80. Brian Parker and Howard Miller both scored a net 71 but Brian took third on countback.

Peter Palmer won division two on countback from Ian Kellam. Both players scored a net 68 but Ian had the consolation of winning the lowest gross. Peter Wood was third with a 72.

The seniors’ team suffered a rare loss when they played Rutland Water last week. However, they bounced back a few days later with a 4-2 win at Humberstone Heights.

l Greetham, led by ladies vice captain Bev Dolman, won the inaugural mixed match against Belton Woods.

Playing on the Lakes course, Greetham won 4½-1½.