Copley survives nightmare 18th to win the medal

Dave Copley at Greetham Valley
Dave Copley at Greetham Valley
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Dave Copley took advantage of excellent conditions and quick greens at Greetham Valley to win the club’s April Medal.

Copley, playing off 11, returned a gross 81 to win division one and the overall medal despite a late wobble with a quadruple bogie on the final hole.

But a fine run before that was enough to seal the victory and a handicap cut to 10.

Paul Pritchett, off 12, was second with a net 72 and 14-handicapper Terry Romeo was third with a net 73. Ryan Tarrant and men’s captain Trevor Smith shared the lowest gross after both shot a gross 79.

Peter Smith won division two with a net 70 but lost out on countback to Copley for the overall medal.

Peter, off 15, dropped only seven shots in the first 15 holes but three double bogie’s in the last three holes blew his chance for the medal. However he did have the consolation of taking the lowest gross and moving into division one for the next medal after being cut to 14.

David Burton, off 12, took second place on countback from 14-handicapper Chris Brand. Both came in with a nett 71.

l Former ladies and league team captain Gilly Grant led the field in the Ladies Medal. Gilly, playing off 10, won the ladies medal by two shots ahead with a net 73.

Current ladies captain Sheila Douty, off 16, took second with a net 75 while county player Sophie Beardsall, playing off scratch, was third with 76. She also won the lowest gross.

l A few day’s before the medal, the wind was howling for the eighth Rotary Club of Rutland annual golf day.

Forty players took part in teams of four in the charity day which was organised by Bruce Strickland.

The average score for the teams was around the 90 mark but the winners, taking advantage of local course knowledge, were Greetham Valley’s Graham Smith, Chris Wheatland, George Brand and Mick Peasgood. They came in with a staggering 117 to take the win, 20 points clear of runners-up Milestone Communications. The event raised £920 for the charity.

l The midweek Stableford was also played on the Lakes course and won by Ralph Clark with a fantastic round of 40 points. James Kearney took second place with 35 points with Andy Hardy third, ahead of Neil Chatterton and Robert Gray on countback after they all came in with 34 points.