GOLF: Greetham is senior champions’ ‘favourite’

Winners at Greetham Valley's Seniors Open
Winners at Greetham Valley's Seniors Open

TWENTY-FOUR golf clubs were represented in the annual Greetham Valley Seniors Open held this week.

Played on the Valley course, off white tees, the course provided a tough test. Some competitors struggled with the pace of the greens and the tough pin placements but the duo of Adrian Ennett and Mike Clark from Thorpe Wood Golf Club seemed to have no problems with anything that the course could throw at them.

The pair scored 19 points on the front nine which included a birdie on the tough par three seventh for Adrian, however they really got into their stride on the back nine.

Mike seemed to come out of bunkers with professional ease as both players had birdies and par’s. They finished with a magnificent 25 points for the back nine to give them a winning score of 44.

Adrian off 19 said that they work very well as a team. If he was struggling, Mike came in and he repaid the compliment when Mike was a little off the pace. They said that there was no big secret to the way that they played on the day, they simply play together often and know each other’s game well - it also helped that the Valley course is one of their favourites.

The pair had an anxious two hour wait before the final competitors came in with several trips to the scoreboard to keep up to date but they eventually won by two points.

Former Greetham captains Neil Harris and Bob Beverly also complemented each together and came in with 44 points.

Neil played the back nine without dropping a shot, only for the pair of them to be disqualified for a mistake on the scorecard - the score on one hole had been put down to the wrong player thus making their score invalid.

As a result, second place went to Mike Stephens and Graham Nickerson from Peterborough Milton with 42 points. The next three places were settled on countback after five pairs came in with 41 points.

Dave Smith and Martin Gee, another Thorpe Wood pairing were third, Brian Marriot and Ed Markham from Boston were fourth, and David Tasker and Geoff Moyses from Spalding fifth.

The longest Drive on the par five 12th was won by Tom Jolley from Tydd St Giles and Roger Tacq from Ramsey won nearest the pin on the 18th taking it from Greetham captain Jim Wheeler who had held it for most of the competition.

Mike Churchill was thanked for his impeccable organisation to ensure that the day went without a hitch and seniors captain Peter Macdonald Pearce said that he was pleased to see so many players from different clubs competing.

* IAIN Clapperton, off 13, had a great round in the Gents August mid week Stableford to win the competition with 39 points.

Neil Chatterton, also off 13, was second with 38 points, and another 13-handicapper, Jason Lindsay, took third on countback from Keith Heppenstall off 18; both players scored 37 points but Jason had the better back nine.

* THE ever-improving Cathy Steel had a fine win in the Ladies August mid week medal this week.

Cathy, who plays off 26, only started playing regularly this year but shot a gross 95 (net 69) to win by one shot from 27-handicapper Gillian Upton for her second win of the year.

Beryl Crossland took third on countback from Heather Morgan after they both shot a net 71. Ten-Handicapper Heather won the lowest gross prize with a brilliant 81.