GOLF: Greetham quartet faces tough competition in finals

Greetham Valley's junior team of Bobbie Elisgood, Sam Ewing, Will Chamberlaine and Ryan Tarrant

Greetham Valley's junior team of Bobbie Elisgood, Sam Ewing, Will Chamberlaine and Ryan Tarrant

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A QUARTET of young golfers from Greetham Valley competed in the South Lincolnshire Junior League finals at Boston Golf Club this week.

The Valley four had fought off local rivals over a four months for the right to face Spalding, Tydd St Giles and Belton Woods in the finals where they finished third, ahead of Tydd St Giles but behind Belton Woods and the champions, Spalding, who lost just three games. The format for the competition was matchplay with each player competing against a member from each club in their four ball.

Junior captain Ryan Tarrant was off first, winning one match but losing the other two to give Greetham two points. Will Chamberlaine teed off in the second match but up against tough opposition lost all his matches.

Sam Ewing teed off in the third contest and played superbly, winning his first match 7&6, his next 3&2, and his third 1 up to give the Greetham team some hope and six more valuable points.

Bobbie Elisgood who had holed a fantastic putt in Greetham’s final league game to qualify for the final was up against three very good players and didn’t win any of his games.

* HEAVY rainfall, thunder and lightening conspired to stop almost half of the entrants in the Sturgess Volvo Trophy from finishing their rounds.

More than 50 players, mainly the early starters, managed to finish before the worst of the weather hit but because almost as many were beaten by the weather the competition was changed to an extra August medal to reward competitors who did manage to finish.

Seventeen-handicapper Steve Roche was first with a net 65 and was cut to fifteen. Kevin Hingle was cut to 11 after coming in with a net 66, beating Steve Wilcockson on countback. Steve was cut two shots to 13.

The Sturgess Volvo Trophy will now be played on October 20.

* FORMER Greetham Valley Captain Neil Crees, who won the English Club Captains trophy two years ago, has competed in this year’s finals at Alwoodley near Leeds.

The course was extremely tough with the standard scratch going up by two shots on the first day, and three on the second.

Neil, like many of his fellow competitors, got off to a bad start by shooting 29 on the first day so on day two he changed tactics, left his driver in the bag and plotted his way around the course much better.

However the deficit was too great and despite a score of 36, three under his handicap, his combined score was only good enough for tenth on countback.

Neil said that he was disappointed with day one but was very pleased to have made the final and to have redeemed himself with the third best score of 65 players on day two.

The Trophy was won by Mervyn Wynyard, playing off six, from Leatherhead, who shot a 32 on day one and 42 on the second day.