Greetham edge close encounter

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GREETHAM Valley beat March Golf Club in the second round of the Mail on Sunday team knockout competition last week.

A birdie from Matt Williams sealed the victory in the final game of the match, which was played in wet and windy conditions on Greetham’s Lakes course.

George Grant played his usual steady golf in match one to beat Mark Crawley, playing off 11, by two and one.

Neil Harris, taking a day off from his order of merit duties, then played six handicapper Lee Forrester and won by three and two. Steff Dutton dropped only five shots in his game, unfortunately four of them in the last four holes, letting his opponent halve the game.

Dave Morgan, playing in the fourth match, was all square going into the 18th against Andy Parsonage (off seven). Parsonage then hit his tee shot into the bunker and it was advantage Greetham Valley. Morgan drove a good ball down the right but landed his next shot in the lake, where he decided to taking his shoes off and try a Jean Van De Velde style shot from the water. It didn’t work for Van de Velde and it didn’t work for Morgan either, and he lost one down to leave the match hinged on the last match.

Matt Williams, off five, was giving eight shots to his opponent Nick Carter and he lost one down on the 18th. The match was now all square forcing extra holes between Carter and Williams until one of the players lost a hole.

They both hit good drives but Nick had a bad bounce and found himself up against a tree where all he could do was chop it out. Matt hit his past the bunker leaving an easy wedge in. Nick just missed the green but still had a chance of a four from two foot. However Matt hit a wedge to the front fringe and went on to putt it straight into the hole for a birdie to win the match.

l THE top four players went out last in week 18 of Greetham’s Winter order of merit, increasing the pressure on players who couldn’t afford to drop a point.

It was a good day for wily campaigners Martin Boughton and Bob Beverley. Martin won the order of merit last year with consistent fourth places and this week came home with his first win of this series with a great 38.

Martin beat Tony Mould on countback by virtue of a better score on the final six holes. Third place went to club secretary Dennis Millington with 38 points. All three had their handicaps cut.

Martin moved up to seventh in the order of Merit while long-time leader Bob Beverley who had dropped to fifth over the past couple of weeks has moved back into contention and sits in second place albeit 31 points behind Leader Adam Clegg.

Fraser Denholm and Elliot Clark allowed the gap between them and Adam to open up this week, and with only four games to go and one of them on the shorter par 68 Valley course, they and fifth placed Graham Smith will have to throw caution to the winds to try to catch the leader.

l THE winter league quarter finals were held on Sunday on the Lakes course. Neil Upton and Karl Stokes won their game and now face Dave Morgan and Ian Bain in the semi final. Mick Carnie and Jim Kearney are also through to the semis and will face Andy Queen and Dave Copley. The semi final will be played on March 17 with the final on March 25.