Greetham pair aim for straight hat-trick of victories

Seniors Captain Radley Wardhaugh, Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis, winner Rob Elliott and Adrian Walker from LOROS.
Seniors Captain Radley Wardhaugh, Greetham Valley Pro Neil Curtis, winner Rob Elliott and Adrian Walker from LOROS.

The Greetham Valley Seniors more than 30 matches in a season and Seniors Captain Radley Wardhaugh, decided to sell raffle tickets at each one, raising £600.

The prize was a set of Ping G30 irons fitted for the winner.

The lucky winner was Rob Elliott from Rutland County Golf Club, who was overwhelmed with his win.

Greetham Pro Neil Curtis set the clubs up for Rob to complete the prize.

The proceeds go to LOROS, the hospice which has more than 2500 people on its books receiving palliative care in Leicester, Rutland and South Lincs.

○ The winter league round robin series started recently and among the contenders were Pete Dickinson and Peter Smith who hope to win this year to give them a straight hat trick of wins. They won their first match say this year will be much tougher than their previous outings. Pete said that it has always been tough but some of the pairings this year make it even harder.

○ The first of ten rounds of the winter order of merit was on Saturday.

Fifty four players entered but due to illness and somebody being called to a film set at the last minute 47 started.

○ Chris Tapsell off 20 playing in his first order of merit stunned the rest of the field with a magnificent score of 47 points. After dropping just the four shots on the front nine he started the back nine with 24 points in the bag. With a brilliant birdie on the par five 15th he was only three down with three to play. A par on the tough par five 16th and bogies on the last two holes saw him finish with 23 points on the back nine. He loses three shots off his handicap and will play off 117 in round two on the sixth of December. The good news is that as he is now in the ten to nineteen bracket, he will only lose two shots if he wins again.

Graham Smith off five took second place with a magnificent 41 points, a score that would usually give him a good chance of winning. Graham beat Bill Skinner off sixteen who was placed 
third on count back after shooting a great score for41 points too.

○ There is a bit of a twist this year, players are allowed to drop their three worst scores to have their seven best count so the competition will be open for everybody to have a chance of winning 
until the last round at the end of March. That said the top three this week have certainly set their stalls out to go for the trophy this winter.

○ For the last month the Greetham Valley Seniors have been growing their moustaches, suffering general itches, and in some cases looking more like prospective bandits in a spaghetti western. Under the name of the Greetham Grouchos they hope to raise awareness of prostate cancer and other men’s health issues. They are raising money for prostate cancer research and ask for your help. Donate this week, next week will be too late, Movember will be over! The Greetham Grouchos are at: moteam.co/greetham-grouchos.

Prostrate Cancer is a very important issue and like many other clubs and organisations in the country they want to help as much as they can.