GREETHAM Valley are through to the fifth round of the Mail on Sunday team knockout after a victory against Melton Mowbray.
The match was switched to Greetham due to recent rain closing the Melton course but conditions were far from ideal with spells of wind and high winds.
In the first game, eight handicapper George Grant was drawn against Mick Wilson (off four), and after 18 holes the game was decided on the final putt. George took it to win one up.
Neil Harris and John Rawlings, both off seven, were next and this game was also settled on the final home with Neil downing a ten footer to give Greetham a 2-0 lead.
Six handicapper Dave Morgan then took on 13-handicapper Owen Cole, and won on the 14th by six and four to give Greetham an unassailable lead in the match.
The players in the first three games then went back onto the course to support their teammates and this proved to be the kiss of death. Glenn Sharp lost six and four to Rob Smith, and Matt Williams suffered a similar fate, losing four and two to 2-handicapper Sam Pollard.
THE field of more than 100 competitors was broken up into three divisions for the April Medal.
In division one, vice-captain Trevor Smith had a mixed round. He parred the first three holes and birdied the fourth but bogies on the 5th, 9th and 10th left him plenty to do. However he managed to pull his score back with birdies on the 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th giving him a gross 70, net 68. Second and third were decided on countback after four players came in with a net 71. Fraser Denholm took second, Adam Clegg was third and the unfortunate Steve Pearce and Ryan Tarrant had to be satisfied with fourth and fifth.
Adi Bruce had a fine round to take the win and the lowest gross in division two with a gross 82, net 69. George Brand was second with a net 71 and Neil Baker came third with a net 72.
David Burton won division three with a gross 95, net 75. Second and third were decided on countback with Jason Giblett second and Mark Musgrove third. Peter Key was pushed back to fourth, they all scored a net 77.
Greetham Valley second team
AFTER promotion to division one, Greetham found their first match to be a tough challenge against a strong Sleaford side.
The morning started in difficult circumstances with one player dropping out with just 30 minutes to go before the start of the match. Captain Alan Bennett was seen driving a buggy onto the course desperately trying to find another player.
Despite some strong performances, the team went down three and a half to two and a half. Alan said that with three of the team in for their first match with the second team, he feels that they can only get stronger as the year progresses.
Results: George Grant/Ryan Tarrant lost 3+2; Paul Clegg/Pete Dickinson won 1 up; Simon Bateman/Adam Clegg lost 1 down; Alan Bennett/Nick Cunnington won 1 up; Neil Crees/Fraser Denholm lost 4+2; Dave Copley/James Horwood halved.