Jordan makes history at Greetham Valley

Greetham Valley golfer Jordan Burdall
Greetham Valley golfer Jordan Burdall
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County golfer Jordan Burdall has become the first player at Greetham Valley to reach a plus one handicap in the history of the club.

Burdall, who achieved his scratch handicap last year, brought his handicap down further by winning June’s Midweek Medal at Greetham.

He won with a score of 41, recovering after a bogie on the first hole to eagle the par five second and card birdies on the 11th, 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th. He almost blew it on the 18th with another bogie but pushed Graham Stenson back into second on countback.

The 19-year-old from Cottesmore plays for Lincolnshire’s B team, who began playing when he was eight, is aiming for plus two in the long term and July’s club championship in the short term.

“I would like to turn pro ultimately but I want to get my handicap lower before that,” he said.

“I work full time at Greetham Valley and that means that I can practise before work and sometimes after it.”

As well as representing Lincolnshire at County B team level, he has captained the U18s and played for Lincolnshire since the U14s.

Runner-up Stenson had his handicap cut to 14.

Ben Easson was third, one point behind the top two.

Paul Downs, who won the 19-28 championships a couple of weeks ago, was fourth with 39 points and was cut to 16.8.

l Ken Moore narrowly won the Stan Holden Trophy, played in memory of a former member at the club.

The competition, on the Lakes course, was played in two divisions with Moore winning division one on countback. The 17-handicapper came in with 39 points, edging Robert Birch into second on countback.

Ken Porter and John Taylor both came in with 37 points and Porter took third on countback.

Peter Wood won division two, also on countback, with 38 points. Frank Maguire, who won the seniors medal earlier this month, was pushed back into second place.

Stuart Dodd took third place on countback, ahead of Chris Dawson with both players scoring 38.

Pam Holden will present the trophy at the club’s awards night in the autumn.

l Greetham’s first team won 4-2 at Tydd St Giles, making amends for their defeat in the reverse fixture at home.

Jordan Burdall and Chris Steele had a tough match but eventually secured the first point with a 2&1 win. Andrew Frisby and Fraser Denholm increased Greetham’s lead winning 3&2 but father and son pairing Paul and Adam Clegg couldn’t match ex-tour pro Kevin Goode and finished 3&2 down. Second team captain Alan Bennett and Pete Dickinson, both playing for the first team for the first time, won 3&2, and this was followed by a 4&2 victory for club captain Trevor Smith and Bob Green. The final pairing of George Grant and Scotty Stephenson lost 6&5 but Greetham had already secured maximum points to strengthen their league position.

l Gillian Upton won the Ladies June Midweek Stableford with an impressive 38 points on the Lakes course.

Her handicap was cut to 26 while county player Emma Timms, off two, was second with 35 points and Sally Bowker, off 13, was third with 33 points.

l Greetham’s mixed team are on a roll, thrashing Kibworth 6-0 in their latest outing, a Greensomes format match played at Greetham.