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A MAKESHIFT team featuring Greetham golfers Cathy Steele and Julia Thurwell won Greetham Valley Ladies Open Am-Am competition.

On the day before the competition, members of two of the teams withdrew at short notice but ladies captain Eileen Pare suggested pairing the remaining pairs together to form a new team.

Played on the lakes course, the format was three quarter handicap with the best two scores on each hole counting. And the new foursome of Cathy and Julia, and Thorpe Wood’s Elaine Norman and Karen Blacklock, who first out, set a score that wouldn’t be matched all day.

Elaine and Karen, off 20 and 18 respectively, played very well and the two newer players, Julia and Cathy (off 36 and 30) both contributed on different holes for a team score of 84 points.

l THE Captains Am-Am which had been cancelled due to heavy rain in April was played over the weekend in overcast but overall dry conditions.

As with the Ladies competition, this was a three quarter handicap with the best two scores on each hole to score.

The ninth and the 18th were the exceptions where all four team members counted.

The team of Chris Waterhouse, Leon Wyche, Andy Wilmot and Graham Stenson took the win with 99 points on countback.

l GREETHAM Valley C team won at Melton Mowbray with a series of superb long shots contributing to a victory.

Team Captain Neil Sellars and playing partner Frank Hinch led the team off and after nine holes found themselves three down. But over the second nine Frank chipped in from 60 yards to make that two down, a couple of holes later Neil did the same to bring them back to only one shot down.

On the 17th Frank sank a 35 foot putt to level the match taking the game to a last hole decider.

The pair halved this with the Melton captain expressing surprise that Frank missed a 30 foot putt for his birdie after the Greetham player’s earlier exploits.

The Greetham team lost only one match on the day to record a 4.5-1.5 victory.

l THE seniors travelled to Leicestershire Golf Club for their latest match in their 45 game season.

Leicestershire is a lovely course but it is difficult for visiting teams as they have no par fives, only very long par fours.

The Greetham team managed to halve their match and captain Peter MacDonald Pearce said that he was proud of his team as a half at such a tough course almost felt like a win.

Rutland County GC

RUTLAND County’s Pete Woolley and Andy Vernon mastered cold, wet and windy conditions to outpace the rest of the field by four points in The Gavels.

The duo scored 40 points in the betterball format, ahead of Andy Lawrence and Pete Siciliano on 36, and Jim Wilson and Deggie Palmer who were third with 35 on countback.

l RUTLAND’S C team triumphed 4-2 at home against North Luffenham.

Results (Rutland County names only): Dave Rippin and Chris Palmer won 6 and 4; John Chatburn and Dave Whitehead won 2 up; Bill Pearson and Gerry McIntyre lost 1 down; Cliff Knapp and Barry Cheshire lost 1 down; Martyn Gatehouse and Phil Drury, Kev Moxham and Steve Lowe won 8 and 7.

l ENGLAND took on the Rest of the World in the annual matchplay skirmish at Rutland County, and triumphed 5-2.

Many Scots and Welsh were put to the sword, but the Italian-Scot duo of Pakka Risi and Craig Allan beat the English pairing of Phil Drury and Mandy Collins by 3 and 2.

In the remaining games, Bob Ambrose and Martyn Gatehouse beat Olly Huxley and Vikki Eglington 4 and 3; Rick Collins and Dave Waddell beat Keith Burnett and Dick Crosbie 4 and 3; Rod Goss and Bridget Yardley lost to Dave Rippin and Pat Wright 2 and 1; Mike Powell and Jenny Cobb beat Graham Cole and Imogen Huxley 3 and 2; Pete Siciliano and Trish Clarke lost 1 down to Chris Palmer and Margaret Rippin.

l SUNDAY’S Texas Scramble competition caused a few seniors to scratch their heads to recall the scoring method but they all got into the swing of it after the first couple of holes.

Although there was also a senior’s match today, a respectable 48 took part with first place taken by the trio of Fred Shorrock, Maurice Arnold and Alan Weedon with 63.2.

In second place, close behind with another good score, were Alan Kydd, Frank Copsey and Phil Davis with 63.5.

Nearest the pin on the 15th was Nick Lewis, and nearest the line on the 8th was Matt Kunen.

The team made up of Mike Frankish, Jock Wallace and Roy Armitage had a combined age of 243 years but despite featuring in the oldest team in the competition, Wallace holed an excellent 30ft putt from off the green on the 15th.

l RUTLAND County Seniors lost 6-2 to Boston seniors.

Results (Rutland names only): Stewart Picton & Terry Loomes lost 4 & 3; Arthur Dethick & John Chatburn lost 6 & 5; Alan Garner & Ian Barron won 1 up; Ray Taylor & Mike Glenister lost 2 & 1; Ron Snape & John Phipps won 1 up; Ted Leighton & Bob Goddard lost 5 & 3; Mike Pell & Dick Wray lost 3 & 1; John Killin & John Rudin won 2 & 1.