Oakham Rotarians fight polio with golf day

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Oakham Rotary Club held its eighth charity golf day at Greetham Valley as part of its efforts to raise money for the global fight to eradicate polio.

The club has been in existence since 1952 and as with branches throughout the world, its members are focussing their main charity efforts in trying to eradicate polio.

However, they never lose focus from their local charity efforts and foundation chairman Bruce Strickland said that one of the charities that they sponsor are the First Responders in Rutland.

These are the people who will arrive at an incident even before the paramedics.

They need specialist machines to resuscitate people as well as to keep them comfortable at the site of an accident or incident.

Bruce said that the First Responders are an extremely important service but, as with the air ambulance, they receive no government funding and rely totally upon donations from the public.

The Rotary competition was played on the Valley course in warm sunshine with just a hint of breeze.

The format for the 12 teams of four was stableford with three to count on each hole except from the par threes where all four counted, a tough ask on a course featuring six very tricky ones.

The team of Trevor Smith, Bob Beverley, Sheila Douty and Jackie Friend just missed out on the prizes after being placed fourth on countback by Kevin Newman, Dennis Lowe, Mark Mousley and Les Orridge. Both teams scored 180 points.

Graham Smith, Mick Peasgood, Chris Wheatland and Darren Haughton scored 115 points for second, but the win went to the team of president John Sparks, captain Shaun Denholm, vice captain Fred Aspin and Wayne Terrett, who scored a brilliant 122.

Shaun thanked all the participants and said the real winners were the charities supported by the Rotary Club.

Nearest the pin winners were Darren Haughton for the men and Sheila Douty for the ladies. C team Captain Neil Sellars won nearest the pin on the 18th which was open to everybody. Sheila also won the ladies’ longest drive. Rob Smith hit two monster drives to win the longest drives for both the men’s and the open competitions.

Kevin Newman was given a Ryder Cup 18th hole flag and team tie by one of his clients to be auctioned on the day. They were bought by Greetham chairman Frank Hinch, helping the day raise £1,250.

- Greetham Ladies hosted and beat Melton Mowbray in a friendly by three games to one. The team was Bev Dolman/Cathy Steele, Hayley Taylor/Lizzy Taylor, Pat Jamieson/Angela Wheeler, Beryl Crosland/Chris Edwards.

- The Ladies Mail on Sunday team played their third round match at Brampton Park in Cambridgeshire during the week.

Kay Ropson got the team off to a good start by winning 3&2. Gilly Grant lost a very tough match on the final hole and Hayley Hunt lost 2&1 but Liz Haughton won her game with a magnificent 7&6.

The match was all square and all eyes were on the only game still on the course. Sheila Douty duly obliged by winning 1 up to give the team a win by 3&2.

Ladies captain Bev Dolman said the team were ably assisted by caddies Pat Jamieson, Beryl Crosland, Trevor Smith, Hayley Taylor and Chris Edwards. They will learn this week who their next opponents are.

- Robert Lewin won the midweek stableford on the Lakes course with 40 points on countback from Ian Copley. Alan Childerley took third, also on countback, from Tim Nixon, both on 37.

- The men’s Mail on Sunday team took on Burghley Park away on Monday.

Nick Cunnington and Adam Clegg won the first two games but Chris Steele and Richard Wilson lost the next two so it all depended upon the last game.

Greetham captain Shaun Denholm and his opponent were all square on the 18th tee but the game and the match ended up going Burghley’s way.