Praise for seniors who end with a plus result

Rod Wells and Robert Birch, Greetham Valley Golf Club
Rod Wells and Robert Birch, Greetham Valley Golf Club

The Greetham Valley seniors played their last away match of the year at Belton Woods near Grantham last week.

After halving the same 
fixture at Greetham, both teams wanted to finish off the year with a positive result.

The Greetham team came out victorious with a four and a half to three and a half win.

Seniors Captain Rod Wells praised his team on the day and the 59 different players who have contributed to the various teams throughout the season.

They have won 16, halved four and lost 13 of the 33 matches that they have contested this year but everybody who played, win or lose, enjoyed themselves.

l The day after, Rod and his doubles partner Robert Birch played their seniors doubles final on the Lakes course in cold, damp and very windy conditions.

With drives not going very far against the prevailing 
wind it all came down to the putting.

The duo found themselves two down at one stage in the back nine but managed to claw that back and were one up after the 16th.

The pair took the win when Robert holed his putt from just off the green on the 17th.

Rod said that they were very happy with the win but that it could have gone either way in the very rough conditions. They will be presented with their trophy on club prize night in November.

l Liz Haughton built upon her very successful return to golf this year by winning the Ladies October mid week medal played on the Lakes course. The conditions were quite tough with wind and rain creating havoc for all of the players.

Liz, off 10, dropped four shots in the first eight holes but the wind, which was howling across the course, caused her to double bogey the ninth.

This was her only double of the round and she finished by shooting a nett 75 to win on countback from Janet Dandeker off 23.

Liz said that it was very tough but she was pleased with the way that she kept battling.

Liz has a golf-mad family. Her two daughters started to play this year as juniors under the watchful eye of husband and 11 handicapper Darren and Greetham coach Jim Hetherington.

Chris Slattery, off 26, was third and one handicapper Emma Tipping won the lowest gross.

l Heavy rain combined with a keen wind made the going tough in the seniors October medal.

In division one, Steve Taylor, off 18, managed to play to just one over his handicap to win both the division and the overall medal with a nett 73.

John Taylor took second place and the lowest gross prize.

The next three places were settled on countback. Jack Vernal who had just a few days earlier won the seniors division one singles trophy, was placed third.

Barry Shaw was fourth and John Dowding was fifth. The three all scored a nett 78.

l In Division two the honours went to a relatively new addition to the seniors ranks, Michael Webb, who won it with a nett 80.

Stuart Dodd was second and also won the lowest gross for the division. Denis Cleggett took third place.

l Ladies vice captain Bev Dolman who is also the Lincolnshire Ladies County Secretary, played in the Jubilee Trophy which is a greensomes stableford on Sunday at Blankney.

The captains from every golf club in Lincolnshire were eligible to play, as were the county officials.

The conditions to start with were awful after almost three days of rain and driving wind, thankfully, the rain lessened as the day wore on.

Bev, off 12, played with county captain Paul Morrison, off four, and considering the length of the Blankney course and the conditions, they managed a very creditable third place scoring 38 points.

The trophy was won on countback by David Spence and Margaret Hartley from Elsham Golf Club with 40 points.

Second place went to Peter Woodward and Angela Drayton from Welton Manor. Greetham captains Trevor Smith and Sheila Douty were fifth on 56 points.