Wheelers take mixed double title at Greetham Valley

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The delayed final of the mixed doubles at Greetham Valley took place on the Lakes course on a warm day with a slight breeze.

The greens were very receptive after heavy rain during the morning. Ryan Tarrant and Jackie Friend who have won it for the past couple of years were trying for the hat trick, their opponents were Jim and Angela Wheeler.

Jim and Angela had five shots to play with and knew that they would need them all if they were to beat this very tough pairing.

The first hole was halved but Ryan and Jackie went one up after Jackie holed a 20 foot putt for a birdie.

Jim and Angela got it back to all square after five and after the front nine was completed they were two up.

With their lead cut back to one after losing the tenth, they then got the grip firmly between their teeth and won the next three. Hole eleven was won with a chip in birdie from Angela, the next two were won with pars.

Jim and Angela were in control with a lead of four up and just five to play. Ryan and Jackie hit back by winning the fourteenth taking it back to three up, the next hole was a half to take it to dormy. Jim and Angela held on for a half on the sixteenth to seal a brilliant 3&2 win.

l The unstoppable Liz Haughton won again at the weekend.

Liz off six took part in the Gill Christie Trophy on the par 68 Valley course on Saturday. She got off to a very steady start with three pars followed by a birdie. All going to plan then out of nowhere, she had a double bogie on the par five fifth.

Liz who has had a brilliant year by working hard and sticking to a game plan did exactly that in the next three holes. She had a slight pause with a bogie on the par four ninth but quickly got back to business with a run of six more pars. Liz dropped a shot on the tough par three sixteenth but again bounced back with a double par finish. She ended the day with a three over gross 71 and a net 64 to claim her ninth trophy for the year, she also won the lowest gross.

Liz, who was cut to five, said that the year so far has been just great but she knows that it will be very tough next year off five.

l Liz is also quite high up in the How Did I Do Titleist order of merit. There are three prizes, the best overall, the best male and the best female.

Liz who has already won a prize for being the top monthly points winner a couple of months ago, must wait until the end of the month when the competition ends to see where she finishes. Liz said that she is looking forward to prize night when she and daughters Ellie and Izzie all collect trophies.

l It was a double family celebration as daughter Ellie, off 24, took third place on countback from 13 handicapper Sally Bowker with a net 67. Sally was cut to 12 and Ellie went to 23.

l The Limestone Trophy had to be cancelled after a downpour, thunder and lightning made it impossible to continue when it was played in August. It was replayed on Sunday in totally different conditions more akin to April than October.

Members with handicaps between scratch and 18 were eligible to play.

Jon Herbert off eleven took no notice of windy conditions and just concentrated on his game. Jon had a great start with two birdies and four pars.

He then bogied the next five holes before hitting back with two more pars and another birdie. He had three more bogies in the next four holes but also had another birdie to compensate.

Jon finished with a net 65 to win the trophy. He was cut to nine and will join his son Jason on prize night in November to collect a trophy each.

l Bob Beverley won the Bob Ford former captain’s day at Greetham Valley on Friday with a brilliant score of 39 points.