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Greetham first team produce late rally to maintain unbeaten home record

There was frustration for the lowest scorer in the May Medal played on the Lakes course at Greetham Valley on Saturday.

Daniel Szymanski (17) scored an excellent nett 66 but was ruled ineligible as he had not played sufficient qualifying rounds for competition placement.

Szymanski had played an excellent back nine at three over gross but was relegated on application of the rules.

The overall winner therefore, also with nett 66, was John Keer (14) who had a great round with two birdies and nine pars but a struggle on the 11th prevented him finishing with an even lower score.

In second place, much to his surprise, was Terry McNulty with another 66.

Terry (21) was looking good after a birdie on the third and, despite a visit to the water on the sixth, he had got himself into a strong position.

But he dropped five shots on the 13th and 15th and blotted his card to some extent although a par-par finish was satisfying.

Third spot went to Daniel Kettle (11) with nett 67 after a splendidly consistent round of 10 pars, seven bogeys and a birdie (on the 13th) thrown in for good measure.

In the Ladies Medal there was a clean sweep for the Haughton family as daughters Ellie and Izzy beat mother Liz into third spot with her score of nett 75.

Izzy (10) was second with nett 72 thanks to a stream of pars and only one double bogey while Ellie started like a train with birdies on the first two holes followed by pars everywhere else apart from two bogeys.

The ladies played a qualifying stableford competition on the Valley and Sue Clegg (29) was delighted to take third spot with 33 points.

She was particularly pleased to finish with a par on the last which propelled her into third place.

Just ahead of her was Ellie Haughton who scored 34 after a level par front nine only to finish the last two holes bogey-bogey.

Top place went to went to Rachel Southwell (26) who scored 35 points despite a failure on the sixth hole.

In fine weather conditions, the seniors played a monthly qualifying stableford competition on the Lakes and there was a satisfying win for Dave Chisholm as he pipped two other players to take the prize on countback with 39 points.

Chisholm (20) started somewhat erratically as he scored only two points over the first two holes but he gradually edged into form and by the back nine he was playing steady and reliable golf to pick up points at all stages.

In second place, also on 39, was Peter Wood (15) who was particularly strong on the front nine at only four over gross but the return saw a couple of double bogeys creep onto his card at the start of the half and he lost a little rhythm as he searched to recover his position.

Third place went to the early clubhouse leader in Ian Hippey (15) who, like Wood, scored 39 and also turned at four over gross after an excellent front half but a failure on the 11th was costly and a visit to the water on the last pushed him into third place.

The first team hosted a strong Sleaford team in their most recent match but maintained their undefeated run at home which has lasted for nearly four years.

Captain Richard Wilson and Rory Smith went out first followed by Pete Dickinson and Leon Wyche - both pairs played well but were ultimately defeated by their opponents.

This put some pressure on the last four groupings but the pairing of Chris Steele, in his first outing of the season, and Paul Clegg secured a comfortable win and the team's first points of the day.

With Darren Sargood and Russ Aust also securing a win in the final match, the third and fourth matches would decide the outcome.

Joe Sargood and Darren Child secured a hard fought half but, with Adam Clegg and Trevor Smith two down with two to play, things did not look good.

However, they secured a birdie on the 17th to win that hole and used their experience to par the last while the visitors could only manage a bogey for a great half from them and the team.

Team captain Wilson said: “To have won one, drawn one and lost one in our first three games is a great start especially when we were not expected to win anything all season. It’s a great team effort.”

The juniors played their first round of the BCCS Junior Knockout (equivalent to last year's Poppy Golf) against Belton Woods at home and achieved an excellent start to their campaign.

The team of Joe Sargood and Henry Hunter (playing his first match) and Luc Affleck partnered with Izzy Haughton won four up (in aggregate) after two excellent matches.

The other Greetham team of George Holloway, Jonathan Hedley, Archie Curtis and Yasmin Bass will be playing away at Peterborough Milton on Wednesday.

The mixed team played Rutland County in a friendly match in perfect conditions and came out 5-1 winners.

Lesley Storey and Malcolm Boyd played club captain Mark Durno and Bridget Yardley at the start and came in with a half but thereafter the next three matches all produced home wins.

Chris Hatch and Dee Hinch won comfortably 8&7, Ian Cunninham and Fay Taylor won 4&3 while Geoff Woolley and Dee Ginnity also had a positive 4&2 score.

Ian Taylor, who played solo, halved at the 18th and then Neil Bradbury and Helen Woolley finished off with another 5&4 win.

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