Thwaites family narrowly miss out on terrific treble at Greetham
There were major successes for Greetham Valley golfers Ellie Haughton and Sophie Beardsall at the Lincolnshire Women's County Championships at Holme Hall this weekend.
Haughton was crowned county champion after a dramatic victory on the fifth play-off hole after Beardsall had bowed out in the semi-finals of the prestigious competition.
Greetham Valley were well represented at the event with six entrants with Beardsall qualifying as the best gross and Ellie Haughton and Liz Haughton also making the final 16 play-offs.
Liz lost to a local player in round one but Sophie and Ellie qualified for the last eight.
Sophie then lost to Ellise Rymer from Lincoln Golf Club in the semi-finals by 2&1 in a close match while Ellie won her semi-final 5&4.
In the afternoon final, Ellie and Ellise played a fantastic match, ultimately going to a fifth play-off hole before a winner could be found as Ellie rose to the top to be crowned Lincolnshire Women’s County champion.
Greetham Valley's Dee Ginnity came third on Sunday in the Butlin Trophy.
There was further good news for Greetham as county vice-captain Gilly Grant named her vice-captain elect at the presentation ceremony and the club is delighted that it is another Greetham Valley stalwart on Sophie Beardsall.
The men played a Qualifying Stableford competition on Saturday in very cool weather with a blustery and, at times, strong wind, but this did not seem to cause too many problems to the top of the field.
Ryan Thwaites, who had struggled the previous week in windy conditions in his knockout match, came out top with an excellent score of 38 points despite a disaster on the first hole.
Ryan (17) was then never in serious difficulty as he calmly made seven pars along with a host of acceptable bogeys.
Close behind Ryan was Sam Bull (12) who had a very steady 18 points on each nine, including a birdie on each half, but he will be kicking himself for failing to score on the fourth.
Third place went to Craig Allan (12) who also scored 36 points in a steady round of eight pars but it was Sam's birdie on the 17th that relegated him into third spot.
Club captain Steve Anderson organised the first of his Away-Days at Belton Park on Friday and, although the weather prognosis was not too good, 43 players arrived to be pleasantly surprised that the forecast rain mainly held off.
Dave Smith and John Sparks came fourth and third respectively and there was a countback calculation to decide the eventual winner as two players scored 39 points.
In second spot Ian Lidbetter (19) had two very solid halves of 19 and 20 points respectively although he was considerably assisted when his ball, replicating the Barnes Wallace bouncing bomb, careered over the water (three skips) on the 16th and ended up near enough to the hole to enable a par.
Top place, however, went to Paul Thwaites (12) who had an excellent return half of 22 points, in which he never scored less than two points on any hole. Harry Sargood, George Grant and Graham Smith won the nearest-the-pin elements.
A Texas Scramble was played on the Lakes course on Bank Holiday Monday and there was frustration in the Thwaites family as Martin, along with team members Neil Tee-Boon, Wayne Porter and Robert Griffin, came third with a nett score of 60.8 (just missing out on a Thwaites treble over the weekend).
Runners-up were Peter Maksymiw, Craig Allan, Russ Aust and John Peyser with nett 59.5.
The overall winners, by a five-shot margin, were Steve Bennoson, Fay Taylor, Jackie Friend and Bryan Birchall with an excellent score of 54.5.
The ladies played their May Midweek Medal and there was a runaway win for Janet Dandeker (24) when she scored a exceptional nett 69 in the breezy conditions.
Janet struggled on the outward half of her round when she had too many double bogeys on her card but the back nine was a complete turnaround as steady and consistent scoring was to the fore.
In second place Margaret Littlemore (22) scored 73 in a round which was highlighted by a fine birdie on the par three sixth hole.
This spurred Margaret on for the rest of the half as she steadily accumulated over the next four holes.
The 11th was a problem as were the longer par fives but Margaret was able to complete the round without too many other disasters.
Third spot went to Fay Taylor (26) who scored nett 74 in a steady round which included two pars and a succession of acceptable bogeys.
The seniors also had an Away-Day at Beedles Lake and, in excellent weather, there was some steady scoring leading to an individual win for Dave Isaac with 39 points, closely followed by Mike Maffei and Steve Anderson on 38 and 37 respectively.
In the team competition Mike Hoye, Peter Giblett and Tony Kine came out on top. Nearest-the-pin prizes went to Mel Clarke, Gordon Wiles, Steve Anderson and John Morfee.