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Firsts, Seconds and Ladies are crowned champions

Greetham First Team (3769622)
Greetham First Team (3769622)

There has been celebrations all round at Greetham Valley as three of the club's league teams won promotion as champions.

The first team travelled to Sudbrook Moor as already declared winners of their division but they were keen to remain undefeated throughout the season.

With a strong team and wearing their lucky red shirts (whose sponsorship by Steve Rudkin Electricals has clearly brought fortune) this looked possible.

Newcomer Leon Wytch partnered Adam Clegg and got the team off to a winning start.

Chris Steele with Darren Sargood, despite being three down with four to play, halved their match but the previously undefeated pairing of Rory Smith and Graham Smith lost narrowly.

Club captain Paul Clegg with his regular partner Pete Dickinson won comfortably while Russ Aust and Darren Child gained an important half in a closely fought game.

So it left captain Richard Wilson along with first team stalwart of many years, Ray Gladwinfield, to tough out a closely fought match in which no pair was ever more than one hole up;

Ray, playing his final game for the club, very aptly parred the final hole to secure a win one up for a 4&2 victory and the team are now looking forward to the challenge of Division One next year.

The second team also played their final game of the season in the South Lincs Scratch League away at Boston.

Needing to halve the match to secure the league title and promotion, captain Darren Haughton fielded a very strong side with the aim of achieving at least the precious half.

First out were Joe Sargood and Mark Neave who won 3&2, but this win was counteracted as Tony Mould and Dave Copley lost 4&2 to put the pressure back on.

John Peyser and Gary Adams won 2&1 and the subsequent matches were all won with George Grant and Neil Crees being comfortable at 6&5.

Haughton and Harry Sargood maintained their 100 per cent win record with a 4&2 victory and finally Allan Bennett and Dave French won 7&5.

Overall this meant a fantastic 5-1 away win on a very tough course along with the league title and promotion to Division One.

Darren was absolutely thrilled to have achieved what he set out to do when taking over as team captain this year and he praised his group of players as a whole for their fantastic play, team bonding and support throughout the whole season.

Other players who also featured during the season were Lee Martin, Darren Want, Ben Easson, Wayne Catt, Andy Bass and Tom Haynes.

In the Ladies Handicap League, Greetham had already finished their run of matches and were anxiously awaiting the result of the Sleaford versus Blankney result with a win for away team meaning the title (and promotion) would go to Blankney.

In the event that match was halved 2-2 and as a result Greetham Ladies have topped the table and gained promotion.

Although the two teams were tied at the top of the league with eight points each, Greetham had a better match difference situation of five compared to the Blankney's one to secure promotion.

The men’s friendly match against Brampton Park on Saturday was played away under perfect weather conditions.

The course, while still seriously suffering from the effects of the summer drought, was playable and the greens were in good condition with excellent putting performances reported from both sides.

Although the team suffered a further away defeat, this was undoubtedly the best performance of the away fixtures and all matches were taken to the wire.

There were particular ‘stand-out’ performances from Chris Howe, (partnered by Packa Risi), who shot six under par but, despite taking the game to the final hole, was unable to match the Brampton pairing of Brian Thomas and John Yates, who often, out of nowhere, were able to recover from some amazing initial setbacks.

The pairing of Gabriel Amies-McCormick and Mark Dorsett took the only win of the match and the pairings of Micky Fish and Chris Hatch (Snr) managed to halve their match, which considering their opposition, was a commendable performance.

The Brampton Park team were extremely complimentary of Greetham's performance and resolve under difficult course conditions, and look forward to regularising the bond between the clubs as a regular annual fixture.

Given the team’s recent form, and the strong team spirit, there are high expectations that the first away win will take place on Saturday when they meet Burghley Park.

In the Seniors August Medal on Monday, more than a quarter of entrants took advantage of the continuing excellent conditions to make scores better than par.

Only a week after the annual course maintenance the greens were running fair and allowed aggressive putting.

The top three places were all decided on countback with nett scores of 66 (as were the next three places who all carded 67's).

Mike Hoye (17) won his first medal as he took the top place even though he started really badly with a seven on the first.

Thereafter he only dropped one shot to the card over the remainder of the front nine to complete that half in gross 40.

The back nine was not quite so comfortable and Mike had trouble on the 13th (where he took a double) but a further three pars was just enough to put him first on countback.

Rob Gray (12) almost beat Mike as he had a storming front nine which he completed in only one over gross thanks to a birdie on the eighth and only two bogeys.

Coming home Rob was unlucky on the 10th where he had a double bogey (as he did on the 13th) but a further six pars put him in good shape.

Third place went to Dave Isaac (30), a recent new member, who had been playing very steadily over the last weeks and it was his strong performance over the front nine where he was only nine over gross that put him into this position.

Having parred the last two holes on the front half, Dave set about the return with confidence but a real disaster on the final hole, where both water and trees came into play to, meant he aggregated a nine and ruined what could have been an even better performance.

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