First gents glory for Jonathan; Yasmin's continues outstanding form
Juniors at Greetham Valley chalked up another pair of successes with victory in both the gents and ladies Poppy Appeal Medal competitions played on Saturday on the Lakes course in glorious October weather.
More than 100 entrants turned out in the gents section and Jonathan Hedley (17) had his first senior win with a terrific round of nett 67 in which he started with three pars and only dropped four shots on the front nine.
Turning home Jonathan ran into a bit of trouble on the par threes at 10 and 12 where he had to take double bogeys but, after that, another run of three pars put him in prime position for the overall win. As a result of this win Jonathan will now play off 15.
Adam Clegg (5) took second spot with 69 thanks to a particularly strong back nine which he completed in two under par (as a result of three birdies and only one bogey).
This finish, coupled with a steady front half, propelled him into the runner-up position.
In third spot Paul Jackson (7) also totalled 69 and, despite having 12 pars in his round (and nothing worse than a bogey score), it was insufficient to beat Adam's card on countback. Paul played the last six holes in one under par in a strong display of steady golf.
Following this result the latest scores in the Martin Boughton Order of Merit has top spot being held by Gareth Tarrant with 170 points and Russ Aust lying second with 140 and Dan Wilkinson on 122.
In the ladies section Yasmin Bass (27) scored nett 75, just beating Pat Jamieson on countback thanks to a great par on the final hole as well as a similar par on the short 12th.
Yasmin - along with many of the juniors - has had an outstanding summer and showed good consistency as she carded eight gross bogeys and really only had trouble on some of the long par fives.
Just behind her, on countback, Pat Jamieson (14) was delighted with her round which included a two on the sixth along with six pars on the way.
Despite finishing with successive pars on the final two holes it was shots dropped on the 15th and 16th that cost her top place.
Coming in third, Jo Robinson scored nett 76 and she, like a number of players, struggled on the 16th which cost her dear.
A birdie on the 11th, followed by a par at the next, momentarily gave hope of a better score but the 16th and then the final hole proved too much to take a higher position.
Ellie Haughton holds top place in the ladies Jackie Friend Order of Merit with 208, followed by Sophie Beardsall on 159 and Sue Brand on 140.
In the ladies eclectic Margaret Littlemore has a score of (nett) 50 in Division One with Rachel Southwell leading Division Two with nett 48.
In the junior section Luc Affleck leads the boys with 52 while Isabella Condie has 54 for the girls.
The last ladies friendly match was played at Peterborough Milton and a team of four pairs of ladies played in warm sunny conditions, which were a welcome bonus for mid-October.
The fairways were in quite poor condition and, although there was placing available, it was difficult to find a good lie.
The players in the Greetham Valley team were Sue Brand (ladies captain), Joyce Squires, Hayley Hunt, Chris Edwards, Anne McCulloch, Eileen Pare, Angela Wheeler and Lesley Young.
There was some great golf played by both teams, resulting in an honourable half. Special mention to Brand, Squires, McCulloch and Pare in posting a win.
The mixed team - represented by George Brand and Liz Haughton, Christine Edwards and John Morfee, Darren Haughton and Sue Brand, Bev Dolman and Malcolm Boyd, Pat Jamieson and Brian Young plus Joe Sargood and Lesley Young - played their last match of the season against Spalding and, taking advantage of their home course, finished with great 5-1 win
The seniors section also played a Poppy Appeal Medal on the Lakes course in sunny conditions and there was a win for Brian Gordon (15) who scored nett 70 despite struggling on the second hole and on the 18th. In between these Brian was steady in his play and even carded a birdie on the 8th.
Brian had a stronger front nine but was just consistent enough to hold his position at the top of the leaderboard as he squeezed home on countback.
Just behind him, also with nett 70, Len Rice (20) was very strong on the front nine which he completed in only six over gross but he was unable to keep up his form on the return home and a visit to the water on the final hole was the eventual decider in terms of countback.
Third position went to the ever reliable Keith Stafford (14) with a score of 71.
Keith seemingly keeps taking third place and was remarkable steady although a double bogey on the 16th frustrated him.