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The South Lincs Junior League champions. (3894787)
The South Lincs Junior League champions. (3894787)

Greetham Juniors have followed the winning example set last week by the club's senior league teams by winning the South Lincs Golf Union Junior League.

Playing at Belton Park in the finals, the team of Joe Sargood (captain), Ellie Haughton, Luc Affleck and Isabella Condie had tough competition to beat with teams from Spalding and Stoke Rochford providing a hard fought day's golf.

In their match against Spalding, Greetham took two wins with one half while a similar score against Stoke Rochford meant that, with two points for a win and one for a half, a total of 10 points were scored on the day. Spalding were very close behind with nine points in total to take second spot.

A stableford qualifying competition was played on the Valley course on Saturday and, although the weather conditions affected the length of the course, there were still a succession of good scores.

Top spot went to Mick Hunt (17) with a score of 41 in a round of remarkably consistent golf.

Mick never scored worse than a bogey and included six pars in his round as he moved steadily around the course. Following this Mick will now play off 15.

Johnathon Hedley (20) came second in the gents section with a score of 40 thanks to a similar six pars although he was undone on the two par fives where he took double bogeys. Notwithstanding this Johnathon, who is rapidly improving, will now play off 19.

Third spot was taken by Pete Dickinson (5) with 38. He played the front half in three over gross thanks to a birdie on the fourth but really excelled on the back nine which he completed in level par gross for an excellent 38.

The ladies section was also involved in the same competition and here Jackie Friend (20) had an excellent score of 40 to take the plaudits as well as coming second overall.

Jackie was pleased with her round which included one birdie and three pars but was frustrated that she dropped shots with double bogeys on three holes.

Close behind her was Nicola Toon (15) who scored a fine 37 with a steady round of pars and bogeys and, although there were a few holes that created problems, Nicola did enter a score on every hole.

Twelve groups of three ladies played in a Waltz on the Valley course and, although it was cool when they first started, the weather improved and it was quite warm and a pleasant day for golf.

There was some great golf played by many of the ladies, with six of the 12 groups playing well under par.

Third place went to Valda Austin, Susie Ellis and Dee Hinch with a score of 77 points. Heather Morgan, Lesley Young and Jackie Friend were second with 79 points and in the lead, with 82 points, were Sue Wiles, Irene Bastow and Janet Dandeker.

The ladies had a joint away day with the seniors at Nene Park.

Playing in mixed pairings and in a better-ball format the Nene Park course was in good condition.

With 26 pairs out on the course scoring was high as more than half the pairs returned scores of 40 or more.

In third place with 45 points were Gordon Wiles and Dee Ginnity, just behind the second team of Terry Jones and Jackie Friend on 46 points.

The overall winners, on countback with 46, were Bernie Bell (who must be glad that he stepped in as a last minute substitute) and Fay Taylor.

Nearest-the-pin awards were made to Gordon Wiles and Chris Edwards (in the 21+ handicap sector) and Bernie Bell and Angela Wheeler for 21- handicaps.

In another success within the junior section, Ellie Haughton won the Les Johnson Trophy, held at Market Rasen, with a gross 74.

In the Bank Holiday competition an Am-Am was played and the winners were a three ball team of Frank McNamee, Lawrence McBride and Joe Gourley with 95 points, just beating David Parry, Fred Want, Steve Ottridge and Neil Duerden on countback.

In third place with 94 points were Lesley Young, Dean Wilkinson, Ian Cunningham and Brian Young.

The gents friendly match against Burghley Park was a hard-fought affair with little ground being given by either side.

This was undoubtedly the team's finest performance away from home, with outstanding play from the pairings of Bill Guest with Iain Affleck, Chris Hatch with Packa Risi and Micky Fish playing with Peter Key, all of whom won their matches comfortably.

Darren Childs and Chris Howe halved their match despite Darren having to give 17 and nine shots away to the home pair.

The remaining matches went to the wire on the final hole but, despite sterling performances from Craig Allan and Bill Skinner along with Peter Wood and Gabriel Amies-Mccormick, the results went to the home team with the result that the match ended with a 4.5-3.5 loss for Greetham.



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