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Emmet edges close contest to take Medal honours

Greetham Juniors, after their stellar season in 2018, got off to a good start as a number of their section played in the Jennings and Pegotty county competition at Lincoln.

George Holloway, Luc Affleck, Jonathan Hedley and Wilby Toothill all posted steady scores on a tough course while Isabella Condie was outstanding as she won the girls nett with a gross 83 and cutting her handicap by two to 14.

Greetham Valley Juniors. (8615576)
Greetham Valley Juniors. (8615576)

The Gent's April Medal on Sunday was a close run affair with the top three players only being separated on countback, all with scores of nett 69.

Mark Emmet (19) was the eventual winner thanks to six pars spread evenly over each half.

Mark started with a double bogey but soon got into his stride and ended up two under par after nine and the second half was almost a mirror image as he finished with a double bogey on the last.

Also on 69 was Darren Child (4) who played with almost perfection with a nett par front half (thanks to birdies on the first and sixth) and, although he had a double bogey on the 13th, a birdie on 15 followed by an eagle on 17 lifted him into the runners-up position.

Carl Causbrook (12) came third and, although he never scored worse than a bogey on the front nine, it was a double on the 10th that relegated him in the countback calculation.

In the Ladies April Medal, Sheila Douty was the clear winner with a nett total of 72 after a terrific round.

With only one double bogey and seven pars, Sheila was particularly pleased with her outward half which she completed in only four over gross.

As ever the back nine was more demanding but at the end Sheila was delighted with her round.

Behind her was Rachel Southwell (26) whose score of 82 was highlighted by a birdie on the 12th and a par on the 15th.

Jackie Friend came third with nett 86 in a round in which she struggled over the front nine but two birdies in the return half improved her chances of a reasonable score.

Brian McInerney (8615568)
Brian McInerney (8615568)

The first of the Midweek Medals took place on Wednesday with both a Mixed and a Ladies Medal.

In the Mixed Brian McInerney (10) got his season off to a great start when he won with two shots to spare with a score of nett 68.

Brian never scored worse than a bogey and included a birdie in each half.

With a bogey-par-bogey start Brian was looking good from the very beginning and it was only a run of three bogeys in the middle of the return half that marginally spoilt his round.

Kevin Shilham (7) came second with nett 70 and was disappointed that two double bogeys (on three and 11) detracted from an otherwise very steady round of 11 pars and two birdies (on two and 13).

Also on 70 (but losing on countback) was Steve Orton (12) who had an up and down round with a strong mix of nine pars and a birdie (on 15) but three double bogeys pegged him back.

The Ladies Medal saw Jill Cannings (19) win Division One with a very steady 72 in which she was particularly strong on the front half as she completed the first nine in only five over gross./

The return half, however, proved to be much more tricky as a succession of dropped shots prevented a better score.

In second place Ellie Haughton (2) totalled 73 as she played to her handicap thanks to a one under par front nine.#

The first two holes of the return were troublesome but thereafter Ellie seemed to be in cruise control for an excellent round. Sue Brand (14) was placed third including a brilliant birdie on the 14th.

In Division Two, Janet Dandeker (24) came top with 77 and she also birdied the 14th with this following successive pars on the 12th and 13th. Regrettably the elation from these holes was too much as the last four holes all created problems.

Sandra Begy (34) and Jacky Bayley (21) had a real tussle over the runners-up spot before Sandra was the eventual successor with nett 80 to Jacky’s 81.

The ladies played a friendly match away at Melton Mowbray where the team of Rachel Southwell, Jackie Friend, Eileen Pare, Dee Hinch, Jill Cannings, Ellie Haughton, Dee Ginnity and Liz Haughton had a really enjoyable day winning 2.5-1.5.

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