Golf: Latest from Rutland County and Greetham Valley

Nick Cunnington, Greetham Valley Golf Club
Nick Cunnington, Greetham Valley Golf Club
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Here’s the latest club reports from Rutland County and Greetham Valley golf clubs with trophy wins for Anne Sargeson at Rutland and Nick Cunnington at Greetham

Rutland County Golf Club

Rutland County Ladies turned out in force to contest the Midsummer Trophy with a delighted Anne Sargeson scoring 37 points to win and collect the trophy from sponsor Maureen Loomes.

Jackie Cole was just edged out by one point in second place ahead of third placed Heather Knapp on 33 pts. Captain Mandy Collins came in fourth on 32 pts.

Two very fancied ladies clashed in the third round of the Ladies Knockout and a topsy-turvy match ended with a 3&2 victory for Ngoneh Dickinson over Jo Shepherd who had led the match four-up after nine holes but could not sustain her early good form.

* Mixed fortunes for the B team losing 4-2 away at Thorney Lakes and then drawing 3-3 away at Greetham Valley in very tightly contested match.

At Greetham, Andy Vernon was called away after 13 holes for the arrival of daughter Zara and in his absence Chris Bower went down 4 & 3, Kev Moxham and Martyn Gatehouse won 4 & 3, Deggie Palmer and Josh Paylor won 4 & 2, Pete Siciliano and Dave Waddell lost one down, Jordan Paylor and Rod Goss won two up, Chris Palmer and Gerry McIntyre lost one down.

* The annual Captain versus Vice Captain challenge proved to be a red-letter day for left-hander Cliff Knapp who aced the 15th with his 24* rescue wood, much to the delight of the gallery on the 16th tee, who had a grandstand view of his one-bounce, hole in one at the 171 yard par three hole.

The match went 4-2 in favour of Vice Captain Roger Overton after Kev Moxham’s challenge faded over the closing holes.


Thorney Lakes Seniors v Rutland County Seniors: John Phipps & Keith Barratt won 4 & 3; John Rudin & Nigel Coombs lost 2 & 1; Tony Whiting & Ray Taylor won 1 up; David Whitehead & Gerry McIntyre halved; John Chatburn & Les Dickinson won 4 & 2; Arthur Dethick & Brian Kirby lost 6 & 4; David Wilson & Ron Jenkins lost 1 down; Terry Loomes & Ian Barron lost 3 & 2.

Senior August Medal

Division one: 1 David Lynas net 69; 2 Frank Copsey net 74 acb; 3 Bob Billinger net 72 acb.

Division two: 1 Mike Pell net 73; 2 Nigel Coombs net 74; 3 Ron Snape net 77.

Greetham Valley Golf

The Limestone trophy is a medal competition for players with a handicap of 18 and below. It was played over the weekend off white tees on the Lakes course in warm but very windy conditions.

Four handicapper Nick Cunnington, who won the July medal just a few weeks ago, was in fine form again.

Nick just missed the birdie on the first to take a par but had a nightmare on the second and after putting his drive out of bounds, ended up with a double bogie seven.

He is much more confident in his game and himself these days and he managed to put it behind him and start afresh from the third with a birdie.

Nick dropped just the one more shot on the fifth but the rest was just great golf, two more birdies and the rest all pars to take the lowest gross of the day, seventy one. Nick shot a nett 67 to take the win by two shots.

Nick said that apart from underestimating the side wind on the second and hitting out of bounds he was very pleased with the way that he played and managed it overall.

He was cut to 3.7 and hopes to take that lower still in the next big competition, the Sturgess Volvo Trophy on August 24.

Keith Heppenstall was second with a nett 69. The next two places were settled on count back, Stephen Wooldridge was third and Peter Dickinson took fourth. The winner of the Moore Stephens trophy last week, Robert Lewin was fifth.

* The Ladies had a good turnout playing a medal competition for the Gill Christie Trophy on the same day.

Former Captain Angela Wheeler, who has also been playing well recently, won it by two shots with a nett 72 and was cut to 17.

Angela said that the wind which, for no reason whatsoever, kept changing making the course tougher than normal.

Sue Brand and a resurgent Liz Haughton were separated on count back into second and third places. Sophie Beardsall won the lowest gross.

* In the seniors’ August medall, eight handicapper Ken Porter led the field with a gross 75, nett 67 in division one and also won the lowest gross.

John Taylor took second place on count back from Jack Vernal after both men scored a nett 68.

The overall medal was won by Mike Pare in division two, he shot a brilliant nett 66 to take the medal, he also won the lowest gross. Mike was cut to 19. Dave Lucas was second and seniors vice Captain Radley Wardhaugh was third.

* Tim Brown, playing off 21, won the August mid week medal.

Tim shot a nett 68 and was cut to 20. Alan Childerley was second with a 69. Neil Lowndes took third place on count back from Andy Webb, both players shot a nett 70. The lowest gross went to Ben Easson for a gross 78.

* The ladies mid-week medal was won by one handicapper Emma Tipping with a well crafted gross 73, she also won the lowest gross and was cut to point seven.

Rena Lister was second with a nett 73 and Bryony Batch took third place with a nett 74.