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Success continues in the junior ranks at Greetham Valley

Dennis Millington. (4024714)
Dennis Millington. (4024714)

There was a welcome return to the top of the leaderboard for Dennis Millington with a total of 39 points in the Midweek Stableford Qualifier at Greetham Valley.

Dennis is a long-serving member and it has been some time since he featured at the top of the table.

In his round Dennis (20) played the front nine very consistently with two pars and six bogeys although a no-score at the sixth did blot an otherwise steady card.

Coming home, Dennis struggled on 13 and 14 but other than those holes he was rarely troubled.

In second spot, with 38, was another senior, Keith Stafford (15), who had a strange round in which he failed to score on the first hole but thereafter had a mix of pars and bogeys for a steady score.

On the back nine Keith had two birdies and, apart from a six on the final hole, played very reliably to complete a good card.

Third place went to Darren Want, on countback from Keith when he also scored 38.

Darren (8) completed the front half in only three over gross thanks to a run of seven pars and repeated the exercise on the back half with another seven pars to complete his round in only six over gross.

Susie Ellis (20) took the honours with 37 points in the Ladies Midweek Stableford on the Valley course despite failing to score on two holes.

Susie was annoyed that she failed on the ninth as that spoilt what was a very steady front half and compounded this error by failing on the next hole as well but thereafter, although the 12th was a problem, she carded three successive pars and finished strongly to hold her position at the top of the table.

Close behind her was Ellie Haughton (3) with 36 points.

Ellie completed the front nine in one under par (thanks to two birdies) and was in good shape for a similar score on the back half until the 12th (where she double bogeyed) and she finished the last four holes in regulation.

Third spot went to Angela Wheeler (13) who scored 34 points.

Angela was steadier on the front half than coming home but was delighted to birdie the final hole.

At the weekend, the Martins Mixed 4Somes Trophy was fought out on the Lakes course and this resulted in a win for Trevor Smith and Stephanie Craft with a nett score of 66.5, four shots clear of the second placed team of Russ Holden and Marie Shelton.

Third spot went to Liz Haughton and Joe Sargood with 71.0.

There was more success in the junior ranks.

Ellie and Izzy Haughton were both members of the Lincolnshire Girls first team that won their league finals against Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

Isabella Condie was also a member of the second team that won their league.

Ellie also won the best gross at the Rutland Water Junior Open while Ollie Hubbard came second on nett scores at the same competition and Wilby Toothill won nearest the pin.

The men’s friendly team hosted local rivals Burghley Park on Saturday at an annual event to support the closure of their course during the Burghley Horse Trials.

There were high expectations for the home team who, having suffered a tight away loss the previous week to the same club, were looking to make home advantage pay.

Unfortunately Burghley were able to draw from an unusually large pool of players (due to closure of their course) and they fielded a very strong team who were in good form.

Despite the overall heavy loss, the pairing of Max Maksymiw and Packa Risi caused the only upset with a stunning performance in recovering from an initial two down by virtue of some masterful putting from the home pair.

Although the Burghley pair managed to keep the game close, their hopes were shattered on the 17th hole by a spectacular putt by Max from off the green for a birdie which left the visitors hopes shattered and a win beyond their grasp.

The only other notable event was the anchor performance by Paul Thwaites and Radley Wardhaugh, who were at one point four down, but managed to slow down the opposition and recover to record an amicable half on the 18th hole.

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