GOLF: Proudman and Haughton win the July Medal competitions at Greetham Valley
At Greetham Valley, over the weekend, both Ladies and Gents played their July Medal in ideal weather conditions, with minimal wind and dry greens.
In the Gents section, first place was taken by Chris Proudman with an amazing net 63 in a round which would have been so much better if he had not visited the water on the final hole.
Proudman said he thought this was the best he had ever played and is delighted to be reduced to 17 for the next competitions.
Second place went to Gary David Smith with a score of 66 which normally might have been the winning score; playing off 18, he achieved 11 pars in his round but was pegged back by four double bogeys in the middle of the round.
Third place was taken by Paul Thwaites with an excellent score of 67 net; playing off 22 Paul carded seven pars in his round and achieved a handicap reduction to 20 for the next game.
In the Ladies Medal, the top two places were decide on countback between Angela Wheeler and Ellie Haughton; both players had net scores of 71 but the overall winning position went to Haughton by virtue of her last nine holes which she played to a score of 1 over gross, including a birdie on the long 15th hole.
Wheeler, playing off 12 also scored well but she played her best golf on the front nine to allow Haughton the edge. For their efforts, both players had their handicap reduced by one.
Third place was taken by Kay Ropson (9) who had a fine steady round but she was undone with a visit to the water on the short sixth hole.
l In the Ladies Midweek Stableford competition, which was played in foul weather conditions, the ladies showed their metal by staying out on the course in spite of the almost continuous rain which had a heavy effect on the scoring.
Third place was taken by Gillian Upton with 30 points in a round that started full of promise with 18 points on the front half but the rain gradually wore her down and her scoring tailed off as the attractions of the dry clubhouse overcame her concentration.
Second place went to Cathy Steele with 31 points and she likewise started strongly but faded as the round went on.
The overall winner was Liz Haughton (6) with 34 points and a remarkably even scoring round of pars and bogeys on all holes.
l The Seniors played their July Medal on the Valley course on the Monday in glorious sunny weather and there were no excuses for anyone not carding a competitive score.
Notwithstanding the conditions there was a wide range of scores submitted and, with the lengthening rough, the penalty for not hitting the fairways has made accuracy a high priority.
Third place was taken by Rob Gray with a par score of 68 in a round in which Gray, unusually, had trouble with some of the par threes.
Second place went to Ken Porter with a net 66; Porter, who plays off 11, started like a train with pars on the first seven holes but he was undone by a visit to the water on the ninth hole.
Putting this disappointment behind him, Porter continued his steady play on the second half to complete his round with a further four pars on the back nine.
The overall winner was Richard Turner with a score of 63. Turner (17) also had a strong front nine until he hit water on the ninth but managed to complete the first half in five over gross. On the back nine his concentration wandered a little but he still scored seven over gross including another watery experience on the final hole.