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Change in weather provides challenging test

Trevor Smith and Sophie Beardsall were triumphant in the Club Championships at Greetham Valley on Sunday.

Smith (2) was the winner of the President's Putter and overall club champion with an aggregate score of 154 after two equal rounds of 77 gross.

Club champion Trevor Smith receives his accolades. (3349750)
Club champion Trevor Smith receives his accolades. (3349750)

Beardsall (1) was the ladies champion and winner of the Waycott Bowl with her score of 157.

Jason Greig (19) won the Hinch Cup for the best gross score for handicaps over 18 with 91 gross.

Runners-up in the gross competition were Darren Sargood with 158 and Ellie Haughton on 165.

The nett winners were Mick Carnie, playing off 14, who won the Cunningham Cup with an aggregate score of 140 after an exceptional first round which he completed in only seven over gross while Stephanie Craft (17) took the Dryden Salver with her score of 153.

In the Bunny Cup for ladies over 24 handicap, Sandy Begy (33) scored 38 stableford points to win that trophy. In the 19+ division Wayne Moat (26) took the best nett score with 71.

The sudden change in the weather caused some consternation among those who, to paraphrase the club and the ladies captains at the awards ceremony, had been practising on hard and fast fairways with no wind.

Played over two days and 36 holes, the ladies and gents contestants were presented with challenging conditions.

Ladies champion Sophie Beardsall (centre). (3349748)
Ladies champion Sophie Beardsall (centre). (3349748)

In the Gents Midweek Medal, Wayne Sharpe (20) had an exceptional round to win by three clear shots with a score of 64 (nett) as he took full advantage of the dry course condition.

Starting with a run of three pars, Wayne was marginally troubled by the fourth where he took a double bogey but he recovered his equilibrium as he finished that half in gross 43 (three under his handicap score).

Starting the back nine with a birdie, Wayne had a further three pars to gross 41 (five under his handicap) to win the competition comfortably.

In second spot Gabriel Amies-McCormick (15) scored 67 in a round in which there was only one hole on which he scored worse than bogey (a double on the eighth) and also threw in three pars.

Gabriel’s back nine of only four over gross was an excellent example of consistent course management and saw his handicap reduced to 14.

Third spot went to Jon Herbert (12) who had a real mixed bag of a round which was sprinkled with three birdies and six pars, only to allow too many bogeys (and one double) to intrude onto his card. His nett score of 68 was sufficient, however, to secure third place.

The Ladies Midweek Stableford produced several scores better than par but the overall winner was Joyce Spiers (31) who rattled up 40 points despite a failure on the sixth where the water proved an insurmountable obstacle.

That hole apart, Joyce was a model of consistency and even carded three pars in her round for good measure.

Joyce just pipped Liz Darrall (24) on countback and, although Liz did score on all her holes, double bogeys on 15 and 16 were ultimately the holes which decided countback against her.

Gwen Vernal (31) made a welcome return to the winners enclosure when she came third with 38 points and she, like the overall winner, was also troubled by water (but this time on the 10th).

That apart, Gwen played consistently to her handicap and was pleased with the bonus of three pars, including one on the (also watery) 14th.

The ladies are playing the season-long Jackie Friend Order of Merit and at the halfway point Sophie Beardsall is leading with 139 points closely followed by ladies captain Sue Brand on 100 and Isabella Condie on 90.

In the Ladies Eclectic, Stephanie Craft leads with nett 59 (after five rounds), followed by Dee Ginnity on 60 and Ellie Haughton on 61.

Both Ellie and Dee are showing only pars and birdies on their cards while Stephanie has three bogeys and one double to eradicate to improve her nett score even more.

The ever successful juniors are also running two eclectic competitions (male and female) and in the latter Isabella Condie leads with nett 57 followed by Ellie Haughton on 61 and Yasmin Bass with 63.

In the boys section, Wilby Toothill and Johnathon Hedley each have 58, followed by Luc Affleck on 59.

At the halfway stage of the Gents Martin Boughton Order of Merit, Gareth Tarrant leads on 155, closely followed by Russ Aust with 122 and Dean Wilkinson on 103.

With 50 points for a win (and a reducing scale for other places) there are a number of other players who are all within striking distance of the leading group.

Greetham Ladies have played their final match in their Handicap League against Lincoln with the team knowing that a win was needed to be in contention for promotion.

With the ball running well on the fairways the first pair of Dee Ginnity and Bev Dolman found their opponents on the day to be too good for them and the match position started badly for Greetham.

Next out were Pat Jamieson and Angela Wheeler who got to three up on the 12th hole but they were pinned back to all square on the 17th, but Pat managed to halve the final hole to square that game.

Nicola Toon and Annie McCulloch were next out and they gained a two up win before the final pair of Jackie Friend and Jacky Bayley eased to a comfortable 6&5 win. The overall result was 2.5-1.5.

Having won this match Greetham now need to wait for the Blankney versus Sleaford result, with a win for Blankney meaning they (not Greetham) will gain promotion.

The seniors section played a greensomes competition on the Valley course and, although some members are not enamoured of the format, there was still a good field to beat.

The overall winners were Bernard Bell and Brian Gordon who had a terrific nett score of 58.6 which meant that they played the course in gross 72 (four over par).

Not so close behind them were seniors captain Rob Gray and Chris Gray on 61.0 with Peter Wood and Ken Porter close behind on 61.8.

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