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Ellie retains Champion-of-Champions crown

Greetham Ladies who won the Scratch League. (4160805)
Greetham Ladies who won the Scratch League. (4160805)

The roll of honours at Greetham Valley this year has continued after another victory treble.

The ladies team won the Lincolnshire Scratch League final at Holme Hall against Woodhall Spa, having qualified by winning the Southern League last month, while Ellie Haughton triumphed in the Under 18 Midlands Champion-of-Champions event for the second year running.

Following this, Greetham’s young juniors won gold at the final of the first Sixes League - a new initiative - at Belton Woods.

In the Scratch League final, Haughton won her game by 5&4 with mum Liz also easing home by 3&2 while Bev Dolman fought hard but eventually went down to a very strong opponent by 3&1.

Gilly Grant was delighted with the end result but recognised the support from all the members who had played in the earlier matches which enabled the team to reach the finals.

In the weekend medal competition, Paul Thwaites (15) had a great win - which he has been threatening all summer - when he scored nett 68 on the Lakes course, closely followed by Craig Stones and Craig Allan both on 69.

Paul completed the front half in only seven over gross thanks to three pars although a double bogey on the eighth frustrated him.

On the return half Paul had a further three pars and a birdie on the 14th for good measure.

Stones (20) had a mixed round with four pars on the front nine but he interchanged this with a number of errors which negated his good play.

Coming home, a great birdie on the long 15th definitely gave encouragement but the helpful wind on that hole was against him on the next and a double bogey ensued.

Allan (13) would have been in a very strong position on the front half with five pars and a birdie but a disaster on the third - where he took an eight - did him down.

A further three pars and another birdie (on the 13th) made for an excellent return half as he completed that in four over gross.

In the ladies competition, Jackie Friend had a terrific round to score nett 65 (with a handicap cut to 15) and had a seven shot margin to second placed R Nicholls on 72, followed by Sophie Beardsall on 73.

Jackie played a beautifully even round with nine pars and nine bogeys in a great example of steady play.

In second spot, Nicholls (13) started brilliantly with a birdie and continued with very even play until she got to the seventh which caused problems.

Coming home an additional birdie on the 12th was very welcome and a succession of pars meant that a good finishing score was looking on the cards but a triple bogey on the last spoilt her day.

Sophie (1) was as reliable as ever in her round and two birdies and three bogeys mean that she completed her round in one over gross.

During the week the ladies played two competitions with the Golden Girls variation proving very popular, particularly with Liz Taylor (23) who scored 37 points (despite two failures to score) as she won by one point from Jane O'Donnell.

Jane (26) also had two failures including one on the final hole but she was just able to stay ahead of Bryony Batch with 34.

While this competition was in play, the ladies were also playing a nine hole game in which Ellie Haughton was the clear winner with 21 points where she had two birdies and an eagle (on the fifth).

Rachel Southwell (26) came in behind Ellie with an excellent 19 points with which she was delighted as she carded two pars as well as a couple of bogeys.

Third place went to Sue Wiles (21) who was delighted to score a birdie on the eighth in her total of 18 points.

The ladies also took part in an Am-Am competition on the Lakes Course and, as the lady captain was away, Anne McCulloch kindly took charge.

The teams taking the top three places were Jill Cannings, Joyce Squires, Pat Dawson and Bryony Batch in third place with a score of 80 points.

Second, with a brilliant 86 points, were Fay Taylor, Dee Hinch, Susie Ellis and Valda Austin.

The winners, with a fantastic score of 88 points, were Lesley Storey, Sue Wiles, Irene Bastow and Jane O'Donnell.

Eight ladies from Greetham Valley travelled to Brampton Park on Friday to play in a friendly match.

Some of the team hadn't played the course before and realised, after playing the first hole, that course management would be the most important factor on the day.

Luckily the showers that had been forecast didn't make an appearance but there was a strong cool wind.

The Greetham team consisted of Sue Brand (lady captain), Anne McCulloch, Bev Dolman, Lesley Young, Jo Robinson, Jackie Friend, Angela Wheeler and Lizzie Taylor.

The end result was, unfortunately, a 2.5-1.5 loss though special mention should be made of Jo Robinson and Jackie Friend who managed a win and to Bev Dolman and Lesley Young who managed the half.

The seniors section played their September Medal on the Lakes course on Monday and, although there was a slight breeze, conditions were almost perfect for good golf.

The Wiles family have clearly been having group golf lessons as Gordon (28) followed his wife's lead from earlier in the week by taking third place as he recorded nett 69.

Gordon started well with a succession of nett pars but struggled on holes seven and eight before adding another nett par on the ninth.

On the back half Gordon had three successive pars before he wearied a little and started to drop shots over the last five holes.

In second place Micky Fish (17) scored nett 66 thanks to a great front half of only five over gross where he had a mix of pars and bogeys.

This form continued on the back half and it was only on the 16th (played into the wind) where Micky had his only score worse than bogey.

The overall winner was the ever-reliable Graham Smith (6) who finished with nett 65 in a round that had two bogeys, one birdie and an eagle.

Graham was particularly strong on the back nine which he completed in two under gross.

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