Bagworth storms order of merit competition at Greetham Valley

Rob Bagworth EMN-140411-103501001
Rob Bagworth EMN-140411-103501001
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This summer’s order of merit at Greetham Valley has been the brainchild of former president Martin Boughton.

Boughton said that he had been so well supported by the membership during his six year tenure as president that he was moved to start up the order of merit for men as a qualifying club competition.

Members who played in most of the club competitions had points allotted to them depending on where they finished, this meant that anybody who played competitions on a regular basis had a chance of winning the trophy.

Boughton said that people seemed to really get behind the idea and looks forward to it being even bigger and better next year.

The competition ended with the October medal. Up to that particular date, four people had pulled ahead of the pack and either of them could have won it.

Graham Smith off five was in contention for most of the competition but finished in fourth place with a total of 147 points.

Ryan Tarrant off two who was in second place up to the October medal ended his challenge in third with 153 points. Nine handicapper Kevin Hingle who has been there or there abouts in most competitions this year finished in second place with 155 points.

The one that they all tried very hard to catch was Rob Bagworth.

Bagworth off eleven played Greetham in September last year in a “works do” and was so impressed that he and his friend Daniel Cox joined in April this year.

The pair are so keen that they spend at least three days a week playing and practising at Greetham on the two course’s, the range and on the par three academy course where they can really practice their short game.

All of this has really paid off as Bagworth has almost halved his handicap in seven months and ended the year by winning the order of merit with 162 points.

Bagworth said that he was surprised and shocked to win the competition in his first year with the club. He went on to say that he looks forward to accepting his trophy from Boughton on prize night, which is held on November 14, with both pleasure and pride. Boughton will also be invited to try out for the second team under new Captain Mark Mousley next year.

l Jackie Friend, who captains the handicap league A team, was at Woodhall Spa during the week to pick up the prize for the teams promotion to division five in the South Lincs Handicap league.

The team beat the Spalding B team on countback to guarantee promotion this year. B indicates a team with higher handicappers in it than an A team so the Greetham players gave quite a lot of shots away on their way to the title.

Friend said that they had twenty players who played in the various matches and they gave her great support by all working hard for the team and each other.

l Also picking up their trophies were Liz Haughton and Sheila Douty. They had a magnificent win in the Lincolnshire South betterball competition early this year. They each picked up a silver salver and look forward to defending their title next year.

l Before the seniors meeting to elect their captain and vice captain for 2015 they held a three club competition, that is any two clubs and a putter. Despite the lack of other equipment the winning score is usually fairly high.

This year’s winner was ten handicapper Neil Lowndes who started on the eleventh hole in the shotgun start.

Lowndes, who took out a driver and a wedge for his weapons of choice, got off to a great start by paring the first four holes and dropping just the one shot on his fifth hole. He had a bit of a slowdown when he got just three points from the next three.

Ex-cricketer Lowndes is a bit of a fighter and bounced back with a vengeance on the front nine garnering 22 points including a superb birdie on the par four ninth. His final hole was the difficult par three tenth but while others struggled, he came off with three points for a par to round the game off.

Lowndes finished with 38 points including two blobs to win the Alan Hodgkinson trophy. He joked that he would be spending the afternoon putting the rest of his clubs on eBay as he obliviously didn’t need them.

l During the seniors meeting, Peter Wood was confirmed as seniors captain for 2015 taking over from Radley Wardhaugh. Mel Clark will be his vice captain.

l The seniors doubles was the final knockout competition to be played this year. Tim Nixon and Mike Guy took on Jack Vernal and Peter Macdonald Pearce. The match was played on the Lakes course in really spring-like conditions, warm with just the hint of a breeze. The front nine was very nip and tuck but Nixon and Guy just managed to get their noses in front to start the back nine one up.

The back nine was just as tough with neither side moving away from the other. Guy and Nixon took a slender one hole lead down the eighteenth needing just a half to win the trophy, but Vernal and Macdonald Pearce had very different ideas however.

Dixon pared the hole but so did Vernal with a shot to take the match into extra holes.

Guy hit his best tee shot of the day on the nineteenth (the first) followed by a magnificent shot close to the flag. Guy who had a shot on the hole dropped the putt for a three net two to win the trophy.