Dean turns up heat in a sizzling finale

Greetham Valley Seniors
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Greetham Valley GC

SIZZLING play on one of the hottest autumn days on record rounded off Greetham’s medal season.

The final club medal of the 2011 was played on the Lakes course with competition so tight, the top four had to be separated on countback in division one.

The winner was nine-handicapper Dean Wilkinson with a gross 77. Eight-handicapper Alan Bennett was second with 76 and ten-handicapper Dave Pusch third with 78. George Grant was the unlucky one of the quartet, who had to settle for fourth place. All the four players scored a nett 68.

Twelve-handicapper Carl Causbrook won division two with a gross 78, nett 66, which was also the lowest gross. Countback was required to sort out the next two spots with Elliott Clark, off 13, second with a gross 80, and Peter Zimmer Smith third place with a gross 82, nett 67.

Division three winner was 20-handicapper Les Orridge with a gross 90, nett 66. His son Jason was second with a gross 88, nett 69, and Paul Jarvis took the final spot with a gross 88, nett 69. Jason and Paul were separated on countback for places but shared the lowest gross prize.

l GREETHAM Ladies played their October Medal a day earlier when 25-handicapper Christine Slattery won with a sterling gross 98, nett 73.

Eve Mills and Rena Lister both scored a gross 88, nett 69, and had to be separated on countback. Eve took second place and Rena was third.

l The Seniors enjoyed a satisfying end to their league season beating Park Hill 5-1.

Their final game of the season was at home against Birstall and they won 6-2 with the highlight being the five and four win by Neil Bradbury and David Smith.

Seniors Captain Mike Guy said that he has been overwhelmed by the support that he has received from the seniors section this year.

They have played 35 matches against 21 clubs with 54 players taking part. They have lost only 10 of those matches.

Toft GC

MAIREAD Scott has been crowned winner of the Toft Golf Club ladies club championship.

Six players competed over two days, battling for the lowest gross score after the two rounds.

The first day’s scores were competitive but without suggesting a clear winner. Heading the list was Mairead Scott on 86 ahead of Mandy Lees on 90.

Lorraine Robinson, last year’s Champion was close behind on 92 with the club’s lady captain, Helen Roscoe, on 93, Margaret Dair 95 and Alison Ravenhill 101.

Lorraine put up a fight on the crucial second day with a fighting score of 84 but a masterly round of 81 was enough to secure the title for Mairead who ended with a gross total of 167 for her 15th success in this event. All six players, along with nine more ladies, competed for the Club Classic played on the one day for the best net score for 18 holes.

Mairead Scott did well in this competition too, coming third on countback with a net 71. Lorraine Robinson was second, also on 71 while the winner was Alison Ravenhill, whose Sunday’s score of 90-21 for a net 69 proved unbeatable and led to a handicap cut.

l THE first round of Toft’s Winter Medal series began on Saturday with some very good scoring; and a significant number broke par

The Winner was club captain Chris Elsey with an excellent 65. Three shots behind, in second was P Taylor with a fine 68, just pipping V Winfield who finished well with a 69.

Rutland County GC

RUTLAND County’s Senior Open Winter Series kicked off in unseasonably hot weather and the early starters were able to make the best use of the calm conditions.

Seniors from around the region entered the first of five monthly open events and Stoke Rochford’s Terry Garland laid an early marker, scoring 39 points to edge County’s Keith Barratt (38) into second spot.

Birstall’s Mike Potter was third with 38 points on countback. The next round is on November 7 and all senior golfers are welcome.

l DEGGIE Palmer roughed up club champion Ollie Freckingham in the final of the Scratch Knockout Cup coming back from two down, two to play, to win the first extra hole.

Freckingham bogied the 17th and 18th, Palmer stiffed his approach shot on the 19th and the celebrations began.

A similarly tight finish saw Pete Siciliano defeat Martin Clark 1 up in the final of the Summer Singles. Clark came back from three down to be just 1 behind on the 12th but wily campaigner Siciliano kept his head to hold on to the end.

l HEATHER Knapp is enjoying a rich vein of form.

Her 41 points earned her top spot in the Ladies Autumn meeting ahead of Jenny Cobb’s 39 points with third placed Karen Palmer scoring 38 points.

Anne Shuttleworth’s power saw her take longest drive on the 8th, Imogen Huxley was longest on the 16th. Huxley was also nearest the pin on the 4th and Ann Burnett closest on the 17th.

Stoke Rochford GC

THE finals of the Ladies knockout competitions have been played at Stoke Rochford with June Miller beating Carol Hamilton to claim the Haggerty Bowl in the singles knockout competition.

Avis Griffin and Joan Lennard beat Linda Barclay and Ruth Greenfield in the final of the foursomes knockout for the Pearce Plaque.

Winning pair Avis and Joan will go on to represent Stoke Rochford in the Daily Mail foursomes next year.