Everything falls into place for chairman Frank

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Greetham Valley Golf Club president Martin Boughton held his annual president’s golf day on the Lakes course over the weekend.

He had arranged perfect weather for the invited former Captains and members who assembled for a shotgun start.

Greetham Valley chairman Frank Hinch who started on the first tee had a great game, the 18 handicapper blitzed the field to win.

Frank got off to a great start by making a birdie on the first hole, and then several pars and the odd bogie were followed by a brilliant birdie on the ninth. This meant that he had 22 points at the turn.

A couple of visits to the trees presented no problems but a ball in the bunker on the tricky par five 13th could have.

Frank took his usual couple of practice swings outside of the bunker and calmly stepped in, lined up and flew the ball to less than two feet past the flag, the ball then very helpfully spun back into the hole for a par. Frank had 20 points on the back to give him a total of 42 to take the win.

He said that the conditions were perfect and everything just seemed to fall into place. Men’s vice captain Trevor Smith off two was second with 41 points and assistant course manager Stuart Raybould took third with 39.

Rena Lister won the ladies competition with 32 points. Jackie Friend came second with a score of 30 points and captain Eileen Pare was third on count back with 28.

Trevor Smith won the men’s nearest the pin on the sixth and Eve Mills was closest on the 12th.

The Roy Jones trophy for the person taking the most shots on the day went to Liz Bond who just edged out Keith Crellin.

President Martin Boughton thanked everybody for their support this year.

After winning the ladies doubles competition three times, Sally Bowker playing off 13 and playing partner Sophie Beardsall off scratch found themselves in the final yet again and trying for an unprecedented fourth title.

In their way were the formidable pairing of Emma Tipping off two and 10 handicapper Heather Morgan.

In the front nine both pairings had birdies and net birdies, the lead was swapped several times but Sally and Sophie managed to carve out a three-hole lead at the turn.

Emma and Heather fought back, to win the 10th and 11th, cutting the deficit to one.

Sally then took hold of the game by the scruff of the neck and had four great holes, their opponents missed vital putts for birdies and found themselves teeing off on the long par five 16th at dormy.

Emma and Heather needed to win the hole to stay in the match but Sally, who was on a roll had other ideas.

Emma made the green in three, Sally was also on the green in three but only 10 foot from the hole.

Emma played first and just skimmed the edge of the hole for what would have been a fantastic birdie and was left with the simplest of tap in’s for a par.

Sally had two shots for a par to half the hole and take yet another win, however, after playing very well all the way through, she had other thoughts and after a good look at the hole hit the ball straight and true dead centre for a birdie, net eagle.

The seniors and the ladies section held their annual mixed away day at Blankney Golf Club last week.

Pat Dawson and playing partner Mel Clark had a great front nine scoring 21 points, a further 18 on the back nine gave them a winning score of 39 points to win the trophy.

Ladies captain Eileen Pare and seniors captain Peter Macdonald Pearce were second with 38 points. Sue Wiles and Tim Pearson, who was playing in his first mixed game, were third on count back.

Pat’s husband Chris won the nearest the pin on hole 13, Kay Ropson won it on the seventh and ladies vice captain Sheila Douty took it on the fourth. It was a very good day out organised by the seniors vice captain Rod Wells.

Emma Tipping had a great win in the Ladies October weekend medal held over the weekend.

Emma off two shot a gross 74 to win the medal and a share of the lowest gross.

Seventeen handicapper Jackie Friend was second with a gross 90 and Sophie Beardsall off scratch took third with a gross 74 and claimed a share of the lowest gross with her fellow county team mate.

The scoring was very tight in the second round of the seniors winter league, the top three had to be separated on count back as they all came in with 40 points. The win went to Malcolm Barnes by virtue of a better back nine. Gordon Wiles was second.

Division one singles winner John Taylor continued his good form to take third. The points will also count towards their totals in the winter league where the best five scores from ten games count.