James saves his best for trophy success

James Cure at Greetham Valley Golf Club
James Cure at Greetham Valley Golf Club
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James Cure posted his best score of the year, a net 66, to win Greetham’s Sturgess Volvo Competition last week.

The 10-handicapper parred the first but then dropped two shots on the next two holes on the Lakes Course. Three more pars were followed by a bogie on the seventh and James then set off on a superb run, dropping only one more shot on the next 11 holes to come home with a gross 76 to win the event which had been postponed in August due to bad weather.

James said that he would usually have been satisfied to par 10 of 11 holes but that to drop a shot on the par five 13th because of a silly mistake was disappointing.

While taking his practice swing he inadvertently knocked the ball with his foot and had to take a one shot penalty. Without that lapse in concentration, it would have been 11 straight pars.

James also won the lowest gross and was cut to nine.

Twenty seven handicapper Justin Perry also had a fantastic round. He came second with a gross 95, net 68 and was cut to 25. Gary Moat, off 14, was third with a gross 83, net 69 . He was cut to 13. Out of the 25 top finishers, 16 were playing off 10 or below.

The first round of the winter order of merit got under way at the weekend with many new faces swelling the ranks.

Men’s vice-captain Trevor Smith was one of the players new to this year’s competition, and he blitzed the field to win round one with an impressive 41 points.

As a result he was docked two shots and will play the next round off plus 0.3.

Twenty-two handicapper Ted Burke took second place with an impressive 40 points. Third place went to Simon Bateman, off six, with a score of 39.

Rob Lewin had a great win in the October midweek Stableford on the Lakes course.

Rob won with 41 points. Fraser Denholm was second with 38, and Martyn Pitcher third with 36 points.

Rutland Water GC

Rutland Water Seniors played their final club match of the season in good conditions on Sunday, losing 4½-1½ to a strong Birstall team.

Bob Sachs and Michael Rimmer won their round, and David Mee and Tim Beck halved while the parings of David Williams and Iain Munro, Norman Parish and Tony Wright, Barry Read and Dave Dalglish, and John Sansome and Denis Hand all lost.

Captain Bob Sachs thanked all the senior members who have supported the section and represented the club this year, and hopes the team will have success next season.