Nerveless debutants guide Valley to victory

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Four debutants took their bow when Greetham 
Valley defeated high-flying Burghley Park 3½-2½ on Saturday.

With many of Greetham’s first team away or unavailable, the visitors could sense a victory was on the cards however, after inflicting a whitewash upon Gedney Hill last time out, captain Neil Harris had assembled a side determined to prove their worth.

Chris Steele and debutant number one Steve Anderson battled hard to finish 2up but this was quickly followed by an emphatic 6&5 victory for Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson.

Another epic tussle saw George Grant and second debutant Ben Easson finish all square after a tense final hole.

Simon Bateman and yet another debutant, Peter De Kremer, failed to overpower the visitors and were defeated 4&3 however, captain and final debutant Tony Veasey reversed the previous score with a 4&3 win.

With the league points secured, the final game with Fraser Denholm and Dean Greetham was academic with the visitors finishing 1up on the last hole.

After the victory, Greetham skipper Harris said: “It was an important game for us and with so many regular players missing, we had to battle very hard.

“The core of the team were well supported with many new players making their first appearance for the first team. I couldn’t have asked for any more from each and everyone of them.

“It was a fantastic performance which we must use and build on for the remainder of the season, and with two away fixtures to follow, we will have to work hard for every point if we want to improve our league position.”

l This year’s ladies invitation was played in cold wind and rain which was perhaps to blame for unusually low scores.

The field of 44 ladies, from 20 different golf clubs, including three former members including Sheila Dugmore, who with Jackie Friend won with a score of 39 points.

Former member Kay Ropson was second, along with Pat Jamieson, on 35 and the third-placed pair also featured a former member Rena Lister and Sarah Whitworth recording 31 points.

Ladies vice-captain Bev Dolman didn’t take long to settle in after her recent holiday, winning the Pat Holloway Trophy with a score of 36 points and was cut to 11.

Second, on countback, was county player Emma Timmings who came in with 33.