Victory caps Greetham golfer’s magnificent return

Paul Downs is enjoying a victorious return to the fareways at Greetham
Paul Downs is enjoying a victorious return to the fareways at Greetham
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Paul Downs capped a memorable return to golf with a victory in Greetham Valley’s club championships after just two months back on the fairways.

The former Stamford Bels footballer had taken an eight-year break from golf before dusting off his clubs in April.

Last week he struck the winning gross (92) and net scores on the Lakes course in the 19 to 28 handicap Club Championships.

He dropped only nine shots in the first 13 holes but thought that he had blown it with double bogies on the final two holes. However, his gross 92 was four clear of second placed Bill Skinner.

Last year’s winner, James Ablett, was third after stumbling on 16th and final holes to finish on 98.

Downs is now chasing enough handicap reductions to qualify for the scratch to 18 two day Club Championships in July.

l Greetham Seniors are enjoying a successful season under the captaincy of Rod Wells, taking a terrific half from their latest match, away against Whetstone.

Valley were close to winning the match, with Whetstone sinking a tough putt on the final hole to snatch a win and level the team scores.

A few day’s later Rod and his team welcomed The Leicestershire to Greetham and won 4&2 in wet conditions.

The Seniors’ May Stableford qualifier was played in windy conditions, leading to low scores.

Eight handicapper Ken Porter won division one with 34 points. The next four players came in on 33 and had to be settled on countback. John Taylor was second and John Dowding third place with David Wallace and Ken Stewart pushed back into fourth and fifth respectively.

Charles Guttridge, playing off 20, won division two with 35 points. Denis Cleggett took second with 34 and 22-handicapper John Morfee was third with 32.

l Greetham Valley ladies hosted Burghley Park in the league, winning 3-1 on Saturday.

Burghley were without a full team, handing Greetham a one game head start and Valley never looked back.

l Peter De Kremer pipped long-time leader Jack Vernal by a single point to win the Jubilee Trophy on Monday.

De Kremer, off seven, got off to a bad start with a double bogie on the first but went on to make four birdies and six pars to finish with 38 points. Robert Gray, off 14, was third with 35 points.