Cannings wins the festive prize at Greetham

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During the week Greetham Valley Ladies held their Christmas party followed, the next day, by their Turkey Trot competition in which, as the name implies, the winners received vouchers for their Christmas turkeys.

The previous evening’s activities led to a number of competitors walking the first few holes rather gingerly but did not deter entrants from competing. Notwithstanding this, the Ladies dressed suitably for the season and the Lakes course was awash with reds, whites and greens as Mother Christmases and Elves made their way round. In third place next year’s vice-captain, Annie McCulloch (18), scored 34 points in a steady round with scores on all holes. Second place went to Jacky Bayley (also off 18) with 35 points but the overall winner was Jill Cannings who won with 35 points on countback; Jill’s round included six pars with three on each half but unfortunately she no-scored on the tenth to mar an otherwise textbook round.

l Over the weekend the Gents Christmas Texas Scramble was held on the Lakes course and as ever competition was fierce in this popular format. Playing off one tenth of aggregate handicaps in teams of four, third place went to John Dowding, Steve Bennoson, Chris Proudman and Ellie Haughton with a net score of 61.6.

Second place went to Peter Wood, Terry Romeo, Alasdair McNaughton and Liz Haughton with a score of 60.1.

The winners however were a three-ball (having lost a player at the start) consisting club captain Fred Aspin, second team player Steff Dutton and Lincs Golf Junior organiser Pat Jones with an excellent net score of 59.6. Their round consisted eight birdies and 10 pars with outward totals of 33 and an inbound total of 31 (gross). It seemed entirely appropriate for the outgoing club captain to win a competition in the final month of his tenure and Fred said he was delighted to show members that he could actually put a good round together.

l The Seniors section played a Yellow Peril competition in wonderfully mild conditions on Monday and scoring reflected the conditions.

Two teams were unable to complete the full 18 holes having lost their yellow ball but still enjoyed the mild weather. With scores being taken as yellow plus the best other score, in third place were Ken Stewart, Denis Cleggett and Jack Vernal who must have thought they were in with a winning chance when they walked off the 18th green with 82 points; second place went to Mike Hoye, Mike Maffei and John Dowding with 85 points including a contribution of 21 points from Mike Hoye.

The winners, however, with 87 were Robert Birch, Keith Godwin and Martin Jeffery; with individual scores of 39, 43 and 38 they played amazingly consistent golf and thoroughly deserved their win.