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Geoff Williams notched a winning score of 41 points as the gents and ladies at Greetham played a stableford qualifier on the Valley course.

Williams (13) started his round in great form with five pars and completed the half in only four over gross.

His back nine was equally scored at four over gross but the benefit of a birdie on 11th was mitigated by one extra bogey.

In second place David Grieve (14) scored 40 points which included a nil score on the fifth where everything went wrong. Grieve had similar problems on the 15th.

Craig Allan (13) also scored 40 to take third spot in a curate's egg of a round with three birdies and eight pars but too many double bogeys or worse kept knocking him back.

Lesley Young (18) was the best scorer in the ladies competition with a fine 36 points.

She was delighted to card a birdie on the 15th as she finished the last four holes strongly.

At the same time, a category five-six qualifier was played on the Valley where Connor Mousey (35), who has been determined to get his handicap down, scored 38 points.

The highlight of his round was a birdie on the fourth but it was a visit to the water on the final hole that prevented an even better score.

Tracy Holden recently had a great win and is continuing to show good form as she amassed 34 points in a steady round although two of the par threes (on seven and 13) did cause major problems.

The qualifying rounds on Sunday for the national four-some competitions were played.

In the Ladies Peugeot four-somes, there was a win for the team of Hayley Hunt and Stephanie Croft with 37 points, just beating Kay Ropson and Pat Jamieson on countback. Dee Hinch and Valda Austin were third.

In the Gents Tudor Springs four-somes, there was a comfortable win for stalwarts Bob Beverly and Graham Smith who scored a nett 72, beating Wayne Sharpe and Neil Baker who totalled 73.5.

Kian and Stephen Pearce (2558255)
Kian and Stephen Pearce (2558255)

Greetham organised a Junior and Adult Open which was a huge success with more than 70 entries.

The top team, and winners of The Rutland Times Trophy, were Kian and Steve Pearce with 45 points, closely followed (in second spot) by Tilly and Doug Garfoot from Spalding with 44 points.

Third place went to another visiting team of Ella and Matt Whaley (from Beeston Fields) with 41 points.

There were many other prizes but the other notable one was the speed golf competition on the ninth which was won by Phil Curtis, Archie Curtis, Ellie Haughton and Dee Hinch with 48.74 seconds.

In the Ladies Midweek Medal, Jane O’Donnell (26) came out on top with a nett 75 on the Lakes course.

She had a very steady front nine (apart from the second hole which went seriously wrong) to reach the turn in regulation.

The back nine was going along reasonably but double bogeys on the last three holes was a disappointment.

Coming just one shot behind was Haley Hunt (11) who had a great birdie on the third and also a further three pars on the front.

A further four pars on the back half set her up for a good score but a visit to the water on the last undid her bid for top spot.

In third place Sheila Douty (13) scored 77 thanks to a very solid front half which she completed better than nett par.

The back half was disappointing though as a few high scoring holes crept onto her card.

It was a busy day on the Lakes course on Saturday with both the men’s first and second teams playing Sudbrook Moor and Boston respectively.

The second team won handsomely 6-0 while the first team remain undefeated in their opening five games of the season after earning a hard fought draw - a result which was in doubt through the whole afternoon.

Adam Clegg and Anton Wells got the team off to a winning start with a comfortable 3&2 win and the, then previously undefeated, team of Chris Steele and Darren Sargood unluckily lost the 18th hole to lose one down.

Pete Dickinson and club captain Paul Clegg restored the team's lead with a 3&2 win which was followed by narrow losses for Darren Child with Ben Easson and Ray Gladwinfield with Rory Smith.

This left team captain Richard Wilson and debutant young Joe Sargood needing to win their match.

In a closely fought battle in which neither pair was ever more than one up, the game reached the 18th tee all square.

Eventually Richard had two puts from 40ft across the whole of the green for a win. Despite a nervous first effort he managed to sink the second for a much-needed win and an overall half in the match.

The first team are still at the top of the league but with a tough run-in for their final few games. This will start away at second-placed Belton Woods in two weeks time.

The annual ladies four-way match was hosted by Spalding GC.

It consists of eight lady players from four Clubs - Belton Woods, Greetham Valley, Melton Mowbray and Spalding.

A player from each club goes out in a fourball and records their stableford points. All players points are totalled at the end of play to reveal the winners of the trophy.

As ever Spalding was in excellent condition, with penalising thick rough and very difficult pin positions on the greens, many of them being placed on slopes. Despite these challenges all the ladies enjoyed their day.

Representing Greetham was Gilly Grant (8), Dee Ginnity (11), Sheila Douty (12), Sue Brand (14), Susie Ellis (20), Cathy Steel (21), Margaret Littlemore (21) and Dee Hinch (31).

All the players eagerly awaited the arrival of their team-mates in the clubhouse at the end of play to find out who the trophy would be presented to.

The current holders, Belton Woods, were disappointed when they were placed fourth with 188 points.

In third place was Greetham Valley with 196 points, Melton Mowbray were the runners-up with 208 points and the trophy was presented to the lady president of Spalding GC, Jean White, who had amassed a total of 244 points.

Eight ladies from Greetham Valley travelled to Thorney Lakes to play in a friendly match.

Some of the ladies that had played at Thorney previously noticed some of the improvements to the course.

The Greetham Valley Team consisted of Sue Brand (lady captain), Dee Hinch, Anne McCulloch, Chris Edwards, Valda Austin, Eileen Pare, Jill Cannings and Margaret Littlemore.

Despite the Greetham Valley team playing some great golf, the slow greens caused problems and the overall result was a 2.5 -1.5 loss.

Special mention to Anne McCulloch and Chris Edwards who managed a win and Valda Austin and Eileen Pare who managed a half.

The mixed team played at Belton Woods where they lost 4.5-1.5.

Ken Upton achieved one of his lifelong targets when he won the Seniors Veterans Trophy (for the over 70s) on Monday.

He had recently been losing interest in competitive golf until the handicap rule changes in January gave him renewed impetus and interest and, as a result of this win, his handicap is now back to 28.

Upton started with a par on the first and was in sparkling form all the way round the front half, finishing with two further pars for eight over gross at the turn.

The back nine troubled him a bit more but Ken was resolute and managed to score on all holes for his best round in many a year.

Phil Harris took second spot with 42 points and had 10 pars and a birdie with nothing worse than a bogey. The 11-handicapper was delighted with his steady play.

In third place was another stalwart of the seniors section, Ken Stewart, who had taken a six month medical sabbatical and as a result was struggling to re-find his form.

Stewart (10) had started with four bogeys and was frustrated with his putting initially but thereafter he found his mojo and played the last 14 holes in only two over gross, including a birdie on the 15th.

The seniors section played a Texas Scramble on the Valley course and there was a win for the team of Mike Hoye, Mike Maffei and Phil Harris with a nett score of 59.1.

Second place went to Neil Lowndes, Terry McNulty and Keith Heppenstall with 61.0 while in third spot were Robin Nixon, Roger Teasdale and Michael Marshall with 61.9.



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