Dave cops Greetham glory while Ellie eases home
Dave Copley and Ellie Haughton took the honours in the annual Colin Easson Trophy competition at Greetham Valley on Sunday.
Copley scored 42 points to win the gents section thanks to a round with two birdies and 11 pars.
Playing off nine, Copley eased himself round the front half in only three over gross and really only struggled on the 13thwhere he took a seven.
This was however mitigated by birdies on 14 and 17 as he completed the back nine in one over gross.
The next three places were all decided on countback from scores of 40 and second spot was taken by Jason Greig (19) as he scored 20 points on each half despite missing out on two holes. He did however make one birdie (on the sixth) to go with his six gross pars.
Just behind Jason was Gareth Tarrant (19) who was frustrated that he failed to score on the 14th and it was this that cost him a better place on countback even though he did finish with a flourish when he birdied the final hole. Peter Key was the unlucky player to finish in fourth place despite also scoring 40 points.
Haughton (3) totalled 37 points in the ladies section despite having scoring problems on two of the par threes.
Notwithstanding this she completed the last eight holes in one under gross as a succession of pars helped her recover from an error on the 10th.
Haughton completed her round with 12 pars and three birdies to take top spot.
Coming in second with 36, ladies captain Sue Brand (14) had a steady round and she was pleased to complete the first half in only four over gross.
The back half was slightly more challenging as a couple of double bogeys crept in but Brand was pleased that she had scored on all 18 holes.
Sophie Beardsall (2) was third with 34 points and she had a particularly solid front half which she completed in one under gross. The back half was more demanding as a couple of bogeys crept in and she failed to score on the 13th.
Greetham Ladies were well represented at the Lincolnshire County Championships at Kenwick Park with five contestants - Sophie Beardsall, Ellie Haughton, Liz Haughton, Gilly Grant and Izzy Haughton - all taking part with three players reaching the final knock-out rounds.
Ellie played superbly to reach the semi-final only to be drawn against Helen Hewlett, a former European Tour player, and was beaten 3&2. Sophie Beardsall lost her quarter-final one down to Emma Tipping, a former Greetham member.
Following this Sophie and Ellie have been picked to represent Lincolnshire in the championships which will be held at Hollinwell Golf Club on June 25-29.
Mick Hunt (18) took third place in the gents midweek qualifier with a total of 37 points and was looking to finish higher as he scored 19 on the first eight holes but an error on the ninth knocked him back a bit. Not to be too disturbed, he managed to score on all the remaining holes to finish with 37.
Mark Mousley (13) totalled 38 in second spot with equal points on each half.
Finishing the front nine in only five over gross, Mousley was looking good until a mishap on the 14th but a back nine which included five pars was enough to see him into second place.
The overall winner was Wayne Sharpe (21) who also had 38 but he won on countback thanks to a better back nine.
Sharpe had 13 points after four holes but was unable to keep this level of scoring throughout and a failure on the eighth penalised him.
A birdie on the 14th gave him the encouragement he needed to complete the back nine with just enough points to take the top spot.
Ten teams of three ladies participated in the Yellow Peril on the Lakes Course.
There's always a lot of pressure on the player with the yellow ball but most teams managed to bring theirs back on return to the clubhouse.
There were some very impressive scores submitted and the team of Bev Dolman, Mavis Lucas and Lesley Storey took third place with 72 points.
Second spot was taken by Sandy Begy, Hazel Hinch and Peggy Smith who totalled 75 points but the overall winners were Cathy Steele, Fay Taylor and Susie Ellis who came in with a great score of 79.
Greetham first team remain undefeated in the Lincs Scratch League after a hard fought win at a wet Toft on Saturday .
The new sponsored team tops provided by Steve Rudkin Electrical contractors again proved lucky.
With most matches very close over the front nine holes once again, the top four pairs proved too good for the home team after the turn.
Chris Steele and Darren Sargood led the way with a 3&2 win but they were outdone as Russ Aust and Darren Child eased home 5&4.
Anton Wells and Rory Smith, along with Graham Smith and Pete Dickinson, both came home 2&1 to assure the team of overall victory.
The team are now looking forward to two home fixtures on the trot and hope to cement their position at the top of the league.
In the Ladies Lincs Scratch League, Greetham played their first match at Sleaford but unfortunately lost 3-0 on a tough course for visitors.
Kay Ropson lost one down to Ann Lyon whilst Gilly Grant lost 5&4 to Di Grocock and Hayley Hunt lost 4&3 to Sue Pick.
The ladies were also playing in their Lincs Handicap League on Saturday and were away at Sleaford.
This was a very close match with the first pairing of Kay Ropson and Dee Ginnity squeezing home by one up after 18 holes.
The second pair of Sheila Douty and Angela Wheeler also had a tough encounter and, despite always being behind, they were delighted to win the final hole to halve their match.
Annie McCulloch and Jackie Friend had a similar game as they also won the last hole to halve their match.
The final pair of Jill Cannings and youngster Isabella Condie had an excellent 2&1 win and this was notable for Isabella starting off her game with two birdies and a par.
The overall result was a 3-1 win to Greetham which represented an excellent win on away territory.
Saturday also saw the opening fixture of the gents friendly matches which took place with a comprehensive 4-2 win over a talented Toft side.
The Valley course was in excellent condition which clearly placed both sides on a level playing field.
Packa Risi and Paul Thwaites were the first of four teams to attain convincing wins despite formidable pressure from the opposition, winning 4&2.
The pairings of Max Maksymiw and Peter Wood won 4&3, Gabriel Amies-Mccormick and Gary Adams won 2&1 and a stunning result for the pairing of Bill Guest and Ian Cunningham by 5&4 which placed both players on equal points for the team 'order of merit’.
More than 60 seniors played a Stableford qualifier on the Valley course in conditions that perhaps promised slightly better scoring than actual achievement.
The winner, however, with an excellent 40 points was Mike Pare (18) who had a great front half where he scored 23 points thanks to seven pars and this was despite failing on the first hole.
The back half was slightly more challenging though and Pare only managed two further pars, added to a disappointment on the 12th.
Second place went to Neil Southwell (17) who totalled 39 thanks to a strong front nine where he birdied the fourth and also carded three pars.
On the back half Southwell ran into trouble on the 11th but followed this up with a strong bogey on 12th.
Third spot was taken by Ian Taylor (20) who, like Pare, also failed on the first hole but thereafter played steady golf to accumulate points.
He had trouble again on the first hole of the back nine but four pars kept him in the running for third place.
The seniors had a charity day with the proceeds going to (seniors captain) Rob Gray's nominated charity of Prostate Charity UK.
The better ball Stableford competition was keenly contested on the Valley course by a total of 40 players and the glorious sunshine helped with maintaining a very high standard of golf (even after allowing for the fact that 26 players 'purchased' the right to claim three Mulligans, with the proceeds going to the charity).
In third place Jim and Lesley Storey had 43 points but they were beaten into third on countback by Deryk Woods and Nic Kirby while the overall winners, with 44 points, were seniors vice-captain John Taylor and his partner Bob Harmes.
Nearest the pin prizes went to Colin Avery and Deryk Woods. This was a highly successful day with a total of £384 being raised on the day for Prostate Cancer.
In the Royal British Legion Poppy Cup - to which Greetham juniors reached the final last year - Greetham B team had a good win over Oakmere to progress to the next round
The A team were drawn against a high handicap team from Peterborough Milton and were unable to prevail in a tough fixture.
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