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Scoring levels were high in the Gents June Medal at Greetham Valley with the top six places being separated by only one shot and the top three players all scoring nett 67.

The overall winner was Gareth Tarrant (19) who started unsteadily as he dropped shots on the front half, but his return section of only four over gross was good enough to earn him top place.

Chris Waterhouse (11) was playing very steady golf to be only three over gross at the turn and he played even better on the back with a further seven pars, including a run of six successive pars to finish his round in second spot.

In third place, Harry Sargood (12) started almost too well as he birdied two of the first four holes only to drop shots towards the end of the first nine.

However, on the back half, with six pars and only three over gross on that half, he was well satisfied.

Dave Chisholm (23), who only joined Greetham last year from Burghley, was an unexpected winner in the Gents Midweek Medal following a terrific score of nett 65.

Chisholm slotted five pars in his round and only allowed three double bogeys onto his card as he progressed around the course.

In second place, first team captain Richard Wilson (8) had a great round of 68 with two birdies and 11 pars but he ran into trouble on the penultimate hole.

Darren Child (5) carded a nett 69 in a round which included two birdies and an eagle on the 15th, but bogeys on the last two holes knocked him into third spot.

Isabella Condie (19), fresh from her success at the Lincolnshire Junior Championships where she won most improved junior, took the Ladies June Medal with a three under par score of 71.

She was delighted with a birdie on the sixth, but three pars on the back nine (especially on the 18th) were good enough for top place.

Close behind, on 72, was Sophie Beardsall (1) with an almost faultless round with three birdies and 12 pars.

Jackie Friend (18) came third with 76 in a round which kept threatening to be better as she carded pars and bogeys only for double bogeys to creep onto her card at awkward moments.

The ladies had various competitions during the week and in the Over 60s event Chris Edwards (22) was third with four pars in her round to score 36.

The top two had to be separated on countback.

Both players scored 37 but Jill Canning (18) was second and Sandra Begy (36) came top.

On the same day a nine hole stableford (followed by supper) was won by ladies captain Sue Brand with 19 points thanks to a birdie on the ninth.

Stephanie Craft (17) was second with 17 points, including a birdie on the second.

Susie Ellis (20) came third with 14 after a disappointing start.

In a separate nine hole competition, Gilly Grant came third with 17 points, only to be beaten by Bev Dolman (11) who totalled 20, thanks to six pars but the overall winner, on countback, was Hazel Hinch.

Ex-Burghley players were also to the fore in the Seniors Medal (which was held on Bank Holiday Tuesday) where they took first and third places.

Top position went to Jim McGee (12) with nett 66 after a round that would have been even better had he stayed out of the water on the final hole.

With 13 pars Jim was a model of consistency and it was this that allowed him to take his first honour at his new club.

The perennial (podium placed) Radley Wardhaugh (19) came second with nett 71 with a real curate's egg of a round which mixed five pars with an equal number of double bogeys but he was pleased to par 16 and 17 before going swimming on the last.

Third spot went to Eddy Montgomery (9) who scored 72 including a birdie on the sixth.

Montgomery invariably puts together a good card but on this occasion double bogeys on 10 and 18 spoilt his otherwise excellent back nine with its six pars.

The Stan Houlden Trophy, played in memory of a very popular member, is probably the most popular event in the Seniors calendar and, on the Lakes course, 71 players contested the competition.

John Taylor (13) was the winner with an excellent score of 41 in a round which included two birdies and eight pars.

Taylor should have scored higher given that he made uncharacteristic errors on the fifth and 15th but was pleased overall.

Neil Lowndes (10) took second spot with 39 despite starting very badly (for him) on the first four holes. Thereafter he dropped only two shots to the card over the next 14 holes and those were on the last two holes.

Tim Howlett (18) has been having a torrid time recently but a birdie on the first clearly inspired him as he ended up with 37 points in third place.

Although he mixed his pars with double bogeys he was pleased to end up better than par.

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