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 Greetham Captains weekend 2017


Captains' weekend at Greetham Valley is always a popular time with fun competitions to be played and,as ever, was rounded off, on the Saturday, with a very well attended barbecue for members and guests.

 

This year the weather on Saturday was a little dubious and as a result the BBQ was moved indoors as a precaution.On Saturday the Captains (James Ablett and Annie McCulloch) had organised a four-ball Texas Scramble on the Lakes course with a shotgun start which was so well attended that most of the holes had two sets of teams waiting on each tee. With only 10% of the aggregate handicap being allocated, and teams having been selected so that most teams had very similar deductions, the competition was very keenly fought and the final result very close. The overall winners were a team of Dee Hinch, Peter Wood, Mark Haynes and Darren Child who ended up with a nett score of 58.6 (thanks to their deduction of 6.4); this round was a master-class in consistency with the team registering 7 birdies and no bogeys. Second place went to Lisa Wenham-Bossy partnered with (this year's vice-captain and first team captain) Paul Clegg, Ian Copley and Craig Allan who totalled 58.8; they like the eventual winners also played the course with a similar gross score with 6 birdies and a fine eagle on the 15th but this was counteracted by a bogey on the 18th which spoilt their run and their handicap adjustment of 6.2 eventually proved to be the difference between first and second places.

 

On Sunday, in much improved weather conditions, a better-ball pairs stableford was contested on the Valley course by 55 teams and as usual scores were high with only eight teams failing to beat the par score. Gary Coaten (14) and Steve Wooldridge (15) returned to the clubhouse with a score of 46 following a round which included a run of nine 3-pointers and they only really struggled on the final hole where they could only score just one point; this, however, proved to be crucial as they ended up in third place on countback from the husband and wife team of Ian and Fay Taylor, who also scored 46, but they had a particularly strong back nine as they rattled up 25 points on the homeward half, including 13 on the final four holes. The overall winners were a team of Fred Want (21) and Mick Hunt (18) who edged the others with a 47. On the front nine they had 7 3-pointers to turn with 25 and they continued in this vein including a fine birdie on the 13th. Mick Hunt was the principal scorer throughout (including the aforementioned birdie) but Fred Want contributed when required and, in the clubhouse, he was reliving his success on the challenging 17th where he had a birdie; following his drive and approach shot to the green Fred was some 15 foot short of the green but his trusty putter did not let him down as the ball zeroed in on the hole for the 4-pointer.

 

During the week the Ladies played their mid-week medal and Heather Morgan had one of those rounds that only come along occasionally; playing off 12 Heather started steadily but was soon carding pars and eventually finished the first half with a birdie to end up only 3 over gross. The back nine proves to be more challenging for many players but Heather was maintaining her excellent form until she took a triple at the 15th;  whilst this was a set-back Heather gritted her teeth to finish the last three holes in par for an excellent round of nett 71 (3 under the CSS) and to earn herself a handicap reduction to 11. Taking the runner-up position was Sandra Begy (36) with a nett score of 73 and Sandra was absolutely  delighted to score a 3 on the 10th which is always a challenging hole; in addition to this Sandra also had nett birdies on four other holes to complete a fine round. Third position went to Angela Wheeler (12) with a nett 76 and Angela was disappointed to start her round with a 6 on the 1st; following this she buckled down and registered 4 birdies during the round but she always felt that she was fighting the course and her form.

 

On Monday the Captains' weekend was completed by the Senior Captain arranging a four-hole knock-out competition after he saw the similarities with cricket's T20 cricket theme. In unexpected perfect golfing weather 22 pairs of Senior golfers teed off for the 4-hole knockout competition playing a different set of 4 holes for each round with first round losers entering a plate competition.  By early afternoon, just 4 pairs remained.  In the plate final, John Dowding and Peter Larter played Eddy Montgomery and Derek Mault with Eddy and Derek winning a close fought match.  In the cup final, Vice Captain Rob Gray and David Parry played Terry McNulty and Terry Jones.  The final went to the last hole and with Rob Gray being the only player on the green in two this proved decisive as Rob and David won the cup.  Of the players who were knocked out of the main competition, there was also a  1/4 handicap singles competition on the Academy course with some excellent results. Ian Jarvis and John Clinton both scored 19 points but the winner with 20 points was Keith Childs.


Published: 10/08/2017





 
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