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Poppy Cup team from left: Winston Childs, Cormac Calnan, Joe Sargood and Wilby Toothill

 Greetham Juniors continue to shine in Poppy Cup


The Greetham Valley Junior B Team continued their run in the Royal British Legion Junior Golf Challenge (Poppy Cup) with a great win at home against a strong Nuneaton team and have now progressed to the quarter finals.

The Poppy Cup is a season-long knockout tournament for junior golfers throughout the country and started with 158 teams and the early rounds were held on a regional basis with the last two rounds to be held at Staverton Park. Greetham have now progressed to the last eight and are one win away from the national final stages. Playing on the Lakes course, the team of Joe Sargood (8), Wilby Toothill (16), Cormac Calnan (19) and Winston Childs (17) put in a tremendous team effort to take the win; the format of the match was pairs matchplay with the winner being decided by the aggregate win-loss total over all 18 holes for each match. In the first game out, Joe and Wilby started well and they were three up after three holes; though they were  pegged back slightly, the match was eventually won by 6 up (over the 18 holes) but it was on the back nine that this team really came good as Wilby bagged two nett eagles to add to the birdies also on offer. In the second game out Cormac and Winston also started well to go three up after 3 but they were then on the end of some strong play from the opposing pair and at the 16th tee they were two down; realising that the overall match result could depend on these last three holes, they fought back to win one of the last two and this, with another half, meant that they took the match to the final hole where they conjured an excellent win to halve their game and to give Greetham the overall team victory. Next match up is against Redditch, to be held at Greetham Valley in September.

 

In the Martins Mixed Foursomes at the weekend on the Valley course there was a tussle for the top three places and, with only one shot separating the top three, there was a win for the domestic pairing of Valda Austin and Ian Lidbetter who scored a nett 66 (after their 20 shot handicap deduction); Valda and Ian had a very even round (apart from an 8 on the 5th) which was highlighted by a birdie on the 16th. In second place were Ian Bain and Lesley Young who ended up with 66.5; Ian and Lesley were particularly pleased to par the 12th hole but their final score of 5 on the last cost them the top spot. Taking third place were Winston Childs and Kay Ropson with nett 67 and with only the 7th causing problems they were pleased with their overall play.

 

Ian Taylor recorded his first hole-in-one in the Bank Holiday Mixed Stableford competition on the Valley Course 13th when he floated a wedge onto the green for a gentle run into the hole. As it was his first hole-in-one in a competition the adrenalin was too much as Ian seemed to go off the boil for the next few holes.

 

52 members turned up at Blankney Golf course on Friday to play in the second of the Captain's Away Days and were greeted by a course in great condition with very rapid greens and pin positions in very aggressive positions. With players having to adapt to different golf conditions with soft fairways and the rapid greens it was no surprise that the top five places were all taken by low handicap players; fourth and fifth places were taken by Russ Aust and Paul Clegg (respectively) with 34 points whilst Adam Clegg came third with 35. The top places were decided on countback and the eventual winner, with 36, was Trevor Smith who just pipped Peter Dickinson into top spot. For the nearest the pin competitions there was a popular winner on the 7th where Dennis Millington played a lovely tee shot to within 4 feet and on the longer 16th Adam Clegg placed his ball pin high to take that prize. On the final hole Trevor Smith was nearest the pin in two.

 

As a result of the Bank Holiday the Seniors played their Medal competition on the Tuesday in absolutely perfect golf conditions. The winner of Division 1 was Eddy Montgomery (11) with a nett score of 68 just beating Jack Vernal (14) on countback. Eddy played steady golf throughout with his only double bogey coming on the 13th but he finished the last four holes in only one over gross (with a birdie on the last) to confound Jack. Jack was also steady throughout but his birdie was on the first half and his double bogey on the 16th; it was this juxtaposition which cost him the top spot. In third place Bernie Bell scored 70 and he, likewise, would have been fighting for top position had the water not intervened on the last. In Division 2 Stuart Dodd (21) took top slot with 70 (nett) in spite of nearly throwing it all away on the back half; having turned a with a sub-par score Stuart got into trouble on the par-5's on the back nine and dropped more shots than he wished but he had just sufficient leeway to beat Keith Heppenstall on 71; Keith (20) had multiple disasters  on the 16th which ruined what would have been the best score in either division but was thankful to stay near the top of the board. Third spot went to Fred Want with 72 thanks to a level round of par golf.

 

Monday saw Seniors golf return with a Pairs Better-Ball competition played on the Lakes course with some amazing scores which reflected the perfect conditions for golf with no wind, true greens and warm weather. Normal scores for Pairs Better-Ball are in the mid forties but on this day the leading score of 51 caused amazement in the clubhouse. Playing off 90% handicaps Mike Hoye (17) and Mike Maffei (13) stormed around the course, seemingly scoring nett birdies at will; on the first nine holes they rattled up 9 pars to total 25 points and overall both players contributed almost equally. Coming home they had a further 7 pars, one birdie and a bogey for another 26 points. Second position was taken by Robin Freeman and Ian Taylor with 46, just beating Graham Smith and George Brand with 46 also. There were a further six teams with scores of 42 or better.


Published: 05/09/2017





 
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