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 Outstanding facilities at Greetham


Greetham Valley Golf Club

As Greetham Valley's new captains prepare for the 2013 season, both are united in the view that they and their fellow members have  outstanding courses at hand.

"In Adrian Porter, we have the best greenkeeper in the area. He does a highly professional job," insisted 44-year-old men's captain Trevor Smith.


His lady equivalent, Sheila Douty, added to that analysis by revealing that a number of Leicestershire ladies teams who had come to play at Greetham, had obviously been very impressed by course quality. "I think our courses are underrated," she added.


As a primary target, the two skippers are keen to involve more members with the club. Continued Trevor: "We want to promote our tournaments and introduce more social events. I want to help get that social feel back to how it was in the old days."


Sheila's added ambition, in bringing her own personality to the job,  is to introduce new ladies to the course. "I want to stage ladies' mornings which would enable potential new members to come along and take a look at our facilities. If they want to enjoy a round, I would be happy to arrange," she explained. "Just give the club a ring and we can be in touch."


Sheila went on: "In this age of equality, it is also important to develop and improve mixed events. That is also a target for 2013."


Both new skippers have thoroughly enjoyed their year of vice captaincy - Sheila running the mixed team and Trevor taking scratch league responsibility.

 

NEW LADY MEMBERS A KEY TARGET


Sheila Douty
Sheila Douty

Poise and an assured demeanour after success as a professional dancer will stand new ladies' captain Sheila Douty in good stead as she looks to build the ladies' membership. Potential newcomers will doubtless be put at ease by her relaxed personality.

 
A golfer at Greetham since she began playing ten years ago, Sheila has a handicap of 16 and took her first major course honour last year when she won the Landover ladies' event - female equivalent to the men's Volvo tournament.


 Brought up in Buckinghamshire, Sheila's successful career as a dancer was built on commitment and hard work. She trained at Laine Theatre Arts in Epsom where she certainly learnt all about fitness! Long and demanding warm up sessions would last up to an hour and then it was straight into a full day's schedule. "At first, I didn't think I would last," she recalled, "but, of course, you do!"


After three years, Sheila graduated as a ballet associate with training qualifications and then auditioned for work. Early bookings included work as a Roy Castle dancer and, with variety and masquerade balls a key feature of entertainment, there were many opportunities to dance.  "All the shows started with dancers," she added.


Sheila worked on Italian cruise ships for two years and also appeared as a dancer on television shows in Italy. A varied and successful career.


Married to Phil, also a golfer, they live at Castle Bytham and have two children - 23-year-old Alexander, who has just graduated from university, and Rhiannon, aged 20, studying music at uni in Manchester. Her aim, to become an opera singer, highlights a shared love of the Arts with her mother.  


COURSE RECORD A PROUD MOMENT

 

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith
 
Chosen charity
Both captains have chosen the Neonatal baby care unit at Peterborough Hospital as their chosen charity. Specialising in newborn children it provides crucial specialist aid for the vast number of conditions which can afflict babies of such a tender age. Prompt attention is crucial, even lifesaving, and so Sheila and Trevor have chosen wisely.
 

Diary dates 

The Greetham Ladies Open, accessible to non-members too, will be held on Wednesday, June 5; the Captains' Weekend goes ahead on July 27/28; and the Mixed Open is booked for Sunday, June 30.

Relaxed and always good company, Trevor Smith finds sport an easy companion. For after a highly successful career in semi-professional football, the 44-year-old  has taken that ability smoothly into golf.


He became a Greetham member 15 years ago and has made steady progress to an eye-catching handicap of 1.5. Not just that, but he holds the course record with a round of 67 which won him the club championship earlier this year.


His competitive spirit came bubbling through in that two-day event when Trevor went into the second day trailing by four shots. "I knew that I had to be aggressive if I was to get anywhere," he continued. "So I attacked the first hole and birdied with a ten-foot putt. That set the trend and fortunately everything went for me from then on."


But Trevor wasn't quite out of the wood, or should we say bunker, when he reached the four par18th to be greeted by a lot of onlookers and awareness that he was on the verge of a record. "One shot finished in the bunker but I negotiated that to finish within two feet of the pin and complete another birdie . That gave me the record of which I feel so proud."


It was Trevor's fourth club title and he has also been a member of Greetham's South Lincs League winning team.


As for football, he joined Stamford-based Blackstones as a 14-year-old. Before retiring 37 years later, he played around 550 senior games for the club and had successful spells with Stamford, Spalding United, St Neots and Rushden and Diamonds.


Like a lot of good footballers, he isn't a bad snooker player either. He has a top break of 75, while also enjoying pool and bowls.


Stamford-born Trevor, a regional manager with heating specialists, the GDC Group, lives at Market Harborough with partner Janine and three stepchildren.
 

 


Published: 01/01/2013





 
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