Greetham Valley Ladies had a fine win over local rivals Burghley Park in the first round of the Mail on Sunday competition.
Played on Wednesday on the Lakes course, in surprisingly calm conditions after the rain and wind of the weekend, Greetham won the overall match 3-2.
The format of the challenge is singles matchplay with full handicap difference and all the Greetham players were giving shots to their opponents. First out Pat Jamieson took on Kay Hircock and had to concede two shots to her opponent; this differential proved too challenging and Burghley won to claim the first point on the board. Next out was Angela Wheeler who conceded five shots to Penny Watson and was lying three down with three to play; stepping up her game Angela won the next two holes and had all to play for on the 18th.
She gained a half on the 18th in spite of giving her opponent a shot but this still allowed Burghley to take an overall two point lead. Irene Bastow, playing in her first Mail on Sunday competition, also gave five shots to her opponent, but won 3&2 including a great birdie three on the ninth when she sank her chip from off the green.
In the fourth game Gilly Grant had to concede eight shots but came in with a great home win by 3&2 to even up the match position. Going out last, Jill Cannings, also playing her first Mail on Sunday competition, needed to win to seal victory for the home team.
Jill was all square with Sue Churchill on the 16th and halved to 17th to set up a ‘one hole shoot-out’. With everything resting on the last hole both players hit good drives and Jill, playing first, found the green with her second shot; Sue over-clubbed and ended up on the wrong fairway with the result that she had to pitch close to the pin to have a chance.
In spite of a fine third shot she was left with a 15 foot putt for a par whilst Jill putted her third shot stone dead for a par. Sue Churchill missed her final putt to allow Greetham to claim victory 3-2 in a very tight match.
Burghley team captains Carole Hollman and Anne Hughes were delighted at the high standard of play by both teams and Carole said it was the best result that Burghley had achieved in recent years at Greetham, and she was proud of how the team performed.
l On Monday, Storm Imogen severely reduced the field in Round Seven of the Seniors Winter League and only 20 hardy players braved the 45 mph winds and driving rain on the Lakes course.
The overall winner was John Dowding with 37 points and this continued his run of scores in the high 30s.
His round included a birdie on the sixth where playing into the wind required careful club selection and double bogies on the home run of 16 and 18.