Greetham Valley Juniors captain Ellie Haughton has been accepted into the England Under 16 training squad.
Ellie attended trials at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa recently which involved two days of skills tests and competitive golf and, following this, Ellie was invited into the training squad.
This honour follows a fantastic 21 months during which her handicap has been reduced from 43 to seven. Whilst Ellie is the first Greetham member to be accepted into the squad, her younger sister, Izzie, is following in her footsteps and already holds the Lincolnshire under 14 county championship at the age of 12.
l On a beautiful Friday at Greetham, 17 past club captains sat down to breakfast and enjoyed much banter before playing a full handicap stableford 18 holes on the Lakes Course.
Despite one quality player asking for “white tees please” the majority vote went for the yellow tees option - a crucial factor in the end result.
Trevor Smith and Shaun Denholm tied on 36 points but on countback Trevor took third place; an excellent 39 points from Neil Crees took second place whereas a fine 41 points from club president John Sparks won him the event.
John was delighted to win this trophy and thanked all those attending on behalf of Bob Ford who could not take part on the day.
l During the week the Ladies played their midweek medal on the Lakes course on a day which promised wind and outbreaks of rain.
In spite of the weather a good turnout ensured some tight finishes and close scoring. In third place Bev Dolman scored a net 80 in a round which was marred by a run of four poor holes on the back nine.
Second place went to Jackie Friend with a net 78 following a disaster on the long 16th hole.
The honour, however, went to Hayley Hunt with a finely constructed round of 72 (net). Her round was a mixture of net pars (or better) throughout, with only one exception. For her steadiness Hayley has had her handicap reduced from 12 to 10.
l On Saturday the Ladies also played their weekend medal which was won by Gillian Grant, playing off seven, with a net 75.
l During the week the Seniors’ Singles Knockout final was played between Rob Gray and David Aldred.
Rob Gray has been playing highly consistent golf throughout the summer and his steady approach, particularly his short game, ensured that he had a comfortable win on the day.
l On the Sunday, club president, John Sparks, held his Invitation Day in which some 90 players from all sections of the club played a light-hearted, but competitive, team stableford competition with the best three scores in a team counting.
Prizes for nearest the pins went to Ryan Tarrant (10th for Men only), Jackie Friend (sixth for Ladies) and Ellie Haughton on the 12th (Juniors). The 14th hole was open to all with Darren Haughton taking the honours.
In the team game the overall winners with 119 points were Liz and Darren Haughton playing with Peter Palmer and Scott Atton; second place with 117 were Paul, Adam and Sue Clegg and Neil Crees.
The overall individual winners were Michael Salmon (Men’s section) with 42 points and Ellie Haughton taking the Ladies award with 36 points. At the post game lunch, the Roy Jones trophy, which is awarded to recognise a major contributor to the club over the year, was presented to Adi Porter on behalf of the greenkeepers in recognition of the work that they make to the club’s success; this award was warmly welcomed by the members.
l On Monday, playing in the first of the autumn chill weather but with fine conditions, the Seniors section played their penultimate qualifying competition of the season.
On the Valley course, which generally leads to good scoring, the competition between the top spots was very tight.
In third place, Peter Palmer, following on from his success in the President’s Invitation, scored 38 points in a round which could have been even better if he had avoided the water on the final hole. Second place went to Rob Gray who is playing very steadily, having won the Knockout Singles, with 39 points; Rob had his handicap reduced to 12; his round included three birdies and three double bogeys.
The winner, however, was John Morphee with 42 points which included a no score on the 15th. John has recently been putting into practice the lessons he has been having and his game has become much steadier.
He said that he was delighted to be able to put an (almost) consistent round together since he is sure that there is a 12 handicap player somewhere inside him. As a result of this win his handicap has been reduced to 19.