Tipping takes Ladies club title

Liz Haughton and Sheila Douty EMN-140722-100039001
Liz Haughton and Sheila Douty EMN-140722-100039001

The Ladies Club Championship at Greetham is held over two rounds on the same day.

That isn’t too much of a problem on a normal summer’s day, but with the weather a lot tougher than normal - no breeze, temperature close to 30 degrees and very humid - this was no normal summer’s day.

The women took it all in their stride to produce fantastic scoring.

Multi-club champion Sophie Beardsall off one got off to a brilliant start with a flawless display for a gross 73 to lead the field after round one. Liz Haughton off seven was in second with a 75, four under her handicap, and one handicapper Emma Tipping was in third with 77.

After a short break for food and drink, conditions were tougher for round two.

Tipping, who had dropped four shots in the morning, got off to a great start shooting two under for the front nine.

On the back nine, she just missed a couple more birdies but came home level par for the back and two under overall, a fantastic gross 148 to take the title and the Waycott Bowl.

Tipping was thrilled with the way she had stuck to her task to take her first Ladies Champion title at Greetham.

Beardsall was second after a gross 77 in round two to finish on 150.

Haughton shot 82 in the afternoon to finish third with 157, winning the Dryden Salver as the nett Champion with a total nett 143. Angela Wheeler was second with 145.

l The Bunny Cup for Ladies with a handicap over 20 was held on the same day.

The Stableford competition over one round was won in style by Susie Elliss with 39 points. She started the year with a handicap of 30+ and a fantastic year has seen it cut to 24.

Bryony Batch was second with 38 and Ellie Haughton took third with 34.

l Sheila Douty and Liz Haughton travelled to Woodhall Spa to take part in the Lincolnshire Ladies County Betterball South competition, played on the Bracken course known for its fast and undulating greens and fearsome bunkers.

Douty said that she and Haughton dovetailed very well and were both in on most holes, giving them plenty of chances to go for their putts.

Haughton sank a monster 60ft birdie putt on the 17th.

The competition was off 3/4 handicap and the pair came in with 40 points. They played with Greetham Ladies Captain Bev Dolman and Jacky Bayley who had 39 points and had an anxious wait until the next day for the results to be posted on the Lincs County website.

They were delighted to find they had won, with Dolman and Bayley third. The prizegiving is at Woodhall on November 3.

l Liz Haughton also had an email from howdidido informing her she was the divisional leader in the Titeleist order of merit up to the end of June.

She was awarded a GolfBuddy GPS as a monthly prize and still heads the division in the competition which goes on until the end of the season.

l Paul Clegg had a hole-in-one on the 12th in the recent men’s club champions hole.

As he went to address the ball it fell off the tee and some wag said “playing three.” Paul replied: “I will really hit this close now.”

The flag was at 187 yards at the front of the green and Paul hit a five iron slightly right to compensate for the wind onto the green and straight into the hole. He won a Boss watch for his efforts.

l Ryan Tarrant won the
men’s July midweek Stableford with a brilliant 43 and was cut to 3. Ralph Clark was second with 38 and was cut to 11.

Keith Smith was third on countback ahead of James Ablett, Keith Heppenstall and Howard Miller, all on 37.

l The Ladies Stableford was won in fine style by Ellie Haughton with 42 points, she was cut to 30. Jackie Friend was second with 40 and Angela Wheeler third on 39 points.

l Greetham’s second team drew 3-3 at Boston, almost certainly guaranteeing them a Division Two place, thanks to fine performances from Peter de Kremer & Elliott Clark, Stef Dutton & stand-in captain Neil Crees, and Paul Jenkinson & Dave Copley.

l Greetham’s Jim Wheeler and partner Tony Huggins from Peterborough Milton won the recent seniors open with an excellent 43 points.

Bill Collins and Keith Brown from Toft were second with 42. Third went on countback to Scraptoft’s D Hewitt and K Abbott, who pushed David Aldred and Peter Wood from Greetham into fourth, both pairs on 41.

Chris Woof won nearest the pin on the sixth and Milton’s Mick Stevens won it on the 14th.