Former skipper takes ‘order of merit’ honours at Greetham Valley Golf Club

Greetham Valley golfer Geoff Wooley
Greetham Valley golfer Geoff Wooley

The winner of the latest round in the Winter Order of Merit at Greetham Valley Golf Club was former captain Geoff Wooley.

Despite an overnight frost, course manager Adie Porter gave the go-ahead to use main greens for week 11 of the tournament.

The first of the 38 players teed off using coloured golf balls but after an hour the frost had departed.

Wooley, who has only played a couple of games in the 22-round competition so far, dealt with the conditions better than most.

While the frost was still around, Geoff had a very impressive 20 points on the front nine despite a blob on the par three sixth. He had a further blob on the par five 16th but still scored a very creditable 17 points on the back nine to give him a total of 37. This was enough to earn him the win this week. He moved up from 52nd to 24th and saw his handicap cut from 17 to 15.

Geoff said the key to his round was using one club less on each hole.

This helped to slow the ball when it got on to the green. By doing this he managed to stay on the green instead of shooting through it as many others had done, giving him a chance to putt instead of chipping.

Behind Geoff were three players with 36 points. Last year’s winner, Steve Anderson, took second place, as he was cut one shot to five.

Carl Causbrook took third and will play off 11 next week. Ben Miles was relegated to fourth but while he didn’t get a cut he did miss out on this week’s prize fund.

Ted Burke, Dave Copley, James Gore and club president John Sparks all came in just a point further back with 35.

Adrian Cunningham didn’t play so well this week but still came in with 33 points and was placed 10th. However, he retains his place at the top of the order of merit table, some 76 points ahead of second-placed Kev Hingle. Steve Anderson moves up from fifth to third, while Graham Smith and Fred Aspin both drop a place to fourth and fifth respectively.

Only 18 points cover fifth to second so there could be further changes next week.

At the halfway mark of the series, organiser Neil Harris said that he is very happy to have welcomed many new competitors to the series.

The full line-up of team captains for 2014 was announced this week. Chris Steele takes over the first team captaincy from Neil Harris, Steve Anderson relieves Alan Bennett as second team skipper. Other appointments: B team & mixed team - vice-captain Fred Aspin; C team - Neil Sellars remains skipper; ladies’ scratch team - Liz Haughton; league team - Jackie Friend; friendlies - ladies’ captain Bev Dolman.

Seniors captain Radley Warhaugh will lead the senior teams, ably assisted by vice-captain Peter Wood. Pat Jones will look after the juniors.

Neil Curtis has moved from Melton Mowbray GC to Greetham Valley, where he is running the shop as well as visiting schools to spread the word about golf.

He also intends to heavily promote junior lessons. He can be contacted at the Greetham shop on 01780 460666.