Friend the top lady at Greetham Valley President’s Day

President John Sparks in the front row, Peter Macdonald-Pearce with his trophy is to his right. Jackie Friend with her trophy is to his left. EMN-140923-084539001
President John Sparks in the front row, Peter Macdonald-Pearce with his trophy is to his right. Jackie Friend with her trophy is to his left. EMN-140923-084539001

John Sparks hosted his first President’s day at Greetham Valley with a competition on the Lakes course on Sunday.

The format was stapleford with the two best scores to count on each hole as well as an individual competition.

Course manager Adrian Porter and his team of Adie Cunningham, Gary Smith and Jackie Friend stormed the team competition with a fantastic 93 points. Porter said that they all played really well in patches and scored very well on each hole.

The only woman on the team, former ladies captain Friend, played very well and she won the ladies individual competition with a brilliant score of 37.

Peter Macdonald-Pearce, who is a former seniors captain, won the mens prize with a magnificent score of 43 points. Tom Haynes, who joined Greetham this year, won the junior individual prize with a great 37. Tom has been marked out as a young man with a great future as a golfer at Greetham Valley.

Trevor Smith won nearest the pin on holes six and ten. Nearest the pin on the tough 14th was won by Liz Haughton and Gilly Grant won it on the sixth. Grant also won nearest the pin in two on the 18th and Adam Clegg was the winner in two on the tenth.

John Sparks presented the Roy Jones Trophy on behalf of Pat Jones to Chris Steele.

This trophy goes to an individual who has gone the extra mile for the golf club. Steele, who is on the greenkeeping staff at Greetham, took over as the first team captaincy this year when the team was in a state of disarray after some players went to pastures new.

Steele, with a lot of help from the established players and some players new to the squad and the club, quickly established a great camaraderie.

They worked very hard for each other with only one object, to stay in the division and not get relegated. Steele said that they now have a great foundation and hope to push for honours in 2015.

Sparks spoke of the tragedy of young Seb Goold whose family live in Wansford. A few months ago while on a coach on the way back from a rugby tournament, Seb fell out of one of the doors of the coach, travelling at speed, onto the A1 and suffered life-threatening injuries. The members present had a collection and raised £400. This will be sent to the Matt Hampson Trust which is co-ordinating a charity appeal for Seb.

Savvi Travel from Oakham supported the president’s event by giving a voucher for an away break. This was won by Sue Brand.

l The B team playing in their final game of the season had a tough match away to Rutland County on Saturday and came away with a creditable half.

l Daniel Cox had a great game during the week to win the men’s September stapleford on the Lakes course. Daniel dropped six shots on the front nine and had a birdie on the sixth. He won with 44 points, well ahead of his nearest competitors and was cut to 20.

The next three places were decided on countback as they all scored 39.

Carl Causbrook was placed second, Ryan Tarrant playing off his new handicap of two was third and Dave Morgan was pushed back into fourth.

l The ladies played their September stapleford on the Lakes course too. Ladies captain Bev Dolman, who was cut from 12 to 11 just a few weeks ago, was a winner again. Dolman dropped just four shots on the front nine and had a great birdie on the sixth. She came in with 37 points won on countback from Annie McCulloch. Liz Haughton took third on countback from Eve Mills, both scoring 35.

l The Martins mixed foursomes was competed for on a warm autumn day after early morning showers. Gill Tarrant and grandson Ryan won with a net score of 69.5, beating ladies vice captain Cathy Steele and partner Chris Tapsell, who joined Greetham a few months ago, into second place with 70.5.

Annie McCulloch and George Grant were just half a point behind in third.