Smith claims club championship title

Graham Smith EMN-140715-135157001
Graham Smith EMN-140715-135157001

One of the hottest days of the year greeted the Greetham members for the start of the two-day scratch to 18 handicap club championships played on the Lakes course over the weekend.

Players have to be within ten shots of the leader after day one in order to beat the cut and qualify for day two.

First team captain Chris Steele had a brilliant game on the first day, dropping just the one shot on his way to a fantastic 73 to lead the gross competition. Fellow first teamer’s Paul Clegg and Ryan Tarrant were one shot behind with 74.

Chris also led the nett competition on countback from Paul Clegg and 11 handicapper David Pritchett. They all scored a 68.

The weather for day two was a complete about face, cool and overcast with intermittent rain. One big shower of rain that lasted for around ten minutes slowed the competitors down but once that was out of the way the course dried out quickly and normal service was resumed.

Graham Smith, who had shot a gross 77 on day one, had the lowest gross of the day with a brilliant 74. Graham dropped five shots in the front nine on day one but finished the competition dropping just two shots over the next 27 holes. Graham is renowned for having one of the most consistent swings in the club no matter what the conditions throw at him.

He said that he just played each hole as it came and didn’t think too far ahead. His two scores gave him a total of 151, enough to win the gross competition and be confirmed as club champion by one shot. Graham went on to say “I have had several top five finishes but over the two days everything seemed to be in synch and the plan worked really well.”

Former club champion Trevor Smith took second place with an overall score of 152. Adam Clegg was third a shot further back.

David Pritchett off 11, who joined Greetham from Melton Mowbray a couple of years ago, had a very consistent couple of days.

He dropped shots on the eight, tenth and twelfth on the first day but recovered well in the remaining six holes to post a nett score of 68.

On day two, he again dropped shots on the tenth and twelfth but made up for it by playing the final six holes two under gross. This gave him another nett 68, a total of 136 over the two days to win the nett championship.

He was cut to nine and can no doubt expect a call from second team captain Steve Anderson in the future.

Gross winner Graham Smith took second place in the nett championship with a nett 141 on countback from Peter Zimmer Smith. Adam Clegg was fourth, two shots behind Peter having pushed his father Paul back into fifth on countback.

l The Greetham Ladies handicap league team played their penultimate match away to Spalding at the weekend.

They played against players from Spalding’s B team with handicaps ranging from 18 to 24. This meant that the Greetham ladies gave away shots in every game.

Liz Haughton and Gilly Grant won their game 2 & 1 to get the team off to a good start. Jo Robinson and Sheila Douty, Pat Jamieson and Jill Canning lost their games 2 & 1.

With Spalding in the driving seat, the result of the match was dependent upon the final game. Team captain Jackie Friend and Angela Wheeler didn’t disappoint, they won by 3 & 1 after Angela chipped in for a win on the seventeenth to give the Greetham team a well deserved draw.

The team have won two games, halved two and lost just the one. Theywere due to play Carholme at Greetham yesterday in the final match of the year and if they win that, they are in line for promotion.

l Despite the high winds, Gill Tarrant played a very consistent game to win the Lady Landover Trophy during the week on the Lakes course.

Gill scored a great 39 points in a high quality field to take the win and the trophy. Bryony Batch was second with 37 and Angela Wheeler was placed third with 36 points.

l The seniors had a great win at home to Belton Woods during the week.

They won 61/2 to 11/2 with captain Radley Wardhaugh and Trevor Davis winning their match 6 & 5 to get the team off to a good start. Ray Woodcock of Belton won nearest the pin on the 12th.