Want wins Salver competition

Greetham Valley golfer Darren Want EMN-140107-151913001
Greetham Valley golfer Darren Want EMN-140107-151913001

Even though heavy rain was forecast, 130 golfers entered and played in the Chris Southwell Salver at Greetham Valley on Saturday.

This is a stroke play competition on the Lakes course. The competitiors were extremely lucky, rain fell around Greetham but none fell upon it.

Darren Want, off 13, got off to a great start with three pars and a birdie before getting three bogies on the trot. A birdie and a bogie followed to see Darren finish off his front nine, dropping just the two shots.

Darren is a very experienced golfer and really knows how to keep calm and patient. He was rewarded by playing the first six holes in one under. Despite dropping four shots on the last three holes he ended the round with a gross 77, net 64 to take the win, and he was cut to 11.

As any golfer knows, there is always one thing that doesn’t quite work and even stranger, it is usually a different thing each time. Want said that he had been playing well recently but this weekend it all came together.

Mark Haynes was the long-time clubhouse leader until late in the afternoon when Want beat him by one shot. Haynes off 15 was cut to 12 after shooting a net 65.

Third place went to Colin Eversden on countback from Peter Bagshaw and Pete Dickinson, who all had a nett 66.

Trevor Smith, Chris Steele and Pete Dickinson shared the lowest gross prize, all coming in with a 73.

l The Ladies June mid-week Stableford qualifier was also played on the Lakes course. The Ladies had a bright sunny day with just a small breeze to help keep them cool.

Gilly Grant, who was cut to ten when she won the midweek medal last week, showed just how well she can play off her new handicap.

She didn’t get off to a great start when she double bogeyed the first hole but, using all of her considerable experience, she fought back and after nine holes had dropped just three shots, two under her handicap.

Grant doubled the tenth but quickly regrouped and got one of those shots back after a birdie on the par three twelfth. She finished the back nine with a gross 39 and won the competition with a fantastic six over gross 79, four under her handicap.

Grant said that despite the two doubles, she was very pleased with her game and happy to see her handicap come down again, being cut to nine.

Sue Findlay took second place after coming in with a 35. Gillian Upton had 33 points to take third place.

l The C team with stand-in Captain Michael Fish had a great win over visitors Stoke Rochford during the week.

Despite losing the first two games the team bounced back to win by 31/2 to 21/2.

They were helped by a fantastic win of 7 & 6 by John Holroyd and Trevor Hatley.

Their next match is also at home where they will welcome a team from Belton Woods.

l The Airshots golf society who are based at Greetham Valley played at Bondhay golf club in Nottinghamshire at the weekend.

The aim of the group is to have fun but to also raise much needed funds for the air ambulance service.

On the day, they made almost £290, bringing their running total for the year to £1,454.

They have four more games to go to try to get to their £2,000 target. Barry Lecoyte took the win on the day, Dean Wilkinson was second and society captain Mark Haynes took third place.

One of the stalwarts of the society, James Ablett, almost needed the air ambulance himself after being hit with a ball by winter order of merit winner Adie Cunningham.

Cunningham shanked a six iron and hit James to the left of his spine knocking him flat to the ground.

Thankfully, Ablett seems to have sustained no lasting damage but he couldn’t continue and had to sit out the rest of the game in the clubhouse.