Martyn Grimley won gold as part of GB hockey team in the Seoul 1988 Games. Winning the County Seniors Stroke Play Championship and winning an Olympic gold medal don’t quite compare but that didn’t stop Martyn Grimley from beaming with delight on both occasions.
Grimley was a member of the gold medal-winning hockey team for Great Britain at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and has represented his country in various competitions.
The Yorkshireman has always considered himself an all-round sportsman though and has proudly played with a single-figure handicap for a number of years, with it currently at two.
This year has been his first as a senior and he represented Cheshire in the County Seniors Stroke Play Championhship at Bromborough Golf Club.
With perfect weather and a magnificently presented course, which was hailed by competitors afterwards, the elite field included England international Dave Nelson (Northenden) and County Seniors Match Play champion and ex-England international Roy Smethurst (Crewe).
The first round saw Grimley’s Ringway club-mate Tim Daggett set the pace with a round of 73, one shot clear of Grimley and with several others in touching distance. Top scores of 73 in round two came from Ken Thomson (Bramall Park) and Gareth Bradley (Bramhall) and, as Daggett slipped out of contention with an 85, Grimley held his nerve and led by three shots.
Or at least he did until the 18th hole. An errant tee shot into trees on the left of the fairway put him under serious pressure but he managed to finish with a double-bogey – just enough to win with a total of 148 by a shot from Bradley, with Nelson (150) and Martin France (Lymm GC, 151) his other nearest challengers.
Grimley was capped a total of 178 times for England and Great Britain and is an honorary life member of Brooklands Manchester University Hockey Club.