Fortunately the weather, on Sunday 1 October, was not as bad as predicted and 96 members took to the course for the Captains’ Drive-In team competition.
Following the golf the 24 teams together with guests gathered around the 18th green to see Mick and Vic putt out. They then moved to the 10th tee to watch me take the ceremonial drive. Overcoming any nerves, your new Club Captain actually hit a proper shot down the middle! I don’t know where that came from!
Terence Mason picked up the prize for best guess on where my drive finished; he clearly had not seen me play golf.
The nearest the pins were claimed by Michelle Martin on the 14th and Adrian Jones on the 6th. Adrian tells me he missed the putt!
The format for the competition was 3 scores to count from 4, with a power play opportunity on 4 holes. The scoring was phenomenal. My team scored a very respectable 139 points, but were nowhere close to the winners.
The team prizes:
1st Team prize, 145 points (21 under par): (from left to right) Gerry Kelly, Grant Chambers, Chris Legg & Marcus Robbins
2nd Team prize, 144 points Eva Lau, Jason Grech, Kar Martin & John Woods
3rd Team prize, 142 points Matt Bowman, James Hinchin, Stephen Hinchin & Jay Pitchford
We also took the opportunity to present some mementos to winners that were unable to attend on Finals Day.
The Russell Trophy (Mixed Summer Pairs) was awarded to Fiona Salmon & Dan Ryan, having beaten Jacqui Cawley & Adrian Dunning in the final.
The Men’s Midweek Singles Champion was presented to Peter Kennell who overcame Andy Smyth in the final.
Most pleasing for me was the presentation from Victoria for the Men’s Midweek Pairs Champions to Alastair Evans-Gordon & me; having beaten Nick Blewitt & Richard Hazeldine on the 18th after a very close contest. Those attending the AGM will have heard me state that I would allow others to win trophies in my captaincy year. I would like to clarify that I was only Vice-Captain when Al & I won this KO competition.
I also took the opportunity on the Sunday to present Tiku Patel with the Birdie Book Trophy. Tiku, with 60 birdies in the book, beat Chris Pritchard by one! 172 different members participated this year, raising a total of £480 for the Captains’ Charity. For those members unaware of the Birdie Book: it sits on the table with the newspapers and you can enter any birdies in any round (social or competition) and the £1 fee will be taken from your loyalty card. There is a draw each quarter with 50% of the money paid out in prizes (on a 3:2:1 ratio). The other 50% goes to the Captain’s Charity – this year PARITY. More on my charity on this link.
For those who would like to read my AGM address click on this link.
Tim Ockendon was on holiday in the USA, so I am very grateful to my daughter, Clare, for taking the photos for the day. A full album from the day can be viewed here.
I would like to repeat my thanks to Mick & Vic who step down from their responsibilities. I am looking forward to the next twelve months as I embark into the new unified role of one Club Captain.
Club Captain 2017/18