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Captains' Week 2016

Captain's Week almost didn't happen, due to particularly adverse weather conditions during the preceding days.  Nick and his ground staff team had planned to be out on course making preparations on the Saturday from 3 p.m. but torrential rain and standing water over many parts of the course prevented any work taking place.
Instead, Nick rallied his team for first light ( not long after 3 am) on the Sunday morning to make preparations for the first tee time of 6:30 ! They did a magnificent job and, thankfully, the weather stayed fine throughout Captain's Day, Captain's additional Day and Lady Captain's Day.
Our caterer, Neil, and his team provided wonderful sustenance throughout the three days, but also our thanks must go to the many Club members who volunteered to help.

The menu to the left gives links to photo sequences from each day / evening.

Captain's Comment 

Oh! Weren’t we so very lucky?
On behalf of the Lady Captain and myself, we would like to thank all those members who took part and those who worked tirelessly to create an excellent festival of golfing competition, one which gave us both so many happy memories.
Our greatest pleasure was seeing so many members enjoying their golf (despite the difficulties) and joining in the evenings celebrations, as for me having my 13-year-old grandson win the Captain’s prize was the ultimate reward.
Our desire to include a mixed competition proved a success, helped no less by our President, Alan Goodall, whose generous support and provision of a beautiful trophy that provided for the “friendly challenge” match and a focal point to take playing mixed golf forward for the future, our sincere thanks go to Alan and Marie.
Once again, thank you all.

Captains' Day

From Liz Day:

"I think that Captain Bill must have been up all night praying for the rain to stop and it did! Everyone was able to go out and play without getting wet for the first time for over a week!  Nick and his team despite the rain managed to prepare the course to a very high standard on Saturday and putting the finishing touches to it in the early hours of Sunday morning. This was much appreciated by the players who could not believe it would be so good after all the rain. Well done to all.
The Captain provided breakfast for the Board, the Green Staff and the early morning starters.
The players enjoyed a short break for refreshments at the halfway house served by the ladies.
The Captain’s wife Ruth entertained the wives of the Past Captains and Board members together with ladies committee members to lunch.
The formalities of the evening and prize giving started with the Captain’s reception for past Captains and Board Members, followed by the meal. Neil again excelled.
After the meal the Captain thanked everyone for all their hard work helping to make his day such a success and memorable.
He then handed over to the President to say a special thank you to Eddie for coming to help today and also for all the work and loyal service he had given to the Club. He then presented him with a watch in recognition of all he had done and wished him a happy retirement.
The Captain then presented the prizes to the winners, I am sure he was pleased to present prizes to all the winners but I am equally sure he got the most pleasure in presenting the Captain’s Prize to his 13 year old Grandson Fabio, a very worthy winner."

Captain's Day Winners

Nearest the Pin 6th
Rob Galley - 21’ 9” 
Nearest the Pin 8th
Harry Lee -  31” 
Nearest the Pin 12th
Mike Barker - 5’ 7”
Nearest the Pin 15th
John Hickton - 10’
Nearest the Line 10th
Mark Eades - 2”
Best Stableford
Scott Wilkinson
Committee Prize
Peter Howitt
Past Captain Prize
John Thomas
Veterans Prize
D Farrow
Best Back 9
Darren Coop
Best Front 9
Keith Chapman
Best Late 
Steve Warne 77-7-70 BB9
Best Early
Colin Allen  83-14-69
Third Best Net
Martin Bonynge 89-20-69
Second Best Net
Andy Hiron 85-16-69 BB9
Best Gross
Shane Naisbett - 68
Captains Prize 
Fabio Risorto 85-17-68


President's Trophy

Mixed pairs competition played between the President's and Captain's teams. Won this inaugural year by the President's Team.

Lady Captain's Day

Our Ladies Captain, Marie, was also blessed with good weather for her special day although a bit windy to say the least!.

She had made a special request that all the players should wear a touch of purple and, boy, no one let her down, someone even wore a purple fascinator, yes Rosemary, that was you!

The Gentlemen Starters saw everyone off on the first tee and presented us with a purple pen from the Lady Captain before we all had our photographs taken with the Captain.

The course looked beautiful but, oh dear, did it play long! We really were ready at the halfway for our refreshments which were promptly served to us with a smile by Marie’s church friends.

After our game we all took part in the putting competition and partook of a welcome glass of Pimms before going home to put on our glad rags!

Marie thanked everyone for making her day special and declared it was the best Captain’s Day she had experienced out of the three, at various Clubs, at which she had been Captain.

She then went on to present the prizes with the winner of the Captain’s Prize being Pat Taylor, with a score of 98 - 24 = 74. Many, many congratulations.

Captain's Extra Day Winners

Nearest the Pin 8th
Phil Scribbins
Nearest the Pin 15th
Paul Bossons
Best Stableford - 9 Holes
David Branson - 20 Points
2nd Overall 18 hole Stableford
Martin Barratt - 32 Points
Best Stableford
Chris Bradbury - 33 Points

Lady Captain's Day Winners

Best Nett  
Pat Taylor 
98 - 24 - 74
Best Gross 
Sue Drake
92 - BetterBack9 45
Ann Lomas
30 Points
Rosemary Reeve
27 Points
Ruth Preston
29 Points
Best Stableford 18 
Sally Trueman
29 Points BB9
Best Stableford 9
Ruth Miller
15 Points
Committee Prize
Barbara Sims
27 Points
Best Vet (over 65)
Sue Young
27 Points BB9
Putting Prize
Sue Ratcliffe
11 Strokes
Nearest Pin (6th)  
Fran Ryan
Closest Line (17th)
Hilary Neale 
On the line!