What a glorious sunny Captain’s Day we all enjoyed on Saturday 14th June 2014. The advertising on the tees shimmered like white sails in the breeze. The whole course looked like a major professional tour event.
Our Captain, Chris Smith, laid on food and refreshments at the half way house, served in cheery style by Jackie and Jenny. A superb running buffet enabled us to satisfy the inner man from the exertions of the course.
The evening topped the day with an auction, raffle and finally the prize-giving, making us ever closer to the mini-bus for the Ruskin Mill College students, your chosen charity.
Congratulations to Alex Ell in taking the male Captain’s Day prize, with a very creditable 44 points.
Thank you Captain for a thoroughly memorable day.
|1st||£35 each||D Clark||Cotswold Edge||77|
|2nd||£30 each||S Symonds||Farrington Park||75|
|3rd||£25 each||J Gazzard||Cotswold Edge||73|
The Men’s Invitation Four ball better ball afternoon event was contested between 44 players in sunny conditions.
The course was lush and green following spells of rain and sunshine, fairways were soft, the rough was particularly tricky and well worth avoiding.
Scoring was deceptively difficult with a heavy humid atmosphere and little run on the ball.
First: Carl Hill (CSGC) & Mike Jones (Forest Hills GC) – 43 points (see photograph).
Second: Stuart Macdonald (CSGC) & Gary Ward (Kendleshire GC) – 42 points.
Third: Scott Forsyth (CSGC) & Peter Tomlinson – 40 points.
Our Captain Chris Smith presented the prizes, and passed on the warm wishes that so many of the players had given to him concerning the friendly and challenging competition. He was also pleased with the money raised by contributors to his raffle for his charity, Ruskin Mill College.
The Junior Open was staged on Tuesday 27th May 2014.
The field comprised 66 young players ranging in handicap from scratch to 44.
Intermittent rain showers, with a tricky swirling wind, and the course length, from the white tees, all combined to make a challenging competition. The course was in excellent condition.
Scratch winner was Joe Harvey (Kendleshire) who shot 70 (gross), winning by three shots from Harrison Ottley-Wood (Cotswold Hills)
Jamie Andrews (Broadway) won Division 1 Nett with 68, while Ryan Prosser (Kendleshire) won Division 2 with 67.
Of the home players, Tom Melling was 3rd in Division 2 with net 69, while Adam Blue was 4th with 70.
Those of us who were able to see these young people perform will understand that the game is thriving and is in good hands for the future - thanks to a great deal of dedication from local club organisers and parents alike.
The Sportsman’s dinner held on the evening of 1st May 2014, in the year of the pirate, turned out to be a huge success.
Our Captain, Chris Smith had invited the 1974-1988 Manchester United star Arthur Albiston to speak to us regarding his long and illustrious career as a professional footballer. His informed style and “insider” anecdotes proved very popular with the mixed audience.
The comedy portion of the evening was provided by Mike Maguire, his clever mixture of gags, impersonations and character assassination had us all in fits of laughter, including the plumbing industry, the main focus of his acid wit. The sadness of the clown was, however, described in his own suffering of haemochromatosis, a genetic disorder for which he is raising funds.
Captain Chris spoke passionately on behalf of Ruskin Mill College, his chosen charity, and the sale of raffle tickets and the auction of a number of marvellous items certainly raised a great deal of money for this worthwhile cause.
The evening was, as always, splendidly hosted by Pete Bryer, who thanked everyone for their contribution to a memorable event.
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