Successful captain’s day at Sandilands

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SANDILANDS Golf Club held their annual Captain’s Day with club captain Dave Hardy on a sunny Sunday, July 3.

The morning round was a medal round with 41 players taking part. The round included a 2’s competition, best gross, nearest the pins on all the par 3’s and longest drive on the 18th hole. The Past Captain’s prize provided by Paul Doughty many years ago together with a bottle prize was also contested.

Nine ladies also played in a separate Stableford Competition. A hit/miss competition was also held with all the proceeds going to the captain’s charity Help for Heroes. Dave treated all players to a bacon or sausage bap before they played.

10 teams played in teams of three in an AM/AM competition during the afternoon over 13 holes. This also included a fun hole on the 9th. During the round some light refreshments were served in the halfway house, made and served by the captain’s wife Debbie,her Mum Dorothy and Gemma Leak. While Dave’s nieces Della and Tayla arranged for the alcoholic and soft drinks for all the players.

The Medal round was won by Richard Naylor with 66. The next three places were all decided on countbacks with all players carding 67. Roy Clow came second, Brassy third and Paul Sharpe fourth. Brassy completed his hat trick of prizes by winning the best gross with 74 and the longest drive competition. Nearest the pin prizes went to Mark Storr, James Doughty, Mick Neal and Adam James on the 2nd, 10th, 13th and 17th holes respectively. A prize for the most golf played went to Rob Holmes.

Three players achieved 2’s on the day, Adam James on the 10th, and Mick Neal and Keith Arkesden on the 13th hole. The Ladies Competition was won by Sylvia Robson with 35pts. Shirley Christian came second with 31pts and Lady Captain Freda Smith third with 30pts. The AM/AM competition was won by the team of James Doughty, Alan Corah and Mick Battersby with 63. John Graves, Derek Hammond and Paul Chambers came second also carding 63 but beaten on back nine countback. Mark Storr Adam James and Steve Bainbridge came third with 60. The fun hole, the 9th, was won by John Graves.

Captain Dave thanked all members for playing, the greenkeeping staff for preparing the course and all the bar staff. He also thanked the committee for their help. He made presentations to the ladies who worked in the halfway house. Two items were auctioned and together with money raised with the hit/miss competition nearly £400 was raised for the Help for Heroes charity. Dave then presented all the prizes including the Captain’s putter to Richard Naylor.

Immediate Past Captain Mick Neal thanked Dave on behalf of all the members for providing such an excellent prize table and generally for a brilliant day. All members and their families then enjoyed a barbeque provided by Dave which had been cooked and served by Ann’s staff. One or two drinks completed another excellent and very enjoyable day for the club.