Glorious weather and tireless work by Simon Lidgard and his team of green keepers ensured that Kenwick Park was in impressive condition for the Jim Cane’s Captain’s Weekend.
133 players competed in this stableford competition from the yellow tees for this prestigious trophy on the Saturday.
Mr consistency Chris Winney posted the score to beat early on with his 38 points. His lead remained intact until George Marsden, (12), recently returned from Northumbria University with a first class honours degree, scored a magnificent 42 points. His scorecard included seven three pointers on the back nine.
Junior member Harry Wood (16) scored a fine 40 points to take the runners-up spot. Men’s Vice Captain Steve Blackburn (11) took third place with 39. Chris Winney (8), with his score of 38 had to be content with fourth place on a countback from Nick Cudmore (16) and Billy Wright (2).
Tom Gladwell (5) took the seventh prize with 37 on a countback from Ben Forbes-Burton (17). Chris Willey (95) came ninth with 36 on a countback from final placed Phil Jackson (6). Prizes for the best senior and best junior were won by Martin Maslin (16) with 36 points and Ben Darke (9), with 34.
On the following day, 28 teams took part in Jim’s mixed AM AM competition with two scores to count at each hole. Each player charged an extra £1 for the Captain’s charity to buy a mulligan.
Jim Cane proved himself a very able captain, leading his team of the Ladies Captain Birdie Dawson, Ladies Vice Captain Pam Westthorp together with Men’s Vice Captain Steve Blackburn to victory with 89 points. He helped his team by scoring an impressive eagle two at the par four 3rd hole.
Dan and Steve Thompson together with Phil and Lesley Walmsley came second with 86. Stan and Tom Gladwell, Lewis Andrew and Sue Taylor, came third with 84. Paul and George Marsden, Robin Atkin and Noreen Bradford, scored 83 to take fourth place.
The nearest the pin prizes were won by John Stobart for the men at the eighth and at the twelfth for the ladies by Andrea Smaggasgale. Alan Watkin won the chipping competition.
Jim’s partner Gill and a team of helpers provided a Yorkshire afternoon tea at the halfway house, which proved very popular with all the players.
The clubhouse was packed to the rafters for the prize presentation and Jim thanked everyone who had helped to make the weekend a great success. He also auctioned off his winning voucher for his charity, the Louth Hospice, which has brought the total he has raised so far this year for the charity to more than £6,000.
The sun continued to shine to enable the Ladies President Val Pattinson to have a wonderful day with the 44 ladies who turned out to support her in her Presidents Putter competition.
Bridget Hardaway (26), was delighted to win her first trophy competition scoring 37 points. She had a strong back nine which included two four pointers at the seventh hole and finally at the ninth hole, where she putted in from off the green to secure her victory.
The Lady Captain Birdie Dawson (10) won the silver division with 36 points ahead of Jean Sizer (20) with 33. Tracey Stobart (16), took third place with 32 on a countback from Elaine Houlton (16) and Lesley Walmsley (20).
Sue Letby (33) won the bronze division with 36 ahead of Pam Hayward (25) with 35. Di Everitt (25) came third with 34. Lady President Val kindly sponsored the prizes for the competition and provided all the ladies with a delicious afternoon tea.