Big turnout as Captain’s Day proves a success

CAPTAINS Rob Watson and Tracey Mann hosted more than 100 members at the annual Captain’s Day at Whittlebury Park Golf Club.

With the main aim of having fun and raising money for their chosen charity, Arthritis Care, Rob and Tracey arranged a full programme of events.

Members were given the opportunity to purchase a playing card to double their score on a selected hole, to guess the number of items in a jar and buy tickets for the raffle.

Vice-captain Kevin O’Keefe co-ordinated the “Beat the Pro” challenge on Red 5 (par three water hole) with members trying to beat club professional Jim Hetherington by landing a ball on the green.

And women’s vice-captain Tracey Heavey and son Luke arranged for everyone to have their photos taken as a memento of their day.

In a Greensomes Pairs format, the competition got off to a shot-gun start amid unexpected sunshine and despite the strong wind excellent scores were achieved.

Nearest the Pin for the ladies was won by ex-Lady Captain Chris Pearce with Sam Clubley taking the men’s prize, while Longest Drives were achieved by Christina Hancock and Brian Aitkin.

In the main competition, top prize for the Ladies’-only pairing was won by Kay Edwards and Gill Long, with an impressive 41 Stableford points, while the Mixed Pairs prize was claimed by Michelle and Craig Watson with 44 points, beating Christina and Michael Hancock on count back.

Overall winners and recipients of the Pearson Pot for 2012 with an unprecedented 49 points, Steve Holton and Roger Martin were presented with the trophy by sponsor John Pearson.

With more than £800 raised for Arthritis Care, the day was a resounding success.

Club captain Rob Watson told members that Brian Dipple was attempting an Olympic Marathon Golf challenge, of 26 miles and 385 yards in daylight hours in celebration of the Olympics as well as supporting the Captain’s Charity.

Brian’s challenge will take place on Tuesday, July 31 and he would welcome support on the day.

Captains Rob and Tracey thanked members for supporting their special day and for contributing to the charity so generously.

Thanks were also expressed to the vice-captains, to club pro Jim Hetherington, the catering staff for providing a splendid buffet and to committee members for making the day such a success.

“It’s all about having fun, fun, fun at these events – time to relax amongst friends without the pressure of club competitions.

“Whittlebury Park members certainly know how to enjoy themselves and always give 100 per cent at these social events.

“We are overwhelmed and very grateful for their support”.