Club record bagged for Atrium Cup event

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JIM and Carole Kane enjoyed the sweet taste of success when they claimed victory in Whittlebury Park’s Atrium Cup tournament.

They posted a club record with their winning score.

And they weren’t the only winners on the day – the annual event aimed at raising money for the club’s chosen charity, Arthritis Care, saw another record broken with the princely sum of £5,000 being raised on the day.

The Atrium Cup is open to all handicap golfers across the UK and is one of the highlights in Whittlebury’s calendar. It is always well attended and this year was no exception, with a total of 76 players competing in the pairs Betterball Stableford event played on the 1905 and Royal Whittlewood courses.

With the sun shining for most of the day everyone made the most of the excellent course conditions and scoring was extremely high.

Runners-up prize went to Whittlebury’s Bernard and Jill Aldous with 47 points but the day belonged to Jim and Carole Kane, who came home with a new record score for the competition of 49 points.

Highest non-member prize went to Sam and Sarah Weller from Woodhall Spa, with 43 points. In the minor prizes, Men’s Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive prizes were awarded to club captain Rob Watson, while Ladies’ Nearest the Pin went to Whittlebury’s Jan Lewis and Longest Drive to Dorothy Blackburn from Aspley Guise and Woburn Sands.

To round off the perfect day, competitors enjoyed a two-course carvery meal before the prize presentation ceremony.

Guests also enjoyed the highlight of the evening, the charity auction, with men’s vice-captain Kevin O’Keefe taking on the role of auctioneer.

The most successful auction gift was the offer of a gourmet meal for six people prepared and served at the home of the lucky bidder by Whittlebury Park member Andy Rusk, an award-winning chef.

The bidding reached a staggering £600 and Andy very graciously agreed to cook meals for two separate bidders, bringing the total raised for his generous offer to £1200.

Club captains Rob Watson and Tracey Mann were delighted to announce the final total raised of £5000 and thanked all concerned for their efforts in making it possible.

Special mention was made to Tracey Heavey, lady vice-captain, who worked tirelessly to ensure everyone had a great time and all went smoothly.

Lady captain Tracey Mann said: “Rob and I are staggered by the enormous generosity of those attending and delighted that everyone had such fun – it’s definitely a huge highlight of my lady captaincy so far.

“Four out of five of us will suffer from some form of arthritis in our lives and Arthritis Care do a great job in supporting sufferers. They will make very good use of the money we have raised.”