In spite of the overcast skies (at least it stayed fine) the Captains’ Drive-In at Axe Cliff on Saturday was a huge success, writes Janet Dack.

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It started well when all three captains of the club, Barbara Cummings (Lady Captain), Rob Grove (Senior Captain) and Paul Clode (Club Captain), found the fairway with their drives. The first fairway had been liberally scattered with markers as members tried to guess where each drive would finish with the lucky winners being Richard Gibbons (Lady’s Prize), Steve Bond (Senior’s Prize) and Paul Curtin (Captain’s Prize).

There followed a Texas Scramble for teams of three. The competition was well received and keenly -contested and produced some close scores. The winners were Geoff Greenslade, Andy Trivett and Alan Paul with 52.8. In second place were Nigel Garwood, Simon Sweetland and Peter Knighting with 55.1 and in third were Andrew Hellier, Paul Williams and Iain Bain with 57.1. The fourth place was taken by Brian Board, Andy Gabb and John White with 57.7.

The prize for the best Mixed team went to Caroline Board, Tony Snell and Malcolm Glass with a score of 57.9. Prizes were presented by all the captains in a packed clubhouse where members enjoyed a barbecue as well as liquid refreshment. As a result of the day the captains’ charities received a boost with £160 pounds being raised.

If the year continues as well this we can all look forward to good golf, good companionship and good times at Axe Cliff.

In the Seniors' Section the first inter-club match of the season took place, writes Janet Dack The conditions were excellent and the visitors, Long Sutton, took advantage of this to win a closely contested match by the narrowest margin of 3½. to 2½. Winners for Axe Cliff were John Mant/Jack Bannister and Tony Strong/Peter Knighting. The half point was won by Geoff Hubbard/Hugh Willis.

Thirty six players took part in the April Stableford again in fine spring conditions.

The winner, out on his own with 40pts was Sid Pember (19). Second was Tony Strong (9) with 37 pts, while two players were one point behind on 36 pts. On countback third place went to Tony Horton (26) with Bob Berry (22) the player to miss out.

There were two 2s, from Rob Heard and Neil Moorcraft.

● men - Last Sunday, the April Medal was played for and in Division One the winner was Theo Boalch (11) with a nett 71.

Second was captain Paul Clode (7) with a nett 72 and third Alan Morgan (10) with a nett 74.

The second division saw excellent scores with the first three players reducing their handicaps. First place went to Alan Palmer (20) with a nett 67, second place Peter Smith (16) with a nett 68 beating Simon Palmer (16) also with a nett 68 on the back nine.

● Ladies: Back to winter for the Ladies this Wednesday when they competed for a Par Competition. The winner with a minus four score was Helen Kenworthy (23) and the runner up Barbara Cummings with a level par score.

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