Frost-free drive-in for Honiton club’s four new captains

19:21 27 February 2013

Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

Wood Driver by Golf Ball June 2000

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The captain’s drive-in has wonderfully morphed into the captains’ drive-in over the years so, instead of there being just the incoming club captain on the tee, we now have the new captains from every section of the club, writes Andy Wagner.

Thus it was that each, in turn, drove up the 18th for their individual ‘nearest the peg’ competition. First off the tee was lady captain Pam Greenaway with her perfect first drive nestling next to Mary Giles’ marker.

She was followed by junior captain Jake Phillips with James Pickard’s marker taking the honours. New seniors’ captain Bob Underwood showed calmness under pressure, driving straight and true to land next to Sue Ritchie’s marker, leaving incoming club captain Dave Morgan to pull the perfect drive out of his bag.

Whatever fears Morgan expressed before his moment on the tee, they soon disappeared with a wonderful drive navigating the centre of the fairway to arrive at Alan Seager’s marker, rewarding him with the captain’s bottle of whisky for his trouble.

After the excitement, members returned to the warm and welcoming clubhouse for introductory speeches and to award the morning’s 3BBB Stableford prize to Ian Banfield, Terry Dimond, Buzz Harris and Richard Beard. The morning’s game also kicked off contributions to the captain’s charity which this year is going towards cystic fibrosis. All in all it was a great way for the members to be introduced to the new captains.

Tuesday Mixed - Fortunately the early morning heavy frost had cleared in time for the Tuesday mixed competition to be able to play on mostly main greens. This week’s format was teams of four with two best scores to count. Twenty-eight members enjoyed the sunshine and the drier conditions on the course. The winning team, with 80pts ocb, were Jan Dickinson, Lesley Oxenham, John Dickinson and Robert Hendrick. Second placed were Olwen Eaton, Lesley Farley, seniors’ vice-captain Bill Eaton and Jason Gosling.

Seniors’ Section - On Friday, 52 Seniors turned out on a bitterly cold and windy day to play a medal and eclectic competition on a frozen course - all on temporary greens too!

In spite of that, some of the scoring was pretty close. Vic Wood won division one with a net 68 and all four runners-up scored 70, separated only on countback.

They were Tony Williams in second, then Pat Purtell, Ted Chandler and John Bevan. Division two was also won with a net 68 from George Smith. Peter Bates came second on 69 followed by Mike Hunt, Peter Blake and Robert Canterbury. The captain cheered players with the news that Harold Cook is now out of hospital and on the mend.

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