Captain's Day is a huge success at Sidmouth Golf Club.
PUBLISHED: 08:45 24 June 2011 | UPDATED: 08:45 24 June 2011
SIDMOUTH'S golfers were treated to a wonderful day's golf, dinner and entertainment when Club Captain David Hoare hosted his 2011 Captain's Day last Saturday, writes Terry Carter.
One hundred and forty of the club’s finest in teams of four entered the better ball stableford competition, with generous prizes for the best six men’s and best two ladies’ teams.
There were also excellent nearest the pin prizes on every hole, and a hospitality tent hosted by the captain and his wife Susanne, strategically placed by the tenth green to fortify us as we zigzagged our way back towards the clubhouse.
With two scores from four to count, the format is ideal for those of a nervous disposition, but is also a good opportunity for golfers with no interest in safety first such as the winners.
Lewis Perry, Mike Knight, Duncan Taylor and David Bater hit 92 points to take first place, with Perry going round in 4 under par 62 gross. Runners up were Kevin Legg, Eric McMath, Doug Jones and Roy Turner, a mere one point behind.
I expect that ‘if only’ has been muttered a few times in Legg Towers since then. Luke Sheppard, Terry Jones, Jon Emmott and Moray Bosence took third place with 89 points, and then the rest of us lesser mortals straggled in with scores from the low eighties and further south.
For the ladies, Janet Humberstone, Sheila Thomson, Marie Timms and Julie Lye earned first place with 67 points, with Sheila Skittrall, Judie Ritz, Jean Rapersby-Ford and Dee Bridgewater a shade less on 66. The ladies played off the men’s card with courtesy shots, so off three quarter handicap will have found it a challenge.
After prize giving, many of us enjoyed an excellent meal while being entertained by a fine singer in 1960s mode.
I understand that was 50 years ago and before my time, but for some reason we knew all the words on our table. The day raised in excess of £700 for the captain’s chosen Sidmouth based charity, Living with Cancer, which is another reason why it was a wonderful day.