Ann elected captain for Cententary year

Captain John Heap is pictured presenting Lady Captain Ann Pollard with a bouquet of flowers
Captain John Heap is pictured presenting Lady Captain Ann Pollard with a bouquet of flowers
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THE ladies of Whalley Golf Club held their Annual General Meeting on Thursday.

Ann Pollard was elected as Lady Captain for the coming year, and Wendy Green as Lady Captain Elect.

As this is also Whalley Golf Club’s Centenary year, it will be a very special year for the new lady captain.

The presentation of trophies followed. Prize winners were: Greenwood Cup - Julie Taylor; Longworth Cup - Julie Taylor; Veterans’ Cup - Joyce Andrew; Margaret Lightfoot Cup - Karen Thompson; Eclectic - Bridget Rees; Birdie Tree - Joyce Andrew; Celia Porter Memorial - Anne Prior OBE; Silver Cup (EGWA) - Karen Thompson; Handicap Cup - Karen Thompson; Past Captains’ Rosebowl - Joyce Andrew; Captain’s Prize - Ann Pollard; High Handicap Trophy - Valerie Warrilow; Winter League - Agnes Flanagan and Kath James; Lladro (Lady Captain’s Charity) - Julie Stephenson; Matchplay Doubles Plate - Bridget Rees and Julie Stephenson.

The election of Officers and Committee members for 2011-2012 then took place.

The Yellow Ball competition, which is a fourball stableford, was held the same day and was won by Margaret Calvert, Helen Hamer, Christine Thurston and June Walmsley with 88 points.

• THE falling leaves were not a problem for Clitheroe Golf Club’s Simon Swindells as he won Division One of the Final Stableford with 39 points.

Ian Murray claimed second prize after a four way play-off from Craig Allison with the same 38 points, and Steve Dean had a better back nine than Tim Clarke for fourth.

Michael Thompson came good with 38 points to top Division Two with a birdie two on the 8th.

Roger Hargreaves finished the season with a flourish and his round with a birdie on the 17th to take second place ahead of Steve Credie on 37.

Keith Allen sneaked into fourth place after cards with Rod Hall and Vice Captain Chris Eddleston all returning 36 points.

Allan Hacking was the ladies’ favourite Butcher as he sponsored the Club Ladies Turkey Shoot, and Marilyn Fletcher took home the big bird as she was overall winner with 21 points.

Michelle Fielding rounded off a good year by taking the Division One prize from Sue Gibson and Kath Lobell.

Janet Bailey topped Division Two with a one-point margin over Kath Bithell and Bill Tattersall’s wife Kath.

Elaine Grinrod continues to make progress and she took the Division Three voucher ahead of Rosemary Fort.

Deborah Catlow had the only two on the day on the 8th.

• MYTTON Fold Golf Club’s annual President versus Captain Challenge was held in balmy conditions on Sunday.

With each team leader selecting their team’s players in turn from the club’s membership, this fun competition is always a popular end of season event. Played over the shortened winter course of 16 holes, overnight rain made playing conditions moist underfoot.

With the magnificent sum of £20 at stake, competition is fierce, with scores added to the master scoreboard as players return to the clubhouse.

Aided by an outstanding 41 points by top scorer Gary Aldred, the President’s team won by just 11 points after a great day’s golf.

In second place came Frank Havard with 34 points, just beating Ian Shaw on a card play-off.

There were four players who shared the twos fund. Mick Mahon and Denis Leaver both started well by birdying the first. Ray Standring took his share half way round at the ninth, while Tony Wilson waited until the final hole before slipping his hand into the pot.

Saturday saw the first round of both the winter singles and doubles competition. Again played over the shortened course the singles competition was headed by Frank Havard with a nett 53. Just one stroke behind came Steve Rusyn, with John Parkinson getting the better of Ian Shaw in a card playoff to take third spot.

Shaw had been quick off the mark, dipping into the twos pot at the first.

Ian Hopcraft took his two the hard way, eagling the 250-yard fifth hole. The final two of the day was taken on the ninth by Frank Hindle.

The doubles competition saw Jean Van Boeckel and Steve Rusyn score a phenomenal 43 points over the 16 holes, some seven ahead of Captain John Berry and Secretary Dave Clegg. Ian Thomson and John Whittaker took third, with the pairing of John Welch and Wayne Ivinson in fourth.