Captains drive in at Whalley Golf Club

Whalley lady captain Margaret Breakell  driving off, watched by various lady members to start the Lady Captain's Drive-In competition
Whalley lady captain Margaret Breakell driving off, watched by various lady members to start the Lady Captain's Drive-In competition
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Whalley recently held their captain’s drive-in for new incumbent Roger Lee.

Though the competition was eventually abandoned, the new captain managed to drive in, in the teeth of a gale, as many Whalley members braved the horizontal rain to cheer him on.

Whalley Golf Club's 2015 Captain Roger Lee driving in on a very wet and windy day

Whalley Golf Club's 2015 Captain Roger Lee driving in on a very wet and windy day

The inclement weather failed to dampen the evening’s festivities, which provided a fitting celebration to herald the new season for lady captain Margaret Breakell and captain Roger.

With the course in such good condition, they Ccan look forward to a rewarding and successful season.

The ladies also celebrated the start of their season with the lady captain’s drive-in .

Despite the cold and blustery conditions there was an excellent turnout for Margaret .

The competition of the day was a Stableford, with the best two scores to count over nine holes.

Lady captain drove off , hitting a glorious opening shot down the first fairway .

The runners up on the day were Fran Gierat, Maggie Harvey, Jean Sanderson and Maureen Board with 38 points, losing on a card play-off to lady captain Margaret Breakell, lady captain-elect Margaret Calvert, past lady captain Sally Blenkinship and Janet Halfpenny .

All prizes were donated by the lady captain, and after the presentation all the players and invited guests enjoyed a mouth watering afternoon tea, prepared and served by Whalley’s excellent in-house catering team .

Margaret is looking forward to a busy year, with a variety of social events alongside competitions .

Earlier in the week, the final of the Winter League was played between Linda Rhodes and Karen Thompson.

Karen won four up and three to play .

Last Thursday, a Lady Captain’s team took on Lady Secretary’s team, and the lady captain Margaret Breakell came out on top once again with her team winning the day .

Meanwhile, on Saturday, in the men’s section, the Single Stableford competition was won by long-standing and much respected member George Blenkinship with 39 points.

Division one winner was James Kennerley with 38 points, runner-up was Craig Taylor with 36 points, and third was the redoubtable Gary “Rocky” Meakin with 35 points.

Runner up in Division two was Joseph Yates with 35 points, and third came John Hamilton with 34 points.

There were two’s on the day for Mike Fletcher, Dan Rodgers, Gordon Taylor, James Kennerley and Paul Irwin.