Both the Men’s Captain and Lady Captain’s Drive In have taken place at Stonyhurst Park Golf Club over the past couple of weeks.
This year the captains are husband and wife Jim and Jan Walker. There was a distinct contrast in the weather, the ladies getting a warm and sunny afternoon but a chilly and wintry feel for the Mixed Texas Scramble that preceded the Captain’s Drive In.
The winner of the nine-hole Stableford competition held after Lady Captain’s Drive was Linda Ashworth, with Janette Dowdy runner-up. Margaret Carrington won the prize for guessing where the drive landed, being only four feet away.
The winners of the Mixed Texas Scramble were Ian and Gill McDonnell with two of the newest members Graham Hinchcliffe and Steve Baines.
Last Monday the ladies held a Texas Scramble, with Linda Ashworth, and Gloria Bentley coming out on top.
On Sunday, the men had their annual Three Clubs and a Putter competition, which was won with an exceptional score of 82-18-64 by Dan Whalley.
Frank Hindle scored a birdie at the first competition hole of Mytton Fold Golf Club’s March Medal, and finished the 18th having won the event!
A birdie at the first is always the best way to start a medal round and Hindle’s two set him up for the win in the most challenging of weather conditions.
His 85-14-71 put him four shots clear of his nearest rivals Keith Fitzhenry (90-15-75) and Wayne Ivinson (81-6-75).
The second and third-placed finishers were the same as for last week’s Eurotrophy, but Wayne is closing in on Keith, this week just losing out on a card play-off.
Chasing hard, but just out of the prizes, were Denis Leaver (94-17-77) and Jim Tierney (97-20-77), with Denis getting the nod on a card play-off.
The weather conditions were also challenging for Competitions Chairman John Berry, whose deciphering skills were required while examining the soggy scorecards during play-off adjudications.
With his birdie at the first, Hindle took half the Twos Pot, with the fly in the ointment preventing a clear sweep being Gary Ashton who birdied the ninth.
In the ladies’ March Medal it was a win for Past Lady Captain Doreen Hammond ahead of Hazel Sellars and Club Treasurer Gillian Pinder.