Mytton Fold Golf Club celebrated the start of the new golf season with their respective Captains’ Drive Ins at the weekend.
Peter Main was so enamoured with his new blazer that he continued to wear it for his season-starting inaugural tee shot, though Lady Captain Carole Maher assumed more normal golfing attire for hers!
The Captain’s Drive In competition took the form of a four ball-better ball, with lower – and higher handicapped players paired together.
Winners in the clubhouse were John Welch and Dave Halsall with 39 points gained over the 16 holes played.
Steve Worrall and Bernard Downes were just one point in arrears.
Third spot was a different matter with four pairings all carding 36 points.
Competitions chairman John Berry was drafted in to adjudicate and third went to Denis Leaver/Mick Mahon.
Richard Palmer/Frank Havard were fourth, Captain Peter Main/Captain-Elect Mick Bryan fifth and John Whittaker/Kevin Shanley sixth.
There were five twos on the day, with Dave Halsall and Nick Avino birdying the first and Tony Wilson, Darryl Mankowski and Jean Van Boeckel doing likewise at the ninth.
The Wooden Spoon was won, somewhat embarrassingly, by President David Hargreaves and former Captain Gordon Lucas.
Perhaps Mr Captain may regret his smugness when the President v Captain competition takes place later in the season!
Sunday saw Lady Captain Carole Maher drive in the start of the ladies’ season with a 16-hole stableford competition.
Allison Nuttall was star of the day, starting with 22 points over the front nine holes. A slight dip thereafter and only an average of one point per hole on the back seven played was still enough to win the competition.
Three ladies fought over second spot, all having carded 27 points.
After countback Hazel Sellars took second, Lady Captain Carole Maher third and Judith Kay fourth.
Carole Maher was closest-to-the pin-in-two at the 18th.
Several other matters were settled at the Drive Ins. The two-day Spot the Ball competition, where members predict where the two Captains’ balls will land at the first, is an excellent way to spot who doesn’t want to rock the boat.
Mr Captain and Lady Captain were seen taking notes of who had predicted pond shots, out of bounds and fluffs into the ditch.
Ray Standring covered himself with glory, and a few quid, when he accurately predicted the landing area of both Captains!
Last, but not least, was the charity draw for the reserved parking spot on Captain’s Row.
Congratulations to winner Pauline White and thanks to Lady Captain-Elect Ann Almond for organising this.
One wit was quick to offer to tender for the car park’s wall’s rebuilding.