Whalley captains enjoy their big day

Howard Walmsley drives into office at Whalley Golf Club on Saturday
Howard Walmsley drives into office at Whalley Golf Club on Saturday

Whalley Golf Club season started on Saturday with the Captain’s Drive in.

Howard Walmsley, this year’s captain, got things underway with his 170 yard straight but high drive down the first.

P. Campbell got the first win of the season under his belt with a nett 71.

Second in Division One was winter form man K. Moore with 74, followed in third place by J. Andrews with 76.

Division Two was won by R. Ferley with a 76, and second was one of the winter league winners B. Graves (76), with J. Storey (78) third.

There were only two twos for J. Heap and B. Banks.

There was an excellent turnout for Lady Captain Sally Blenkinship’s Drive in, also at Whalley, on Thursday.

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 straight down the middle of the first fairway .

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

The runners-up on the day were Shirley Palich, Joyce Andrew, Sue Madden and Karen Thompson with 37 points, losing on a card play-off to Margaret Calvert, Helen Hamer, Chris Thurston and Jean Sanderson.

All prizes were donated and presented by Lady Captain , who treated all the players and invited guests to afternoon tea, prepared by Whalley’s excellent in house catering team .

A triple bogey on the sixth hole in Clitheroe Golf Clubs Marriot Medal proved only a minor hiccup for Ian Battersby as he took the Overall Prize with a sparkling nett 69.

Three other competitors matched Battersby’s score but Vince Killeen, Dave MacKenzie and Andrew Wright had to settle for the Minor Prizes after countback.

Killeens birdie two on the 17th helped him into the Runners up spot.

The highlights of MacKenzies round were birdies at the 10th and 17th.

The best of the rest were Wrights 69, David Knowles 71 and Dave Chippendale nett 73.

A solid nett 73 gave Granville Pilling the Division One Prize but only after cards with his buddy, Plus 2 Mark Ashworth.

John Wetton kept his composure for a 87-14-73 return to win the Division Two Prize and Keith Allen came with a late burst to finish par, birdie and claim the runners up spot. Peter Hargreaves with the same nett 75 was in pole position until a mediocre 18th proved costly and he settled into third after cards.

John Greenwood won the Third Division with a one shot margin over Keith Underwood and Dave Johnson. Plus 5 Mark Young took the Best Gross.

In Division One of the Ladies’ 5 Club Stableford, Val Fairless’s 28 points claimed the first prize. Michelle Fielding had a two-point margin over Marilyn Fletcher to take second place.

Nancy Mortimer won the Division Two Prize.