Family affair at Mytton Fold Golf Club!

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MYTTON Fold Golf Club celebrated a special Captain’s and Lady Captain’s Drive-In at the weekend when the two incoming club officers were mother and son!

Captain Phil Hammond and mother Lady Captain Doreen Hammond christened their season on a damp and cold Langho weekend.

As well as sharing their family name, they have chosen the same charity, Diabetes UK, as the focus for their fundraising exploits during their year of office.

One such fund-raiser is the ever-popular sweepstake to predict where their respective first drives land.

The challenging first hole at Mytton Fold provides plenty of opportunities for disaster, however both mother and son kept it on the green stuff to the cheers of supporting members.

The pair are pictured as they prepare for their initial drives (s).

Moist conditions underfoot faced the men’s competition; a four-ball better ball stableford.

With a shotgun start and pairings drawn to include one high and one low handicap player, the 10-30 a.m. starting horn set the competition in motion.

Paul Conchie and Frank Havard ran out the winners with 43 points, two clear of runners-up Denis Leaver and Ian Shaw.

Third were Ray Standring and Nick Avino, a further point in arrears, and just clear of Mick Kelbie and Steve Worrall following a card play-off.

There were eight twos, with Ian Shaw, Mick Kelbie, Steve Worrall, Mick Bryan, Ian Thomson, Dave Bolton and John Berry all birdying the first, while Denis Leaver birdied the ninth.

Spot prizes were taken by John Berry (longest drive), Chris Hughes (nearest pin on the ninth) and Frank Havard (nearest pin in two on the second).

Unfortunately snow on Sunday prevented the Lady Captain’s Drive-In competition which will be held on a future date.

The Ladies’ winter competitions have been completed, with Past Captain Patricia Leyland winning the Winter Singles, with Hazel Sellars runner-up.

In the ladies’ Winter Pairs it was a win for Judith Kay and Hazel Sellars with Ann Almond and Tarja Wilson runners-up.

• ON Saturday, golfers from a variety of clubs assembled at Whalley to compete in the annual 9-hole Winter Open.

Entry fee was £8 and included a bacon sandwich or pie and peas.

Morning players found conditions quite wet and windy, but battled on regardless.

Afternoon players had much better conditions as the rain stopped and the wind dropped.

Putting was perhaps the most challenging aspect of the day, as the greens were quite wet and the ball needed to be hit solidly to get it to the hole.

Nevertheless the day was a great success with some good scores being posted considering the degree of difficulty.

In first place with an excellent score of 21 points, playing off 15, was Whalley golfer Steve “Showboat” Shoreman, winning £100.

Second, after a card play-off, also with 21 points, playing off 17, was Marsden Park golfer T. Baxter, who claimed £50.

Third place, and £30, went to another Marsden Park golfer, N. Bramwood, playing off 13.

On Saturday evening, Whalley celebrated the start of a new season with the annual Captain and Lady Captain’s formal Dinner Dance.

Club Captain John Clegg and Lady Captain Wendy Green (pictured, s) welcomed 80 guests to celebrate with them.

The club stewardess and her team provided a fabulous feast.

Music was provided by Daniel, who sang and played guitar and saxophone.