Ray looking forward to his year in office

Ray Robinson drives into office as the new captain of Stonyhurst Golf Club
Ray Robinson drives into office as the new captain of Stonyhurst Golf Club

On Saturday, Stonyhurst Park Golf Club saw its new club captain, Ray Robinson, drive off from the first tee to symbolise the start of his captaincy.

This followed a Mixed Team Texas Scramble competition, where the allowance was combined handicaps divided by 10, which was won by Robinson, Richard Moody, John Buxbaum and Sheila Parman with a net score of 58.2.

Runners-up were John Whowell, Jean Alcock, Karl Hargreaves and Mike Bradley with a net score of 58.4.

Ray has been a member of Stonyhurst Park since 2001, and has been a members representative on the council for the past three years.

Ray is looking forward to working with his lady captain Janette Dowdy, and like all new captains is praying for good weather.

He encourages people to visit the course - green fees can be paid at the Bayley Arms or Shireburn Hotel, Hurst Green - or even consider becoming a member.

He believes that Stonyhurst Park is a jewel in the crown of the Ribble Valley, and in value-for-money terms can’t be beaten - a lovely, picturesque, yet challenging, course.

Sunday’s competition for the men was the Three Clubs and a Putter, full handicap strokeplay where second place was decided on a card play-off and went to Andy Townsend with a score of 83-15-68. The winner, with a score of 89-22-67 was Dave Procter.

Ray is pictured preparing to drive into office. A260311/4

• CLITHEROE ladies played in a five-club competition on Thursday.

Division One winner was Jean Holt with 35 points, three clear of Marilyn Fletcher, who was runner-up on the card from Kathleen Lobell and Jean Anne Speak.

In Division Two, Tracey Blanc won after cards from Janet Bailey, with both scoring 39 points.

Third was Michelle Fielding with 36.

• WHAT a weekend for Mytton Fold Golf Club’s captain John Berry and club secretary Dave Clegg! Not content with winning Saturday’s Irish Doubles competition, they went on to win the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes against Pleasington the following day.

With positively balmy weather greeting Mytton Fold’s golfers over the weekend, a strong turnout was assured for the Irish Doubles greensome format event. In the excellent playing conditions it was a surprise that only one pairing broke par, with Berry and Clegg coming in with a net 71.

Just one stroke behind came John Whittaker and playing partner Ian Thomson, fresh from his successful running of the Los Angeles marathon. Ian, running for the Parkinson’s Disease Charity, successfully completed a very challenging race, which was held in appallingly wet and windy conditions, with over 200 competitors suffering from hypothermia.

The battle for third had to be decided in the clubhouse when John Welch and Phil Ryan, and Frank Tunstall and Phil Hammond tied with net 73s. The resulting card playoff awarded the former pairing with the final podium position.

With just one two on the day, the pairing of Dave Halsall and Peter Main made off the whole pot when they birdied the first.

To cap their successful weekend, Berry and Clegg played their first round match of the Daily Mail Foursomes against Pleasington on Sunday, winning on the final hole.

• LAST Saturday saw Whalley Golf Club’s first competition of the Summer season with captain Bill Banks bisecting the fairway and opening the competition with a superb drive. The conditions proved to be very challenging for all concerned as the stiff breeze made clubbing and yardages very difficult to gauge. New member John Parker carded a sublime 91-24-67 to take the spoils on the day, given the testing conditions. The divisional winners were as follows; Division 1, Trevor Thornber 80-8-72; runner-up Colin Elliot 81-8-73 after a card play-off. Division 2 , Andrew Thompson 89-15-74; runner-up Bruce Craig 88-14-74; Division 3, John Lomax 90-21-69. The lowest gross prize went to Miles Wade with a 77. The only two of the day, proving how challenging the conditions were went to, David Flanagan.