September 25th, 2016

Captain’s Day rakes in the cash for charity

THERE was plenty of excitement at Broadway Golf Club when club captain Barry Cubitt hosted his Captain’s Day event, which consisted of a men’s competition during the morning and a mixed contest in the afternoon.

The sun shone beautifully but the breeze blew hard, making play tricky.

During the morning the 80-strong field battled on and, revived by refreshments at the halfway house, enjoyed the challenge of the pairs, better ball contest.

With two flag positions to aim for on the ninth and 18th greens, the captain had given competitors a testing time, but Matt Sollis and Davie Drinkwater rose to the challenge to bring in a superb score of 48 points to give them the ultimate lead.

Matt’s father Bill Sollis and his partner Jake Norman also scored 48 but finished second on countback.

In third place were Roger Buggin and Dan Lamb who brought in an impressive 47, leaving Mike Humpston and Steve Griffin to take fourth place with 46.

Nearest the pins in two were available on the 12th and 14th and were won by Frank Williams and Ben Sandham respectively.

The mixed match then began to a shotgun start and, with slightly calmer conditions, the 26 pairs were keen to get out and enjoy their match which followed a similar format to the morning.

Mark and Bev Howard found fabulous form to score an excellent 49 points to take winning position from second placed Les and Annabelle Carter, who earned a superb 48.

Stuart and Liz Smith brought in an excellent 47 points to clinch third place.

Pam Hooper and Kevin Tuckey achieved the ladies’ and men’s nearest the pin in two on the 12th hole, with Stan Buchan getting closest on the 14th.

The captain was delighted to announce the fund for his two chosen charities – Cancer Research UK and British Heart Foundation – had grown by a tremendous £2,000.

THE MERCIA Castle Stableford was next on the agenda as 50 of Broadway’s ladies competed.

Conditions were again a little breezy but the course played well and Liz Smith secured the Division One title with 38 points.

Jenny Brindley and Pat Righton battled it out for second place with a deserved 35 points and it was Brindley who finished runner-up on countback.

Alison Hill earned top spot in Division Two with a first class 37 points, whilst Judith Noyce achieved second place with 34. Valerie de la Pena also scored 34 and was third on countback.

The best two cards in each division now go forward to the County for consideration for the best overall score in Gloucestershire.

AFTER a hectic week at Broadway, the men were out again at the weekend to compete in the Centenary Trophy, presented by the club in 1995 to mark its 100-year anniversary.

Adam Cubitt was triumphant with an impressive 68 nett to take the prestigious trophy.

Andy Campbell and Dave Morris took second and third respectively with 69, with Campbell edging into runner-up spot on countback, whilst Bill Sollis was fourth with 70 nett.

Bobby Webb achieved lowest gross with 75 and was also the resounding winner of the Division One Medal the previous day with an outstanding 65 nett.

Mark Saunders was the Division Two Medal winner with an admirable 68 nett.

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