11th Dec, 2016

Broadway Golf Club ladies welcome new skipper

Liam Moakes 13th Jan, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

FORTY-FIVE Broadway Golf Club ladies were greeted by a fabulous January morning as they gathered at the club to welcome their new 2016 lady captain Brenda Whittingham.

The first ladies competition of 2016 was preceded by Brenda’s official drive and, once it was struck down the middle of the fairway, the competing ladies were keen to get going and blow away the cobwebs after the Christmas and new year break.

All thoroughly enjoyed the Foursomes competition played over ten holes and the scores were impressive.

Rita Harrison and Alison Hill stormed into first place with a superb 17 points and earning second place with an excellent 15 points were Pat Righton and Julia Fortescue.

Linda Carruthers and Sheila Lawson closely followed in third place with a commendable 14 points as £33 was raised on the day through the generosity of the lady players to start Brenda’s fund for ‘Breast Cancer Now’ – the charity she will be supporting in her year of office.

Weather station

Meanwhile, the seniors were delighted to unveil their electronic weather station – a fabulous gift they had donated in memory of Broadway’s two wonderful professionals John Freeman and his son Martyn whom the club sadly lost through illness in May last year.

John and Martyn had served Broadway Golf Club with dedication and distinction for more than five decades, so it was fitting Josh Freeman was there to switch on the weather station and receive the gift on behalf of his beloved father and grandfather.

As well as providing many other fond memories, John was particularly renowned at Broadway for sharing with golfers his extremely accurate weather predictions and the state-of-the-art weather station will go some way towards replacing that tremendous wisdom by providing both wind speeds and direction as well as temperature and air pressure readings.

Following in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, Josh Freeman is now one of the assistants to Broadway’s PGA professional Tim Thornley and is photographed receiving the gift from 2015 seniors captain Gareth Lewis.