19th Sep, 2020

Captain’s event is a big hit for charity

Liam Moakes 22nd Aug, 2018 Updated: 22nd Aug, 2018

CLUB captain Bernard Donoghue’s Captain’s Charity Day – consisting of a men’s competition during the morning and a mixed event in the afternoon – served up some entertaining action at Broadway.

The weather had taken a decline with rain and a stiff breeze to contend with, but this did not dampen the spirits of all those who had turned up for coffee and bacon baps before beginning their game with an early shotgun start.

The captain had been busy the night before and, with the help of the greens staff, had re-engineered the course by setting up a number of holes completely differently to normal.

Once the klaxon was sounded, the 100-strong field enjoyed the challenge of the pairs, better ball contest on a course which for some provided a slightly testing time.

David Goodwin and Chris Davis totalled an excellent 46 points to secure victory, whilst William Hale and Russell Thompson were hot on their heels and only narrowly missed out in second place with 44. Third on countback were Brian Wright and Les Seaton.

Nearest the pins were available on all par threes and golf balls were awarded to winners Sam McPherson, Richard Preen, Wright and Paul Evans.

The mixed match then began, also to a shotgun start and, in similar conditions, the 23 pairs were keen to get out and enjoy their greensomes match.

Each team member teed off and then, after choosing the best drive, played alternate shots to the green – a format which suited Jan and Jim Titley whose 40 points proved enough to win.

Close behind were Dave Abbott and Fran Andrews who also scored 40 points and finished second on countback, ahead of third-placed Ian and Vicky Watkins who scored 38.

Champagne was the prize for nearest the pins and was awarded to Stan Buchan, Charlie Nettell, Warren McDivitt and Les Carter.

The captain was delighted to announce the fund for his chosen charity – Sue Ryder – had grown by a tremendous £2,200 through generous donations, raffle sales, silent auction bids and funds raised through the Pro’s Challenge.

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