New captains tee off for year

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Chiltern Forest’s newly installed captains, Andy Thomas and Carol Walls, took part in the traditional captains’ drive-in at the course last weekend – the official start to the golfing season.

A large group of well wishers turned out on the first tee to cheer on the pair as they attempted to take their drives in a nearest-the-pin fundraising event for their nominated charities.

Afterwards there was a superb turnout for a new team stableford event, won in great style by a team consisting of John Ellerby, Rad Sharp, Barry Capel and Stuart Lindsay.

They clocked up 122 points, mainly thanks to an in-form Ellerby shooting well below his handicap. Captains Andy and Carol, and fellow team members Nigel Baker and Paz Petagine made up the second spot.

The drive-in was the last event to be overseen by general manager Tony Roberts, who has now left to take up new post at Bath Golf Club. His replacement, Neil Clayton, starts next week.

Last year’s captain Brian Donnelly narrowly won the club’s recent winter stableford event. He scored 40 points, which was just enough to beat Bruce Williams on count back. Brian has now been cut to 5.1, while Bruce is at 11.5. Greg Edwards (seven handicap) came third a shot further back.

Thirteen-handicap Peter Cox with 43 points won the “B” section in great style. Toby Smith claimed second place with 38 points, followed by Mick Washington.

Finally, Chiltern Ladies had a good win in the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes. Former club president Wendy Seed (13 handicap) and partner Simone Start (24) took on some long-hitting ladies from Beaconsfield GC. With home advantage, Wendy and Simone managed to hold on for a 2 and 1 win.