GOLF: New captains at Rugby Golf Club

Ryder Cup star Paul Broadhurst with Club Captain Duncan Snook
Ryder Cup star Paul Broadhurst with Club Captain Duncan Snook
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Ryder Cup star Paul Broadhurst joins fundraisers at Clifton Road club

Farewell to Captain’s Duncan and Sheila – Welcome Captains Mark and Olive…

Duncan Snook and his mother Dorothy present the cheque to Lizzie Melvin of Cancer Research UK

Duncan Snook and his mother Dorothy present the cheque to Lizzie Melvin of Cancer Research UK

The recent AGM at Rugby Golf Club saw the changing of the guard as Duncan Snook ended his year as Club Captain making way for Mark Ridley. Duncan recently celebrated the passing of his captaincy with “Duncan’s Last Dance”, a social event for the whole club at which European Tour 6 time winner and Ryder Cup star Paul Broadhurst gave an entertaining speech and answered countless questions from the floor. This event rounded off Duncan’s fundraising for his chosen charity this year, Cancer Research UK, which has included a duck race at the club and many other events supported by members, friends and family.

The total raised was £7,500 - and it was a proud moment as Duncan invited his mother, Dorothy, who was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 2012, to present the cheque to Lizzie Melvin, one of Cancer Research UK’s fundraising managers.

The same day saw the staging of the final of the Winter League, an extremely popular competition held throughout the winter months with the leaders of four qualifying leagues competing in knockout rounds. This year’s final pitted Ian Ridley and Colin Eddie against Richard Orman and Lewis Hetherington. In an extremely close fought battle it was Ian and Colin who took the spoils, winning on the 17th green.

Immediately after the playing of the winter league final it falls upon the new captain to lead the “Drive In”. Club Captain Mark Ridley invited the Lady Captain, Olive Atwell, her vice captain, Sue Davis, the immediate past Lady Captain Sheila Wragg, his own vice captain, Chris Moran, immediate past Club Captain Duncan Snook and club professional David Quinn to join him in striking a tee shot off the tenth tee for charity. With the whole club watching every participant coped with the pressure, but it was inevitably David Quinn who hit his shot the furthest - with 314 yards - just making the 10th green, with the assistance of the bridge crossing Clifton Brook! The Drive In - in which the club guesses the distances hit by each player is the first fundraising effort for the new captain’s charities, with Mark choosing the British Heart Foundation, and Olive choosing the Hoskyn Centre.