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Ready for the Captains' Drive-in at Rugby Golf Club
Ready for the Captains' Drive-in at Rugby Golf Club

Captains’ drive-in and charity cheques

This Sunday heralded a new season for Rugby Golf Club with the traditional ‘Captain’s Drive In’.

Newly elected captains, Duncan Snook, Club Captain and Sheila Wragg, Ladies’ Captain, together with respective vice captains, Mark Ridley and Olive Atwell, and outgoing captains, Martin Weaver and Caroline Brown, ‘drove themselves into or out of office’ by hitting a tee shot off the 10th tee in the presence of cheering club members. Dave Quinn, the club professional, was also invited by the captains and launched his drive an impressive 266 yards into a stiff breeze to carry the day.

The opportunity was also taken to use the occasion to present the collections made during the year for the charities sponsored by our outgoing captain, Martin Weaver. It is another tradition that Rugby’s captains, both ladies and gentlemen, work during their year of office to raise funds for charities of their choice.

Martin’s major charity for 2013 was air ambulance for which a magnificent £6,603 was raised.

Funds were raised in a variety of ways from corporate sponsorship of club shirts, a sweepstake on the Grand National, Irish Bingo on St Patrick’s Night, a charity Golf Day in September with tees sponsored by local businesses, various raffles run for Burn’s Night, St George’s Night and Christmas Party Nights, and the main event being live music with local band Dukes Jetty which raised £1,800 on the night.

Martin also made time to help the local Hoskyn Centre which provides respite care for the disabled. His big event was a balloon race and raffle organised last July. The winning balloon ticket was returned from Orpington in Kent and over £815 was collected.

Continuing in the tradition, newly appointed Club Captain, Duncan Snook, begins his charity campaign for 2014 for his nominated charity, Cancer Research UK.

Rugby Golf Club’s Winter League reached its conclusion when the final round was played last Sunday.

The league started in October last year when 46 teams of two players competed in four divisions in a ‘round robin’ better-ball match play format.

Matches were played on Sunday mornings throughout the winter and despite the severe weather only one match was cancelled to the credit of the hard work of our greens staff that enabled the course to remain open and in quite remarkably good condition.

Winners and runners-up of each division then competed in a knockout competition, the results as stated below:

Quarter finals: Paul Godding & Steve Ainley beat Ashley Moss & Jeremy Clayton; Martin Weaver & Mick Hamp beat Martyn Walker & Simon Price; Ben Broadhurst & Mike Klodzinski beat Joe Lewandowski & Colin Eddie; Steve Hamp & Dave Plant beat Richard Sands & Dave Lauder.

Semi Finals: Paul Godding & Steve Ainley beat Steve Hamp & Dave Plant 2 Up; Martin Weaver & Mick Hamp beat Ben Broadhurst & Mike Klodzinski 3&2.

In the final, Paul Godding & Steve Ainley won a very closely contested match on the eighteenth and final hole against Martin Weaver & Mick Hamp. The conclusion of the Winter League marks the start of our new golfing season with, we hope, considerably better weather to come.

During the final play of the Winter League, the rest of the men’s section competed in a better-ball stableford shotgun competition.

The competition was won by Joshua Broadhurst & Paul Cluett with an impressive 44 points.

Second place went to Dave Quinn & Adrian Evans with 43 points beating third place John Wilson & Steve Hammond, also with 43 points, by virtue of a better back nine.