This weekend saw another significant step in our journey back to normality with the club’s return to competitive golf: the Captain's Prize.
Commenting on the weekend's activities Captain Mark Riddick told us: "On a personal note, I was absolutely delighted that it was the Captain’s Prize that was the competition that marked this milestone for the club. In what has been a strange year to be Captain, I was determined that this competition should not only be held, but also be the first.
I would like to thank our Vice-Captain Ray Gardner, the Ladies Captain Mandy Ellis and my wife Lisa for their sterling efforts at the halfway hut, which allowed me the luxury of chatting with members and drinking far too many shots of sambuca.
A big 'thank you' to HGK Danny Dalton, as always, for the quality of the course we played. James, his deputy, took control during the preceding week and over the weekend, and also deserves the praise from all those that played. In addition, the Cornish pasties that Chef Danny Lawrence served up absolutely hit the spot, and Mandy, as usual, kept us all topped up with drinks in celebration/commiseration from the bar. Lastly, thanks to our markers John and Warren.
I am very grateful to all the members for the fantastic support with 200 entries on Saturday and 150 on Sunday. The atmosphere around the course and the clubhouse was great. It was a lot of fun seeing the expressions as members approached the halfway-hut from the 9th. There is, of course, nothing like having a competition card in your hand, it sharpens the whole experience is something that members have been craving since our return in mid-May.
The results from the three weekend competitions are available on the HowDidIDo app, but I am delighted to tell you that the winner of the Captain’s Prize is Harry Aylmer who posted a fantastic aggregate stableford score of 79 points. Congratulations to Harry and to all of you that took part. I will be presenting Harry with the Captain’s Prize on the Saturday 15th August at 3pm on the balcony.
Honorable mentions to Kurt Dennison and Mick Stratton who came second and third in the overall Captain’s Prize competition, also to Mike Puddy and Phil Pitcher who won the Saturday and Sunday stableford respectively, Nick Panting who won the scratch prize, and to all those that won prizes. Last but not least Brian Partridge who had a hole in one on the 2nd on the Saturday – very well done Brian.