John loses no sleep as he takes over as Golf Club Captain
Retired accountant John Smith's propensity to "nod off" during meals, meetings and social events was captured on Sunday when he was installed as the Clubs new Captain.
John was driven to the first tee dressed as work-shy legendary story teller Rip Van Winkle who wandered into America's Catskill Mountains around two centuries ago and re-appeared more than 20 years later into a much changed world having slept through a Civil War.
The drive-in ruse was the work of his Vice Captain Jeremy Taylor and played out in front of around 150 members as John teed-off for the first time as Captain. And as John had assisted wife Julie in the management of their care agency for many years, he was accompanied on his journey by nurses, Ladies Captain Avril Simpson and her "vice" Patti Marriott and myself as matron.
Black Country born John, an avid West Bromwich Albion soccer fan, has been a member of the club for around 20 years. He succeeds Adrian Stephenson as Captain and along with Avril, will raise funds during his year in office for the Chiltern Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Leighton Buzzard Otters swimming club for the disabled.
On the course, the drive-in competition was won by Derek Shaw, whose 36 points using two clubs and a putter included two "blobs" and three birdies. The Ladies competition was won by Judy Ammon with 30 points.
Retiring Captain Adrian Stephenson named Paul Ellam as his Clubman of the Year and Manny Barker as his Player of the Year. The Captain/Pro challenge winners were Peter Taylor and Stuart Leslie.
Outgoing President John Preston told members at Fridays AGM that 2016 had been a successful year for the club, "building success on success" with members, guests and visitors "enjoying what they see. But he warned that despite heavy investment, a course better than it's been for decades, tip-top professional and administrative staff, a full membership with a waiting list and in a healthy financial position, there was "no room for complacency."
He said that the club was "bucking the trend" being one only a small number of clubs with full membership, with much needing to be done to encourage more people of all ages to take up the sport.
John has been succeeded as President by his nominee, long-serving club member and local solicitor Keith Cox, who beat former Captain Nick Clarke in a head-to-head election. Adrian Stephenson, Phil Coumbe and Steve King were formally elected members of the club Management Committee.
It's also congratulations to Kate Knight who won the opening competition of the year, on New Year's Day topping the leaders' board in the Cross County event with a score of 21.33, beating Akiko Bateman by 0.34 of a shot. Greg White took third spot on countback from Manny Barker and Ben Irvine after the trio all finished with a nett 22.00.
This week's events:
Saturday 14th January: No reservations
Sunday 15th January: No reservations
Monday 16th January: No reservations
Tuesday 17th January: Ladies Competition: 1st tee 10.15am-2.30pm, 10th tee 10.30am-2.30pm
Wednesday 18th January: No reservations
Thursday 19th January: No reservations
Friday 20th January: No reservations