It's been a long time coming but I eventually managed to host 'Men's Captain's Day' in beautiful weather on Saturday.
We had 206 competitors raising £1030 for the charity Gympossible.
Huge thanks to the helpers on the day (and to the many others who'd volenteered their services)
Vice Captain Neil Walker and Tom Lillico for setting up the half way house.
Starters,: Chris Miller, Dave Fletcher, Bill Gibson, Louise Lewis, Gordon Lamb, Simon Coultas, Jim Screen Gary Duncan and Phil Tennant.
Helpers at the tent: again Neil, Simon Coultas and Paddy Small.
Judith: for looking after my family at lunchtime in the Cluhouse, where we enjoyed a lovely meal.
Craig and the lads for presenting the course in fantastic condition: player after player wishing to pass on their compliments to the team.
It's difficult to know how much food and drink to provide for players at the refreshment stop:
But for future Captains: golfers drink a lot of beer when it's hot (fortunately ASDA is close by) and 5 kg of peanuts is a bit on the safe side (I've got 4 kg left).
In the competition itself, I couldn't have wished for a better winner: Paddy Small lifted the trophy with an impressive 40 points on what proved to be a difficult scoring day.
Paddy was unlucky in the final of the Calcutta last year, where in a match I refereed, he was defeated by the City's Stewart Cink Rob Muir (great lad really) so great to see him on the honours board this year!
Another highlight: Neil Elborn's hole in one at the 2nd. (his second of the season on the same hole!)
Also good to see the nearest the pin prizes being won by players with handicaps ranging from 3 to 24.
I'll close my message by saying how touched and humbled I feel, by the kind words and best wishes I have received, not just yesterday, but throughout my captaincy.
May I thank all who entered and made it a great day for me: I hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks again for your support
Full list of winners:-
Best nett: Srixon Golf Bag Paddy Small 40 points
2nd Footjoy shoes Chris Leach 39 points
3rd Galvin Green Top Neil Elborn 39 points
Best Gross Dozen Pro V1 Balls Phil Ridden 39 points
Best Senior 65+ Footjoy shirt Colin Kemp 39 points
Best Past Captain Umbrella Gordon Lamb 35 points
Best Little Junior Under armour cap Charlie McKenna 20 points
Best Junior (under 21) Club Towel Ellis Ridley 33 points
Closest to the Pin
2nd Neil Elborn 0cm (Hole in One) Fourball at Whitley Bay
6th Jim Bootland (29cms) Fourball at Arcot Hall
12th Michael Keen (75cm) Fourball at Ponteland
14th Ian Higgins (36cm) Fourball at Northumberland
18th (in 2) Steve Farndell (1.08m) Fourball at Tyneside
Two’s Club £184 £92 Hole in one for Neil Elborn.
£6.13 for each two of 15 twos: Michael Keen (Two 2s = £12.26), Ian Higgins, Anthony Stevenson, Carlos Park, Arnold Minford, Ian John Smith, Reg Milburn, Stephen Paxton, Michael Norton, James William Bootland, Andrew Wilkinson, J Neil Walker, James Walmsley, Neil Collins