HINDHEAD Golf Club’s team of captains for 2017 officially took over at the annual ‘drive-in’ ceremony. It also saw the end of a year of fund-raising, with more than £30,000 donated to local charities.
Despite a wet, murky start, the new captains launched their drives from the first tee. Incoming lady captain Sam Dodd excelled with three beautiful drives to the centre of the fairway, while new junior captain Charlie Corner maintained the tradition of outdriving the club captain, Mark Riley – indeed with a shot that faded into the far distance.
A large field of competitors battled the soggy conditions in a ‘shotgun’ team stableford competition. The winning team with the best two scores carded an amazing 99 points. And a raffle got the year’s fund-raising off to a good start with a healthy sum of £420.
During 2016, several events were organised by the captains and supported by members. It resulted in £22,017 being presented to Challengers Children’s Charity by club captain Steve Burton, while the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice received £5,879 from lady captain Karen Hawkins.
Much of the money was raised through raffles, a Pro-Am day and summer club ball. The Farnham Lions Charity Golf Day raised £7,700, while member Andrew Dodd’s Prudential Ride London sponsorship money amounted to £2,700.
Hindhead Ladies supported the Phyllis Tuckwell and a staggering 182 bags of unwanted clothes were donated by the ladies, who enjoyed clearing out their wardrobes. This should raise an additional £3,600.
The incoming captains have selected a number of local charities for this year. Mark Riley will split proceeds between the Meath Epilepsy Charity in Godalming and The Peter Alliss Masters Powered Wheelchair Crusade.
Sam Dodd will be collecting for The Simon Trust in Farnham, a charity that supports adults with autism.