This year's Captain's Day dawned bright and fine with no sign of the inadvertent weather that has dogged these occasions in the past. With the available time slots on the start sheet all being filled, this proved to be the most popular competition of the year by far - a testament to the use of the newly-introduced computerised booking system.
However the unusual format of Better-ball Stableford on the front 9, and pairs Texas Scramble on the back 9 not only managed to completely flummox the computer, but most of the competitors as well, so it was fortunate that recently-appointed Club Manager Paul Keeling was on hand to offer expert assistance to help it all run smoothly.
Captain Harry - no stranger to innovation - decided to dispense with the usual Captain's Day golfing side shows (longest drive, nearest-the-pin, shortest putt, silliest hat etc) and instigate a beat-the-Pro challenge on the 10th tee - an ideal location after the potential victims had gorged themselves on the excellent roasts and beverages supplied at the Half Way Hut by a bevvy of dedicated chefs.
Pros Tom and Richard kindly gave up their time to take on all-comers, and helped raise raise over £450 for the Captains' charity.
Congratulations to all who won prizes, especially the outright winners of the Captain's Prize, Maurice Hume (4) & Barry Dawson (7) who successfully defended last year's win with a fine Stableford score of 45 points.
Division 1 : Dan Limon (5) & John Jenkins (5) with 45 points
Division 2 : Gordon Hackett (18) & Dave Button (15) again with 45 points.
The Ladies 9 hole Stableford was won by Ellen Manton with 19 points, who contributed greatly to the evening's prize presentation with her dry wit.
Thanks to everyone who participated in the day's events, especially to those who donated a prize to the raffle.
In excess of £1500 was raised for the Captains' charity Help for Heroes - an amazing achievement,
The gallery below - courtesy of David Kissman - reflects the success of the day and the obvious enjoyment of all concerned, especially those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes and helped everything run so smoothly.