On Sunday 24th June, with the sun shining, four Ladies dressed in colourful outfits, met the Lady Captain on the patio to drink Buck’s fizz and play a Florida scramble. The scene was set for an amazing two day event for Lady Captain’s Day 2018.
Tuesday 26th dawned and the sun was still shining in a cloudless sky, setting the scene for a perfect day for the Lady Captain and over 100 competitors.
Ladies started to arrive in a variety of amazing ‘florida’ themed outfits, in an array of different colours. The ingenuity of some was evident, with hand sewn embroidered clothing, grass skirts, flowers, accessories, a riot of colour everywhere, but no one could have predicted the amazing transformation of the halfway hut, which had been magically decorated by the Lady Vice Captain Judy and Gwynnie, into a ‘florida beach hut’ complete with wall-to-wall flamingos, fairy lights, bunting and accessories to fool us into thinking we were on holiday at Stanton-by-the-Sea!
Two buses had now arrived at the hut to advertise the Captains' charity, Keyworth and District Community Concern and Ladies were selling raffle tickets and collecting bottles kindly donated for the Captain’s raffle. The hut was filled with delicious home baked goodies provided by the talented Stanton bakers, and fruit cocktails were enjoyed by each group of players as they reached their halfway point. A wonderful cold buffet lunch was provided for around 100 in the Clubhouse, and several groups of Ladies bravely ventured out in the midday heat to play again in the fun 9 hole afternoon competition.
As in previous years, the Gents were invited to participate, and boy, did they rise to the occasion - some more than others, as you'll surely see! Their afternoon competition was played off the RED tees, which proved to be very popular, and they too were dressed in some amazing outfits. Maurice 'Maureen' Hume even played all the way round in a full length dress!
Harry 'Sweeney' Robinson and Martin 'Todd' Hathway turned up in their usual flamboyant style dressed as a butcher and baker, complete with trays and baskets of custard tarts, pork pies and sausage rolls which they forced onto the competitors in return for lots of money for the Captains' Charity. Their playing partner Mike Winson extracted a further pound from each of the male players, for an impromptu nearest-the-pin on the tenth as they set off to play.
The raffle made an amazing amount of £358.90 and the additional efforts made an additional £86, making a final total £444.90 for the charity.
The prize giving at 6.00pm was very well attended, and colourful prizes were presented to the prize winners.
The Lady Captain thanks everyone who had made the days so special from start to finish, and for leaving her with such wonderful memories - we hope you all enjoy this pictorial extravaganza!