GOLF: ‘Fantastic year’ for Tydd St Giles captain

Neil John with trophies won throughout his year as club captain
Neil John with trophies won throughout his year as club captain
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Neil John has reflected on “a fantastic year” as Tydd St Giles club captain.

In his report, he said: “It was never my intention to stand as club captain for a second successive term in 2016.

The club has attracted new members who have quickly integrated and become an important part of the club.

Neil John

“I was persuaded to do so by the comments of a number of members who wished me to continue in the position. I am very glad I listened.

“2016 has been a fantastic year for a number of reasons for me personally.

“The club has attracted new members who have quickly integrated and become an important part of the club.

“The events I have run have been well supported for which I am most grateful.

“On Easter Sunday, 32 golfers took part in the captain’s away day at Woodhall Spa in difficult conditions.

“Vaughan Dibble prevailed with 34 points, winning on countback from Ady Bills.

“The weather was no better on the second away day on October 9 at Sandilands near Skegness.

“The event was won with an impressive 43 points by Giles Stearne – five clear of Martyn Hale-Smith.

“The invitation pairs event ran again this year in May and was well supported.

“Captain’s day in July was the single biggest competition of 2016 with 116 players taking part, an increase of 20 on 2015.

“Tydd’s version of the Ryder Cup was played for the second year in October.

“I extend my congratulations to Daniel and his management team on their success in a close-fought contest played in absolutely the right spirit.

“My captain’s charity for 2016 is the Neurological Critical Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

“This charity was not selected until around Easter when a good friend’s son suffered a brain haemorrhage aged 20 and was cared for by the unit until he sadly passed away at the end of March.

“I am pleased to report that following the presentation day event we have reached the increased target set for the charity of £2,500.”

John thanked Daniel Newell and his team; Gino Ciuffini and Trevor Sewell in running the competitions; Karen Nichols and her catering team and bar staff; Kevin Goude and his team of green keepers; Mr & Mrs Skelton’s grandson Brodie who raised £200 for the captain’s charity in 2015 by 
selling golf balls; and all the club members.

MEN’S PRESENTATION BETTERBALL COMPETITION

1 Geoff Drewery/ David Holmes/Jamie Stott/ Terry Alcock 116 points, 2 ocb Andrew Lynn/ Paul Wilkinson/ Derek Beba/ Mick Tiller 114, 3 Darrel Pacey/ Tim Murphy/Tom Jolly/Garry Coleman 114.

SENIORS STABLEFORD TROPHY

Division One: 1 ocb Tim Martin 36 points, 2 Lee Smith 36, 3 ocb Roger Lancaster 35 points.

Division Two: 1 Richard Martin 40, 2 ocb Dave Punshon 38, 3 ocb Toby North 38.

Division Three: 1 David Longstaff-Hogg 41, 2 Salvatore DiBella 37, 3 Brian Knights 36.