Golf club welcomes captains with drive-in
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New captains started their year of office at Bishop’s Stortford Golf Club with a traditional drive-in in front of packed galleries.
The club, which boasts members from Dunmow and the surrounding areas, saw new lady captain Rowena Haslam kick-off events last Friday.
Watched by husband Colin, their two sons and massed members of the club, Haslam stylishly dispatched her first shot as captain down the first fairway.
After a quick photo-call it was back into the clubhouse for a warming lunch.
Sunday saw the turn of new club captain Peter Self and junior captain Jon Hopkins.
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After the gloom of the previous week’s weather, the golfing gods smiled on their big day with blue skies and bright sunshine.
Two-handicapper Hopkins, a pupil at Hockerill School in Stortford, has been a club member for eight years and has already won several senior competitions there including the 2015 blue ribband Captain’s Day trophy.
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Hopkins has also won junior tournaments around the south-east and plays regularly for the county.
He was on top form for his drive-in, hitting his opening shot a massive 255 yards.
In-coming club captain Self, who hails from Chelmsford and came to Stortford in 1990 and is now retired, has been a golf club member for 20 years, he plays from a 21 handicap and impressed the crowds massed around the first tee with a drive of 193 yards straight down the middle.
The new captains will lead the golfing and charity fund-raising activities at the club throughout their year of office.
They are all looking forward to good weather over the coming months to get events off to a flying start.