Captains Jim Eastham and Di Grant are going to track their year, and the events of Hindley Hall. Here’s a start…..

March 2017

Lady Captain’s Drive-in saw sunshine until the last couple of holes of the 11-hole shotgun start, when  the weather threw in a little revenge, but didn’t dampen the spirits of the day. Great to see current, past and incoming Captains and Lady Captains there – just to add a little pressure to the drive!

Playing with Lady Vice Captain Linda Bailey was a treat, apart from when she slipped on the 6th – I had a horrid vision of having to carry Linda back to the clubhouse but luckily she’s made of sterner stuff and battled on to complete the 11 holes, despite a marked limp.

I shall forever have a vision in my mind of Linda’s trick shot on the 3rd, when her drive smacked one of the wooden rope-supports bang on. Anyone else’s ball would have found itself in some hideous, unplayable lie as a result but no, not Linda’s, as her ball flung itself even further down the centre of the fairway!

Good to see ladies enjoying the pasties and lemon drizzle cake afterwards, though it did seem a shame that Immediate Past Lady Captain Michelle Sampson missed out on the sweet treat – I’ll have to bake you a special cake of your own Michelle!

However, Michelle was compensated somewhat by correctly predicting where my drive would finish on the first tee, even going so far as to anticipate the extra yardage nicked by my ball finding the road for a little way! £82 is a very nice little pot to pick up – even nicer from my point of view as Michelle kindly donated £40 of it to start my charity fundraising off.

I will be raising funds for ‘Boot Out Breast Cancer’. The Charity was set up in 2010 by Debbie Dowie, after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009 and includes ex-footballer Alan Shearer and Dame Sarah Storey in its list of patrons. The Charity’s aim is to raise funds to buy specialist diagnostic equipment for NHS hospitals in the North West of England.

Key equipment has already been provided for The Royal Bolton NHS Hospital, The Nightingale Centre NHS Hospital in South Manchester, Thomas Linacre Breast Centre at Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Hospital and the Paterson Institute next to The Christie.

Shortly after my drive-in came Captain Jim Eastham’s event, with the sun once again shining, though the traditional two-shotgun start competition had to be rearranged due to conditions underfoot and the weather forecast for the day. The competition will be replayed on 8th April, when spectators will have the chance to predict where Jim’s drive will finish.

However, Jim competed his ceremonial drive-in and confidently smashed the ball down the middle to take himself into office, surrounded by both Club and BGA officials. (Phew, nice feeling when the ball disappears down the fairway under the gaze of so many pairs of eyes!!)

The drive-in celebrations continued in the evening, with cabaret provided by Richie Penrose, who hit just the right note for the majority of the age-range in the room, blasting out many favourites and filling the dance floor. Thanks to Sue Barnsley for providing quite a dancing display – Sue, ‘Strictly’ definitely beckons, especially the show dance!!

Thanks to everyone’s generosity with raffle prizes, and to Glo and Shirley for arranging the prize table and ticket sales. Over £200 was raised towards Cancer Research, which is a great start to a notable cause.

Both the Captains’ charities are causes which, sadly, far too many people are touched by. Let’s try to make a little bit of a difference this year. Thanks to everyone for your support.

Jim and Di