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Captains Drive In 2018

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Glossop Golf Club’s Steve Toft, pictured above, accompanied by 47 other golfers, played at Forest Pines Golf Club near Lincoln, last week, to mark his captaincy of the club for the 2018-19 season.

On the Sunday, 12 teams of four competed in a stableford competition. The team taking the honours, Alex Halliday, Dave Jones, Mick Leech and Lee Chapmn left all challengers trailing in their wake with a great score of 93 points. Second place went to Karl Blackwell, Stuart Heard, Colin Booth and the outgoing captain, Nick Minns, on 82 points, with the third spot going to Steve Wilson, Steve Bottomley, Ricky Wood and Ian Walmsley on 80.

The following day’s Four-ball Better Ball format was won by Gareth Hamilton and Steve’s brother, James Toft, with 41 points. Second place was taken up by Ian Maher and Dave Statham on 39, with the third position going to the oldest pairing on the day, Dennis Chesworth and Dave Holland who finished a further point behind.

The two days also involved a number of “nearest the pin” challenges and one of theses was won by the captain himself. However, so as not to be outdone, Steve’s brother, James, took the prizes on two other holes! The remaining three challenges were won by Jon Wray, Phil Crawshaw and Ricky Wood.

Continuing the theme of “keeping it in the family”, a prize for “endeavour” was donated over the weekend by Steve Upsall, and this went to the pairing of Trevor Anderton and Steve’s son, Dave!

During the prize giving ceremony Steve highlighted his captain’s charity, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Support, which is dedicated to helping people affected by what is a rare and incurable auto immune disease. PSC is especially close to Steve’s heart as he has been the recipient of a liver transplant. As the PSC is run 100% by volunteers and totally funded by donations, Steve was pleased to announce that Glossop’s Culette Crymble has also chosen to support the PSC in her year as Lady Captain.