Richard, Tony and Juliet would like to thank everyone that supported them on their 3 Captains’ drive in. After some rather inclement weather prior to the event the participants welcomed the early spring sun that bathed the course all morning. There was a full 9 teams of 4, with all teams containing a representative from the men’s, seniors’ and ladies’ sections. It was a team stableford event, with prizes and complimentary drink afterwards. The results were very close indeed, with only 1 point separating the first 3 teams:
1st. Andy Milsom, Jan Elmy, Peter Elmy, Malcom English
2nd. Drew Fautley, Jane Hickling, Ivan Green, Keith Channon
3rd. Phil Smye, Jules Donoghue, Zach Gordon, Brian Pinder
There were also prizes for nearest the pin (Mike Hammond with 5ft 4 1/2 inches) and nearest guess to the combined drives (Keith Channon who correctly guessed 500 yards).
One of the highlights of the golfing year for St Audrys ladies is the Charlottes Bowl competition. This was founded in 1991 by Bill Claxton in memory of his wife, Charlotte. Whilst he was alive, he hosted the annual competition between ladies from Felixtowe Ferry, Fynn Valley, Rushmere, St Audrys, Southwold, Waldringfield and Woodbridge Golf Clubs. St Audrys has continued the tradition, although the competition is now held between just six clubs, with Waldringfield having closed.
This year, Woodbridge Golf Club Ladies had a stunning victory – their team, Jill Scott, Jan Fawdry, Di Start and Ann Rayner scoring 78 points playing four ball better ball format – 8 points clear of Rushmere in second place.
The Club is very busy with summer competitions, one of which is the Veterans Cup – a medal format for players over 55 years. This was won by Malcolm English with a great score of 58, John Chapman came second with the same score but pipped to the post on count-back.
The highlight of the competition however was a hole in one scored by Tony Rhodes – his first ever – on the 120 yard 18th hole using an 8 iron. Understandably chuffed to bits, the ball has been framed!
Anyone who has played at St Audrys will know that the 18th hole is very challenging with a steeply sloping green protected by two large bunkers – a hole in one is a rare occurrence. For this competition, the hole was cut in a difficult position and a downhill put could easily run off the green – not a problem for Tony on this occasion!
At the end of January, St Audry’s Golf Club Ladies paid a visit to the Woodbridge & District Riding for the Disabled Charity (RDA) to present a cheque for £1,212.05 which they had raised over the last year. The RDA was the chosen charity of Lady Captain Jules Donoghue.
Gerry Fisher, Jules Donoghue & Judy Gowen presented John Anderson (far left) and Christine Leggett (right) with the cheque. John & Christine then gave our Ladies a comprehensive tour of their new facilities and we were able to watch the session taking place, run by volunteers who were fantastic with both riders and horses. It was clear that the riders were enjoying the session hugely and benefitting from the both the exercises and the interaction with the horses. The RDA relies on donations to run the facility and have a large team of dedicated volunteers. St Audry’s Ladies were delighted that they had nominated the RDA as their charity for 2018.