Oliver's Army on the march for vital funds
KINDHEARTED golfers chipped in to raise vital funds for charity during a busy month at Kenwick Park.
The popular course recently staged its 19th annual Charity Day, with a total of 36 teams of four golfers taking part in the 'AM AM' competition.
Oliver's Army – Gill, Steve and Dan Thompson and Alex Davies – carded a fantastic score of 86 points to win the competition and lift the Imperial Ford Trophy.
The Calendar Girls team, of Lesley Walmsley, Maria Brown, Lynda Cahalin and Linda Marwood, were runners-up with 85.
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Ian Flockton, Sam Done, Billy Wright and Toby Draper, known as 'Flockies Young Guns', scored 84 to come third, while captain Colin Burkitt's team of lady captain Ann Walker, John Turner and Dermot Dreelan finished fourth.
The four winners of the nearest the pin were Jan Heath, Walker, Toby Barton and Malcolm Hoole.
The annual competition has raised more than £70,000 for local charities since its inception.
This year, five cheques for £1,000 each were presented to the local representatives of the Stroke Association, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, Grimsby Disabled Supporters Club and Grimsby St Andrew's Children's Hospice.
Later that month, the sun was shining for Colin Burkitt's Captain's Weekend.
The men played a Stableford competition for the Captain's Cup with Ian Dickinson (9) scoring an excellent 43 points to win the trophy. His nearest rival was Martin Peters (27) with 38 ahead of Steve Ashby in third with 37.
A count-back on 36 declared Paul Wiseman (32) fourth ahead of Lewis Hackett (4) and Rob Houlton (17).
The following day's mixed am/am competition attracted another good turnout.
Steve and Mabel Blackburn, partnered by Robert Wilson and Rose Stevenson, won on a count-back with 73 points.
Second-placed Nick Fox playing with Sam Atkin and Graham and Sue Sykes got off to a dream start with two birdies and an eagle on their way towards 73 points.
Dermot Dreelan, Karen Archer, Peter Dickinson and Di Everitt were third, while Sam Done, Tom Gladwell, John Payne and Julie Harvey finished fourth on 72.
The nearest the pin prizes were taken by Sue Sykes, Peter Guilliatt, Val Pattinson and Peter Rogers.
The course also recently held its Ladies Invitation Day. A count-back on 42 points was needed to declare Waltham Windmill member's Allison Bottomley and Grace Morgan the winners with 42 points from runners-up Cheryl Gilliatt and Ann Fern and Julia Sales and Rachel Denton in third.