Luffenham set for centenary spree

Men's seniors captain Malcom Bussey, lady captain Yvonne Waudby, club captain John Edmond and club president Lawrence Hoskins at Luffenham Heath Golf Club which marks its centenary this year

Men's seniors captain Malcom Bussey, lady captain Yvonne Waudby, club captain John Edmond and club president Lawrence Hoskins at Luffenham Heath Golf Club which marks its centenary this year

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A YEAR of celebration has begun at Luffenham Heath Golf Club as clubs around Rutland have begun to tee off for the new year.

On New Year’s Day at Luffenham, former captain Peter Baker and vice president Guy Richardson presented the club with a centenary flag designed to reflect the significance of this special year in the club’s history.

The traditional captain’s drive-in followed the unfurling. Club captain John Edmond, lady captain Yvonne Waudby, senior captain Malcolm Bussey and ladies senior captain Jill Plant each took their turn at the first tee, in the presence of more than 100 club members.

Centenary celebrations will continue throughout the year, peaking in the second week of July with seven days of special events including an Anniversary Hickory Day (foursomes Stableford played off three-quarter handicap), the Centenary Invitation Day (four ball better ball off three-quarter handicap), the President’s Centenary Trophy and a ‘once in lifetime’ centenary ball on Saturday, July 9.

Golfers who are not members of the club will be encouraged to join members in a number of open and society events throughout the year.

For further information, see www.luffenhamheath.co.uk or call the club secretary’s office on 01780 720 205.

l MEANWHILE at Greetham Valley the club’s new captains began their year at the helm with the traditional first tee off.

Bob Green and Jackie Friend faced a tense start to their captaincy, driving from the 10th over a large pond, uphill and in front of gathered club members.

After the drive-in, members took part in a nine-hole Stableford competition.

Greetham’s main fairways and greens remain open for competition despite the recent snow and meltwater, and the new captains were full of praise for the green-keeping staff.

Last year’s captains’ charity was Sue Ryder Care in Peterborough and club members and golfers at RAF Cottesmore raised more than £4,000.

For 2011, Bob and Jackie have chosen the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance service as their charity.

They chose the service in memory of Greetham Valley chef James Adamson who was killed in a car crash last year and the air ambulance was quickly on the scene.

All donations will be presented in his name.

Mike Guy takes over from David Aldred as 2011 Seniors captain and Steven Graham was named Junior captain, taking over from Nick Cunnington.