Mandy blasts into captaincy at Rutland County

Ladies line up to support the start of Mandy Collin's year as Lady Captain at Rutland County Golf Club

Ladies line up to support the start of Mandy Collin's year as Lady Captain at Rutland County Golf Club

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Mandy Collins launched her captaincy at Rutland County Golf Club with a laser-like drive into an Arctic breeze that measured at a healthy 93.4 metres.

As well as looking forward to a packed calendar of club competition and inter-club matches, the club’s ladies captain is keen to welcome new players into the fold.

Mandy has taken a keen interest in the development of the Lady Beginners classes, overseen by the Club Professional, Jasen Barker, and has been pleased with the addition of 15 new members already from these beginners and intermediate groups.

An experienced and well-regarded professional, Barker is starting another group shortlyand can be contacted on 01780 460239.

l There has been a terrific response to the club’s offer of eight free junior golf scholarships

with more dates booked for trials. Boys and girls, aged 7-12 years, who would like to enter should call Tracy or Steve on 01780 460330 or email steve@rutlandcountygolf for details.

l Club Manager Steve Lowe has announced a programme of groundworks and landscaping at the club and, despite the weather, work has already started on substantial improvements to the front of the clubhouse which will enhance the entrance to the course from the main buildings.

l The seniors’ captain versus vice-captain singles competition was battled out between 29 players on each side.

After all their valiant efforts, the match was a draw at 14.5 matches each. With the Captains team having won the first encounter early in the month and the drawn follow-up, Senior Captain John Phipps is in a good position to lead his team to the overall competition with just next Tuesday’s final round remaining.

After much searching and detective work, the Nearest the Pin marker (7th hole) was located and Mike Frankish was declared the winner. Nearest the Pin on the 15th was Alan Bainbridge.

In the Senior Winter Doubles, Ron Snape and Gerry Webb beat Mike Frankish and Dick Wray 5&4.

Thirty-five Seniors took part in the 2-from-3 competition which might have been inflated a little by the cancellation of the day’s away match at South Kyme. Some of those scheduled to play there came to join in the seniors’ match programme.

The winning team for the competition was Eamon Walsh, John Rudin and Gerry McIntyre, with a score of 87.