Rugby legend is golf club’s special guest

Burghley Park Golf Club captain Keith Duff, special guest Jeff Probyn and past captain Javan Argent
Burghley Park Golf Club captain Keith Duff, special guest Jeff Probyn and past captain Javan Argent
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Burghley Park Golf Club

FORMER England Rugby Union legend Jeff Probyn excelled as the after-dinner speaker at Burghley Park Golf Club’s annual Captain’s Dinner last Friday.

Probyn, who was capped 37 times for England between 1987 and 1993, and was once voted the best prop in the World, entertained nearly 100 members and guests.

Club Captain Keith Duff, who hosted the dinner, said “Jeff was a great speaker.

“He delighted the audience with his tales of life as an international rugby player, and through his willingness to continue his stories in the bar afterwards. It was a memorable evening.”

The club has long had a close relationship with RAF Wittering, and the Captain’s other guest was Wing Commander Ian Reynolds from the base.

During the evening a charity draw took place, raising £425 for Wittering’s main charity, Anna’s Hope, which the base has dedicated to the memory of Senior Aircraftman James Smart, who died on active service this summer. Wing Commander Reynolds expressed his thanks for the generosity of the Burghley members.

The captain’s other guests were past Midlands Golf Union and Lincolnshire Golf Union President John Price, a long standing Burghley member, and club stalwart Howard Mulligan.

Mulligan who, after retiring as long-serving club secretary a few years ago, has continued to contribute greatly to the service of the club through support of the competitions committee.

The vote of thanks was given by Bob Emmins, a supporter of the Northampton Saints Premiership Rugby team, who recalled that he, like Jeff Probyn, had played regularly for Wasps in his younger days, but for the seventh team rather than the firsts.

Stoke Rochford

STOKE Seniors played their Winter Warmer competition as a Bamford Multiplier this week with the Stableford scores of each player within teams of three being multiplied.

Winners, with 144 points, were Walt Barber, Barrie Griffin and Joe Lindley. Second with 141½ were Peter Gill, Keith Eddy and Peter Fletcher. Third on countback with 134 were Don Werner, Malcolm Edwards and Mike Palmer.

Joint leaders after four rounds are Keith Dugmore and Joe Lindley.