Thetford Golf Club quartet hit the fairway

Thetford GCs 2016 captains, from left, Les Dewey (seniors), Alan Brown (club captain), president Ann

Thetford GCs 2016 captains, from left, Les Dewey (seniors), Alan Brown (club captain), president Anne McHarg, Janice Fossey (ladies) and Abigail ORiordan (juniors). - Credit: Submitted

A new golfing year got into full swing at Thetford Golf Club with the four captains of 2016 driving into office.

The quartet came through this annual test of golfing ability – and nerve – with flying colours as all four tee shots all found the fairway.

Insider knowledge may have helped David Fossey to win one of the prizes for predicting where the drives would finish. He was spot on when it came on to the Ladies’ Captain’s drive which was struck by his wife, Janice.

David was delighted to contribute his cash win to the Ladies’ Captain’s charity.

This year’s club captain is Alan Brown, while Les Dewey is the seniors’ captain and Abigail O’Riordan is the junior captain.

There was a good crowd of onlookers to witness the drive-ins and to wish the new captains well for their year of office.

The first competition of the new year is always the Captain’s Mashie, which involves 13 holes on New Year’s Day using just one club and a putter. This year’s winner, with 21 points, was 20-handicapper Glenn Beardsall. Other scores: 20 Phil Halford (12); 19 Gary Scott (8); 18 Sharon Caws (16), Paul Waters (10) and Ian Farnham (4); 17 Chris Evans (21); 16 Mark Lingard (12); 15 Matt Harben (5), Paul Pearce (5) and Mark Henfield (5).

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New members Jeremy Campbell and Nicholas Murgolo won the fourth round of the Winter League with 39 Stableford points. This foursomes event involves six rounds, with the best four scores to count. Leaders after four rounds are Robbie O’Brien and Ryan Woods with 129 after their 34 point return on Sunday.

Full scores (four-round total in brackets unless they have not submitted enough cards): 39 Jeremy Campbell & Nicholas Murgolo (123); 36 Kevin Cooke & Ross Sanford (119); Nolan Guthrie & Mike Horley; 35 Norrie Dickson & Brian Youngs, Peter Allott & Tom Fitchew; 34 Brian How & Matt Wabe, Daryl Breen & James Camilleri, Robbie O’Brien & Ryan Woods (129); 33 Dean Scott & Gary Scott; Tony Brooks & Dave Fitchett (123); David Hudson & Mick Maskell; Matt Harben & Mark Henfield (124); Mark Lingard & Tim McAlinden; 31 Rafe Ashby & Mark Brooks; 30 Peter Croker & John Ward. Also: 29 Chris Foulds & Matt Foulds (109); 28 Stephen Burridge & Mike Smith (115); Ian Farnham & Andrew Horsburgh (124); 27 Paul Pearce & Robert Taylor (110); 26 John Barton & David Sutton (110); 25 Chris Evans & David Goddard (112); 24 Paul Moore & Simon Moore (114).

The January Medal was won by Stephen Burridge with 82-12-70. Other scores: Division One, John Baldwin 84-12-72; Peter Allott 80-8-72; Mike Horley 78-6-72; Robert Kingsley 86-13-73; Daniel Brace 84-11-73; Matt Harben 80-5-75; Robbie O’Brien 84-9-75; Robert Bentley 90-15-75; Mark Henfield 81-5-76; Andrew Knowles 90-14-76; Ross Sanford 80-4-76. Division Two, Jeremy Campbell 94-21-73; Dave Rivett 91-17-74; Craig Estlea 95-17-78.