At the AGM of Burghley Park Golf Club last week, special long service awards were made to three people who had each been members of the golf club for 50 years.
Terry Baxter, Terry Burrows and Brian Plowright had all joined the club in 1965, and received their awards from club chairman Peter Beeke, who spoke warmly of their long term commitment to the club.
“I think it says a lot about the club and the golf course when we have members who have been with us so long” he said, “and all three of them have made very important contributions to the life of the club over the years. We now have six members who have been here more than 50 years, and we value every one of them.”
The AGM was attended by 112 members, and retiring club captain Richard Cook thanked all club members, on behalf of himself and ladies’ captain Chris Wright, for their generosity in raising over £7000 during the year for their charities Rutland Sailability and the Evergreen Trust.
Also standing down were Bob Emmins, who completed his 3 year term as treasurer, having overseen a significant expansion of club membership, past captain Richard Gilbert, marketing committee chairman David Ford, and junior organiser John Mayman. David Devlin was elected as incoming club captain, Gill Bedford as incoming ladies’ captain, and Jake Brown as incoming juniors’ captain.
The Seniors Coffee Morning competition on Monday was played in a 3 ball AM-AM format, with 20 teams taking part in the 9 hole event. Early starters found the course to be challenging, as icy overnight conditions had created very hard surfaces which made ball control something of a lottery.
As temperatures rose and the ground softened, scores steadily improved, with the winners coming from the last group to start. Pippa LeSage, Pauline Crampin and Colin Stewart returned to the clubhouse with a very impressive 49 points to take the win, 2 ahead of Chris Clarke, Barbara Newell and Terry Baxter on 47. More than £100 was raised for the Thorpe Hall Hospice in a raffle.