Newly-installed Burghley Park Seniors’ captain Maurice Egglestone won’t forget his first event in the driving seat.
The Seniors nine hole Mixed AM-AM started in dry but breezy conditions, but as Storm Imogen arrived conditions deteriorated fast, meaning that the second half of the field had to contend with very strong gusty winds and heavy driving rain. Unsurprisingly, most of the prizes went to the early starters, and all the 54 starters deserved a medal for sticking it out.
First place was claimed by Maurice Egglestone, Isobel Reading and Rowland Davies who were first out, and whose impressive 39 points could not be matched by those who followed them.
Gail Hunt, Phil Hunt and John Read pushed them hard all the way, but couldn’t quite get the big scores needed, and finished second with 37 points. In third spot were Dave Cleminson, Janet Roberts and Mike Wright on 34, ahead of Margaret Middleton, Helen Dale and Terry Lill on 32.
Captain Eggleston’s announcement that his Captains’ Charity objective for the year was to establish a Junior bursary scheme at Burghley was well received.
l Outgoing Seniors’ Captain David Porteous was delighted to welcome Kirsty Clipston from the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, which had been his charity for 2015. He had strong personal reasons for choosing Thorpe Hall, and was delighted to present Hospice Fundraiser Kirsty with a cheque for £1,700, raised from the Seniors and Seniors’ events in 2015. David Porteous was particularly grateful to local accountancy firm Duncan & Toplis, and to Chris Pitman at The George, who had been very generous in their support of his charity. Kirsty Clipston thanked David Porteous and everyone who had contributed for their generosity, and explained how important funding support of this kind was to Thorpe Hall in providing hospice support both at Thorpe Hall and in people’s homes.
lClub stalwart Ian Yarham was welcomed to the 50 Year Membership club by chairman Peter Beeke at Burghley’s AGM last week.
Yarham joined the club as an 11 year old Junior in 1966, and had the honour of being club captain in the club’s Centenary Year in 1990. He has represented the club in numerous team events over the years, and is planning to play more golf as work commitments wind down. Joe Parrott was also announced at the AGM as a 50 year member, but was unable to be present and will receive his award later.
In his valedictory speech, outgoing club captain David Devlin reflected on his year, noting what an honour it had been to hold this office during the club’s 125th anniversary year. He was delighted by the way that the wide range of celebratory events held during the year had brought the club together, and particularly by the generosity of members and visitors to the Captains’ Charity funds.
He and Ladies’ captain Gill Bedford had chosen the Stamford Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to be their joint charity for the year, and over £7,500 had been raised.
The well attended AGM (over 250 members were present) approved a major development programme for the club, which will deliver significant improvements to the course and facilities, under the guidance of consultant greenkeeper Gordon Irvine, and the golf course architects Mackenzie & Ebert.