Burnley captains get the new season off to a swinging start

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The 2011/12 season opened at Burnley Golf Club with a four-man team event.

The winners, with 87 points, after a card play-off, wereIan Doney, Eugene Kirk, Terry Walne and Stuart Nunn, ahead of Garner, Swain, Holden and Ormerod.

Then saw the new captain, Michael Bentley, come into office, and his team suffered at the hands of the President’s team in their annual match.

Some 140 members entered the event, and the President’s side amassed 60 stableford points more than the Captain’s side to take the honours.

Thanks go to the ladies’ section, led by captain Fran Taylor, for providing an enjoyable afternoon tea. The evening followed with dinner and entertainment to a packed clubhouse.

The Spring Fourball was entered by 77 teams, many of which are regular visitors to the event.

The winners on the day were Greenwood and Crompton from Knights Grange Golf Club with 46 points. In second place were home members Pate and Aiden Riley with 44 points, and after a card play-off, in third place were Dickens and Smith from Hart Common Golf Club.

The club’s junior section has a new chair/organiser in Terry Clarke.

James Webster, the club’s teaching professional, will continue to give lessons to the junior section and members alike.

All are welcome for the meeting and coaching sessions which will commence in the next week.

In the ladies’ section, the Fourball Better Ball was won by Maureen Barson and Brenda Roosens with 35 points.

Runners-up were lady captain Fran Taylor and Jean Scaife with 34 points.

The Open Bunny Hop was won by Fran Taylor, Joyce Green and visitor Cath Hennessey from Vickers Green with 55 points, three ahead of Jean Scaife, Isobel Scaife and Deborah Haworth.

The Spring Foursomes was won by Joyce Green and Dawn Elliott with a nett 76, closely followed by Fran Taylor and Isobel Scaife with a nett 77.

l TOWNELEY’S first monthly medal was won by in-form Gary Chadwick, on the card from veteran Bill McLellan after both posted excellent gross 66s.

Chadwick was also nearest the pin at the sixth hole, with the evergreen Ray Glasgow taking the plaudits at the 17th.

Social secretary Stewart Bird’s nett 65 won the ELGA qualifier, ahead of new member Chris Turner, Andy Swindells and John Gordon Miller, all with 67s.

The quartet will represent the club at Marsden Park at a later date.

Geoff Hurst, at the sixth, and Dave Windle, at the 17th, took the nearest the pin prizes.