The ladies Spring Open Team event was a 9 hole shotgun sponsored by ‘Cloud 9′ from Whalley. Winners of the morning competition were: Joan Whittaker, Julie Stephenson, Alison Monaghan and Janet Shorrock with a score of 47points. The afternoon competition was won by Rishton and Pleasington players: Marion Rae, Janet Hopkins, Christine Darling and Jen Farrington with a score of 44points.
Captain Richard Ferley presents the trophy to Treasurer Ed Gierat who won the competition on a beautiful spring afternoon with a remarkable 43pts. Second was Jeff Storey with 38 pts and third following a card play off was Geoff Durkin with 36 pts. Members remarked how enjoyable it was to play on a course which was both fair and in very good condition.
Sunday 15th May was a beautiful sunny day for the first Mixed Open of the season. The format was a shotgun start at 1pm to a full house, 9 holes of golf followed by an informal presentation and get together over a late lunch. The course was in great condition and a most enjoyable afternoon was had by all. The next mixed open is on Sunday 26th June.
Winners: Agnes & Mike Seery and guests Mr & Mrs A. Rigby with a score of 50points! assisted by birdies on the fifth from Mike and Agnes – Agnes with a chip in from 130 yards – which earned them 9 points on that hole alone! Runners-up were Julie Stevenson, Joan Whittaker, Chris Blackadder and Rob Harrison with 43 points; third were Viv & Roger Lee, Allison Nuttall & Paul Chalker with 42points.
The Lady Captain’s Charity Dinner in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, took place on Friday May 6th. There were over 70 ladies present and everyone enjoyed the food provided by Julia and her team.
Julie Hesketh spoke on behalf of the Charity and thanked the ladies for their generous support.
The main speaker was Bev Dodd, a local golfer, who does a lot of work with ladies and junior golfers. She gave us an interesting insight into the psychology of golf and the power of positive thinking.
An enjoyable evening was had by all.
Captain Richard Ferley raises a glass to celebrate the reshaping of Whalley Golf Club’s signature hole.
Interviewed he said, “I’m grateful to our Greens Chairman, Paul Chalker and his greens staff, who have created a course which is both challenging and enjoyable to play.
Three years ago I envisioned a course which rewarded the straight shot and bunkers which were such as to enable escape with a good bunker shot. I’m really pleased that in my captain’s year we have a course of which to be proud.
I should be pleased if members landing in the ‘Captain’s bunker’ would donate at least 50p to the Captain’s charity box on the bar.
Rule 24.2b applies to a ball landing on the step can be dropped without penalty outside the hazard at the nearest point of relief no nearer the hole.