Kenwick Park GC: Captains competition raises curtain on new season

For some, the Masters at Augusta National signals the start of the golfing season, but at Kenwick Park the Captains' Opening Competition is the curtain-raiser

Dawson Trophy winners Rose Stevenson (left) and Lesley Burton (right) with lady captain Penny Buckley EMN-160321-105214002

A field of 80 players took part in the am-am format as Rob and Elaine Houlton, playing with Rick and Sue Fisher, scored a superb 87 points to win.

Andy Sudlow, Graham Parkinson, Rob and Will Oliver had to be content with second place with 82 points, while a countback on 81 placed Bob and Jane Briggs, Chris Davies and Graham Jacklin in third ahead of Smiler Hutson, John Rysdale, Spencer and Harry Wood.

The nearest the pin winners were Harry Wood (8th) and Elaine Houlton (17th).

A total of £80 was raised for the nominated charities of captains Graham Sykes and Penny Buckley – Lives, Blood Bikes and the Louth branch of Parkinsons UK by each golfer buying a mulligan, some using them wisely, others not!

* A raw and wet day did not stop two ladies having fantastic scores in the 18-hole stableford for the Dawson Trophies.

Lesley Burton (14 handicap) scored a wonderful 38 points to win the silver division from runner-up Sue Fisher (14) with 31.

Rose Stevenson (29) scored a great 37 points to win the bronze trophy from Pam Haywood (22) with 31.

Mary Osmond (32) won the alternative nine-hole stableford with 17 points.