Club Captain's Page 

Captain's Charity Day - Friday 15th September 
The Captain's Charity Day took place in very changeable weather conditions, where most of the seasons were experienced by the players during their round of golf. 
 
Nearly 100 golfers took part in the mixed four-person team event and the shot-gun start format worked well with all but a couple groups back in the clubhouse in good time. The weather had its say on the scores as this year we saw no three figure winners, but there was still a lot of competition for the prizes with no fewer than six teams within two points of overall victory. The winners and runner's up were as follows: 
 
Overall team competition: 
3rd - 95 points (count-back) - Physics & Fellows (Nick Willis/Chris Johnson and guests) 
2nd - 96 points - Look On The Bright Side (Joe & Helen Nellis and guests) 
1st - 96 points (count-back) - SIG (Jimmy Cunningham & Guests) 
 
Bedford Blues Ball Competition (total points with blue ball rotated amongst team) 
2nd - 38 points - SNITS (Wilf Mannion, Laurie Barratt, Dave Cockings, Stuart Kenny) 
(apparently SNITS stands for Still Not In The Seniors!) 
1st - 39 Points - The Chuckle Brothers (Simon Cavill, Clive Haywood, Mike Stockford & Neil Tabraham) 
 
Spot Prizes 
6th - NP Ladies - Rebecca Kier 
6th - NP Men - Alan Jones 
8th - Nearest the Line - Anne Harris 
12th - LD ladies - Sue Cribb 
12th - LD Men - Tom Hitching 
 
This year's event was in aid of Bedford Samaritans and we're pleased to announce a record in fund raising from a golf day at Stagsden for Samaritans with nearly £7000 raised. The many routes to fund raising on the day included: 
• The Raffle which raised over £1000 
• Beat the pro - unlike previous years where we had a beat the pro challenge at the 6th, our Head Professional Geraint Dixon was out and about on the course, setting everyone a challenge as he met them and raising money in the process 
• An Auction - The event finished with an auction managed by Russell Beard. A wide range of auction lots had been generously donated to the cause and in the process raised several thousand pounds. 
 
Thanks to all the members from Bedfordshire Golf Club who either took part or organised teams. Also, a big thank-you to all those who generously donated raffle and auction lots, which enabled Samaritans to raise so much money. 

Overall Team Winners 

The 'Blue Ball' Winners 
And when it rained, it really rained! 
Our Auctioneer Russell 
Biddenham Baffie Captain's Team 4 - Vice-Captain's Team 5 
On a sunny Saturday in late June, the traditional match took place between the Captain's Team and the Vice-Captain's Team for the privilege of winning the magnificent Biddenham Baffie and the long history that goes with it. 
 
Our Captain this year, being an avid rugby fan, decided to make the most of the opportunity afforded by the British & Irish Lions test again the All-Blacks, by starting the Baffie event with a 'Full-English' following by a few early pints whilst watching the match itself. Unfortunately, the result wasn't quite what the increasingly agitated audience had hoped for, as the day started with a 30 points to 15 defeat. 
 
So, onto the golf itself, and 36 players (18 per team) competed for the pairs match-play competition in excellent conditions. As the results came in, it was all 'nip and tuck' as the scores swayed the overall total from one side to the other. With just one result still to come in, the total stood at 4 matches each, so both Captain and Vice-Captain eagerly awaited their final pairing to hear how they'd got on. As fortune would have it, the expected winners in this match were outshone by the underdogs so the Vice-Captain managed a 5-4 victory. 
Above: The Captain presenting the 'Biddenham Baffie' to the victorious Vice-Captain 
Below: The two teams celebrating after the match - and is that SKY reporting the result? 
Captain's Day 2017 - Saturday 17th June 
Captain's Day took place on a warm sunny Saturday in June with the course looking an absolute picture and in fabulous condition. For his big day, Captain John had organised a Singles Stableford Competition during the morning, which included players from all sections of the club. He was delighted that no fewer than 111 members filled the course! 
 
Captain's wife Sue worked behind the scenes to support John with refreshments. A very welcome hospitality point had been set up on the 6th tee where Prosecco, beers and soft drinks were all on offer, together with home baked goodies - courtesy of Sue herself. As you can see below, our illustrious immediate past Ladies Captain was happy to take light refreshment in the form of a cup of tea! Whether she also enjoyed the delicious looking cookies, we'll never know... 
Ultimately, the competition provided 2 winners and these were: 
• Ladies - Jane Andersen with 35 points 
• Men - Andrew Jones with 39 points 
They are pictured below with Captain John at the presentation receiving their prizes. 
There were also a number of spot prizes as follows: 
Ladies nearest the pin - Sam Turnbull (below left) 
Men's nearest the pin - Ian Clayton 
Ladies longest drive - Barbara Talboys (below right) 
Men's longest drive - Brian Lewin 
 
There were no fewer than eleven 2's, including notably Sheila Fairey and Sam Turnbull at the 13th and Graham Crawford at the 17th! Well done to all of them. 
Following the presentations, everyone joined The Captain and his wife Sue for a delicious lunch in the Clubhouse afterwards. As you might imagine, the place was heaving! 
 
All in all, it was a excellent day for our Captain, the members and of course the club. 
 
Packed house for Gale Salvers 2017 Qualifier 
Sunday 23rd April saw the qualifying competition for the 2017 Gale Salvers with 100 golfers gathering at 7.00am for a hearty cooked breakfast (thank you chef & team) followed by a shotgun start. 
 
Winners for the last 2 years, Matt Lea and Rob Sparks were presented with the 2016 Salvers at the breakfast (below with Captain, John Simpson), but unfortunately they failed to qualify in 2017, so the way is open to fresh winners this year. 
12 pairs qualified for the round robin phase of matches against Geraint Dixon and one of the Captain, the President or the Vice-Captain. Leading the way in qualification were Club Chairman, Steve Coppock and Chair of Golf, John Haines (below) with a very impressive better-ball score of 43 points. Good luck everyone in the next round. 
Captain's Drive-In Lunch - Sunday 29th January 
The Captain's Drive-In Lunch took place in a packed Biddenham Suite on Sunday 29th January. Members, families and friends enjoyed a lovely meal and a speech from New Club Captain John Simpson in which he outlined his plans for the year ahead. He thanked all those who have supported him to this point and of course, those who will be providing an endless supply of it during the year ahead - especially Ladies Captain Anne and of course his lovely wife Sue! 
Above (top) - Captain John, family and friends - and (below) Ladies Captain Anne, family and friends. 
2017 Joint Captains' Drive-In 
2017 Captain John Simpson, Vice Captain Jim Godfrey and Ladies Captain Anne Harris on a rather damp 1st tee for their Drive-In. You'll be pleased to know that both of them managed to handle the pressure well, overcoming the inevitable nerves and hitting excellent drives. Looking at her outfit, Anne is clearly planning on brightening things up during her captain's year! 
2017 AGM and Captain's handover 
The club AGM took place on Sunday 22nd January.  
Past Captain, Kevin Dunbar bowed out after a very successful year and handed over to new Club Captain, John Simpson (above). John said "It is a huge honour to be given the opportunity to captain Bedfordshire Golf Club - especially at such a good time for the club. I am looking forward to meeting, and playing golf with, as many members as possible during his year and to doing all I can to ensure the club continues on its current successful journey." 
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