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Captains' Drive-In & Lunch - January 2020
The 2020 Joint Captains' Drive-In took place on Sunday, celebrating the start of a new year at the helm for Club Captain, Nick Turnbull, Ladies' Captain, Jane Anderson and Seniors' Captain, Nick Serrecchia. Our new Junior Captain, Vijay Singh was unable to attend as he was playing in a competition.
The large turn-out of Members were delighted to welcome the new Captains on to the tee - and just miss the rain as the weather started to turn!
Our New Captains on the tee with The President
All three hit good drives and were recorded for posterity - and of course for the important competition to see who guessed the closest for each of their drives. More in a while on that.
Undoubtedly the smartest dressed Club Captain for many years!
Ladies Captain Jane, ready to tee off
photo by Jayne Stringer
Great follow through from Jane
Seniors' Captain Nick in action
Following the Drive-In, most of the Members joined the Captains for a relaxed three course lunch followed by speeches in the Biddenham Suite. The respective Captains each hosted a table of family and friends.
Club Captain Nick & Guests
Ladies' Captain Jane & Guests
Seniors' Captain Nick & Guests
Following the lunch, new Vice-Captain, Tony Peluso announced the winners of the 'guess the distance' competitions for the drives. They were as follows:
Nick Turnbull drove 149yds 10in and Mike Fairey guessed 149yds 1ft to win.
Nick Serrechia drove 206yds 1ft 2in and Steve Lay guessed 206yds to win.
Jane Anderson drove 160yds 4in. Kate Broughton and Derek Freeman both guessed 160yds 1in!
Winner Mike Fairey with Vice Captain, Tony Peluso
Winners Kate Broughton & Derek Freeman
After lunch, Captain Nick arose for his much anticipated introductory speech.
" My year as Captain Has Only Just Begun (courtesy of The Carpenters!)" he began, and commented that the first few days had been "full of meetings, votes, rule changes, speeches, thank-you's, drive-ins (thankfully OK!), presenting flowers, bottles of wine and, embarrassing my family!" Clearly, a very busy time...
Nick thanked all those (including Sam and his family) who had helped him through his 20 years at the Club.
During his 20 years at Bedfordshire Golf Club, Nick himself has supported wife Sam as Ladies Captain 2000 & 2014, been on the Management Board between 2003-5, Seniors Captain in 2011, Vice Captain in 2019 and now, Club Captain. All in all, a major commitment to the Club, all before his big year!
Announcing the Club Captain's chosen Charity as Willen Hospice, who give End of Life Care & Support, he commented that "they are close to his heart after helping both his Father and Mother towards the end of their lives and he plans to raise as much as possible through his Captain's year to support them."
Referring to the Past Captain, Nick said that "Andy will be a hard act to follow as Captain. He put his life and soul into leading this Club, as do our Management Board, and I will hope to uphold the high standards we enjoy here at Bedfordshire G.C. I look forward to working with all “team leaders” thru’ 2020, Tony Peluso (V.C.), Jane Anderson (Ladies' Captain), Nick Serrecchia (Seniors' Captain) plus many other 'unsung heroes' who organise so much for our Club." He rounded off - “To 2020 and Beyond!”
Previous Club Captain's Articles are shown below
New Club Captain Takes The Reins - January 2020
At the Bedfordshire Golf Club AGM on Sunday, 2019 Captain, Andy Brown brought his year to a close by saying how much he had enjoyed his year at the helm and thanked all those who made the last 12 months such a success for the Club.
He handed over to new Club Captain, Nick Turnbull, who thanked Andy for being such an excellent Captain said that he had a very tough act to follow. He also suggested that we shouldn't expect any of his golf to be of the standard of Andy's!
Andy Hands Over To Nick, as a new Club Captain's Year Begins
Captain's Charity Day - September 2019
Despite some biblical weather conditions including a monsoon, a good day was had by all involved in the 2019 Captain's Charity Day. Club Captain, Andy Brown was delighted that the event raised around £7000 for his charity Samaritans. John Simpson, who as many of you know has worked tirelessly to support Bedford Samaritans in recent years, and co-ordinated the Captain's Charity Day, said the funds will contribute significantly toward their current running costs and make a tangible difference to people's lives.
As for the golf, 96 played in 24 teams, with an even split between members and guests to the club. The winning team with 92 points was “the Holey Ones” of Joe Nellis, Brian Allen, John Cribb and David Neilsen.
The Winners with Club Captain Andy
The runner's up with 91 points were Mick Keens, Pat Moriarty, Paul Bailey and Trevor Munnoch
And the Runner's Up
The winning yellow ball team was “WhatsUp” including Neil Fish, Adrian Wareing, Faisal Jafri & Jas Matharu.
In the spot prizes, the Men's Longest Drive was won by Sam Brown - a suitable bottle presented by his dad!
Men's Longest Drive
As for the ladies, it was a good day for one of them in particular with Charlotte Walsh winning both the ladies longest drive and nearest the pin.
Charlotte Walsh, winner of Ladies Longest drive & Nearest the Pin
Grateful thanks went from everyone to Ruth and Debbie for ensuring everything went smoothly on the day from the hospitality perspective. Apparently, 100 people were catered for with a two course meal in just over an hour!
Finally, well done to Club Captain Andy for hosting such a successful event.
2020 Club Vice Captain Announced - August 2019
Nick Turnbull, our 2020 Club Captain, has announced that his Vice-Captain for 2020 will be Antonio (Tony) Peluso.
Nick commented, “ I am so pleased that Tony has accepted the offer to be our Club Vice-Captain in 2020 and I look forward to his valuable support throughout my year as Captain. As a conscientious and confident member of our Club, I know that he will fulfill both his V.C. Role and in due course Club Captaincy, 100%.”
For those who don't know him, Tony moved to Bedford 8 years ago and has been a member of Bedfordshire Golf Club for seven of them. He says he was greeted with open arms and made to feel welcome as soon as he walked on to the course, the complete opposite of other clubs he had visited previously. Apparently, no-one even complained about the time it took him to complete a hole whilst trying to submit 3 cards for handicap!
Tony says he's come a long way with his golf in that time - although, not always in the right direction! He puts his progress predominantly down to the patience of other members, who have put up with, and taken a chance on this unknown creature of habit (as he described himself)!
Tony said, "I was truly humbled and honoured when I was asked by Nick to follow in his footsteps and become Vice Captain in 2020. The invitation came as a complete surprise, so after the initial shock, and having checked with Mrs P, I was delighted to accept Nick's offer.
I realise it won't be easy to follow the present and previous Vice-Captains, but I shall endeavour to fulfill the role to the best of my abilities, supporting the relevant committees as well as Nick himself, and hopefully even gaining some golfing tips during the year!"
Please support Tony when he takes on his role in January at the Club AGM.
2019 Captains Charity Events - Posted June 2019
Both The Club Captain and Ladies Captain will be holding events at the club to raise money for their respective charities. Club Captain Andy will be running a Charity Golf Day in support of The Samaritans in late September, see poster below.
Ladies Captain, Hilary Denny is supporting Bedford Sea Cadets as her official charity this year. In order to raise funds for this extremely worthy cause she is undertaking a gruelling three rounds of golf in a single day, on the 2nd August. She is hoping you will support for her efforts by sponsoring her as she takes on the fifty-four holes this challenge entails.
Hilary said “I particularly wanted to support a local charity, and one that benefits young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds. I first became aware of the good work of the Sea Cadets through my husband who was carrying out research into the impact of cadets on future outcomes for participants. The results are so impressive. The research shows that being a cadet improves self-confidence, performance at school, health, social mobility, community cohesion and ultimately employability and career potential.
However, once I had met unit commander, Sally, her team of adult volunteers and the cadets themselves, I was convinced that this was the charity I wanted to support. They are all so enthusiastic, so committed and have so much determination to succeed and clearly get much enjoyment out of doing it.
So here I am committed to doing 54 holes in one day. Please support me, and this wonderful, local organisation.”
You can support Hilary by making a donation here:
Alternatively, you can sign her sponsorship form, which is up on the noticeboard.
Captain's Day - 8th June 2019
A great turnout of 120 Club Members took part in the 2019 Captain's Day and whilst the event was a great success for both the Club Captain, Andy Brown and all those supporting him on his big day, the weather definitely wasn't! With leaden skies, the rain and wind were incessant and the players were challenged in ways they couldn't possibly have expected in mid-June.
In true British style though, everyone made the most of it and Andy's team did great job manning the half way hut and so much more.
Andy and his support team at the Half Way Hut
Proud Father, Proud Son
And with Grandson, Bailey
So, back to the golf...the vast majority of those who started on the 8.30am shot-gun, managed to finish their round. The finishing scores though, as you might expect in the conditions, were not quite what everyone had hoped for, with less than 10% of the field managing over 30 points. This must be some sort of record!
As for those who did, they were rewarded afterwards, courtesy of the Captain's largess. The top three overall all scored 33 points, so it came down to countback for the podium places. They were as follows:
The overall winner was Graham Crawford, 2nd was Tim Thimaya & 3rd was Kevin Greene. See below.
Winner, Graham Crawford with Captain Andy
In 2nd place Tim Thimaya
in 3rd, Kevin Greene
As for the ladies, the winner was Helen Nellis with 29 and 2nd was Jane Anderson with 26. They clearly enjoyed their celebrations afterwards - see below!
G&T 4 H&J!
And then came the spot prizes:
Ladies nearest the pin on 6th – Anne Foulkes (the very last Lady to play the hole).
Anne dancing with delight at her nearest the pin.
Garry Fitzhugh with Nearest the Pin at 13
Longest Drive & the only 2 all day - Steve Thomas
Nearest the line - Jane Anderson
Birthday girl and also lowest scoring lady - Sheila Fairey
Lowest scoring gentleman - Derek Freeman
Despite the weather Captain Andy and his team had a great day. He thanked those who attended and made the day so enjoyable and paid special tribute to the greenkeepers for getting the course in such fabulous condition. He also thanked the Pro-Shop staff, the catering team and bar staff for a lovely lunch and all their efforts to ensure the members were well looked after.
Captains Drive-Off Their Big Year In Office - Jan 19
Our 4 new Captains & New President
The 2019 Joint Captains' Drive-In took place on Sunday to a packed house following the morning competition which had another great turn-out for mid-winter. Once everyone had made it back to the clubhouse and changed, the Drive-In itself took place with all 4 new captains making a drive.
New Club Captain, Andy Brown rang the bell for the first time to announce the results of the morning competition and then of course, the Drive-In Lunch.
Captain Andy addresses the troops for the first time since in office
New Club Captain, Andy then presented Past Captain, Jim with the ball he teed off with a year earlier, as is tradition - on a plinth, to mark the event.
Captain Andy and Past Captain Jim
Andy and his wife were welcomed into the Biddenham Suite with the traditional slow hand-clap, until the reached their places, after which President Joe said grace. Chef Debbie then served us a tasty three course lunch, after which the Captains' speeches took place.
The first announcements, by President Joe Nellis, were for the 'Guess the Drive Distance' and winners. These are as shown in each of the photos below:
Club Captain, Andy Brown driving 205 yds 1 ft 3 in.
Distance Guess Winner - John Larrett
Ladies Captain, Hilary Denny - 145 yds 2 ft 2 in
Distance Guess Winner - Helen Nellis
Seniors Captain, Phil Rajotte - 171 yds 1 ft 1 in.
Distance Guess Winner - Gary Clarke
Junior Captain, Holly Gordon - 121 yds 2ft 8 in
Captain Andy was full of praise for all those involved in running the Club so successfully and said how proud he was to have been elected to the role for 2019.
Andy in full-flow!
He said how pleased he was to have so many of his family with him at his first event and recognised that the role may put some additional demands on those closest to him, bearing in mind how much time he's likely to be allocating to his role as Captain!
Andy presents a bouquet to his wife Julie, thanking her for all her support
Club Captain's Table
The new Captain & Family
New Ladies Captain, Hilary Denny grasped her moment with a very entertaining speech, thanking all those around her and said how much she was looking forward to playing golf with Andy - honest!
Hilary in command
All smiles as Club Captain presents the Ladies Captain with a bouquet
Finally, the Captain thanked all those involved in making his first event as Captain such a success, including Steve Coppock & John Haines for managing the morning competition, Anne Harris and Sheila Fairey for organising the Guess the Drive Distance competition, John Pepper & Trevor Pasquire for measuring it, Joe Nellis for all his help with the day, and all his family for being there to support him.
We wish Andy, Hilary, Phil and Holly a great year in their respective Captains' years' at Bedfordshire Golf Club.
2019 Vice-Captain Announced - November 2018
We're delighted to announce that Nick Turnbull will become our 2019 Club Vice-Captain.
Having joined the Club as it moved to its new home at Stagsden, Nick quickly became active in a key leadership role as part of the team which set up the BGC Management Board in 2002/03. He then chaired the Board from 2003 to 2005 as, for the first time, it oversaw the commercial running of the Club and future development plans.
In 2010 he again became active in the Club's affairs, this time as a member of the Men’s Seniors Committee, and ultimately becoming Men’s Seniors Captain in 2011.
Nick of course, is very fortunate to have a supportive wife, Sam, who is herself very active in the Club's activities. She was Ladies Captain in 2000 and again in 2014, Ladies Treasurer 2016-18 and is our current Chair of Greens on the Committee.
Nick said "...becoming Vice-Captain and hopefully Club Captain in 2020 will be a great honour and it's really the 'icing on the cake' with all that's gone before".
Current Vice-Captain and Club-Captain Elect, Andy Brown commented, "I am delighted that Nick has agreed to be our Club Vice Captain for 2019 - he brings a great deal of knowledge and experience about the running of our Club from the previous positions he has held. Importantly to me, he will also ensure that the values and standards which help to make our Club what it is, are upheld as we continue to improve and move forward. I look forward to working alongside Nick and all those serving on both The Committee and The Board to progress Bedfordshire Golf Club for the benefit of all our Members and guests”.
2019 Club Vice-Captain, Nick Turnbull