New captains at Hindhead

By Surrey and Hants News in Golf

The recent annual Captains’ Drive-In at Hindhead Golf Club saw the official handover to a new team of captains for 2017.

It also saw the end of a year of fundraising, with more than £30,000 donated to local charities.

During 2016, a number of events organised by the captains, and supported by members, resulted in £22,017.95 being presented to Challengers children’s charity by club captain Steve Burton, with the Phyllis Tuckwell hospice charity receiving £,5879 from ladies’ captain Karen Hawkins.

The money was raised by a combination of raffles, a Pro-Am day, the summer club ball, the Farnham Lions charity golf day which raised £7,700, and member Andrew Dodd’s Prudential Ride London sponsorship money of £2,700.

Challengers has play and youth centres in Guildford and Farnham, where disabled children and young people can play, challenge themselves, relax, and make friends. In total, 533 children and young people attend the Farnham schemes, and 12 families from Hindhead use its services.

As well as the Hindhead ladies raising money for Phyllis Tuckwell, the charity organises bag collections of old clothes, and over the year 82 bags of unwanted clothes were donated by the ladies. This should raise an additional £3,600.

Phyllis Tuckwell is the only hospice care service for adult patients, and their families, living with cancer or another terminal illness serving the whole of west Surrey and part of north-east Hampshire.

The incoming captains have selected their local charities for 2017. New club captain Mark Riley will split his money raised between The Meath Epilepsy Charity in Godalming and the Peter Alliss Masters Powered Wheelchair Crusade. Peter Alliss is an honorary life member at Hindhead.

New ladies’ captain Sam Dodd will be supporting The Simon Trust in Farnham, a charity that supports adults with autism.

Despite a wet, murky start, the traditional Captains’ Drive-In witnessed the new captains driving off from the first tee.

Incoming ladies’ captain Sam Dodd excelled with three beautiful drives to the centre of the fairway, and new junior captain Charlie Corner maintained the tradition of outdriving the club captain, with a distance so far that no one could actually see where it landed! This was followed by a busy field of competitors battling soggy conditions in a shotgun team Stableford competition. The winning team carded 99 points. A raffle got the year’s fundraising off to a good start, with £420 raised.