West Sussex Gazette

Golf club’s newest captains drive in

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Mannings Heath’s two newest captains drove themselves into office – with Martin Lumbard taking over from Chris McGrath as club captain and Nick Tidey succeeding Richard Lotinga as leader of the seniors.

Both cracked their tee shots away in impressive style and will be hoping the next 12 months go as smoothly after the difficulti­es faced by their predecesso­rs in negotiatin­g lockdown and Covid. They will also be hoping to match impressive fundraisin­g efforts.

McGrath raised over £5,900 for Alzheimer’s Society and Lotinga £1,500 for Prostate Cancer UK. Lumbard’s chosen charity will be St Catherine’s Hospice which received an immediate boost of £205 from the sweep atthe captains’ drives. Tidey’s nominated charity is Epilepsy Action .

On the course Paul Holmes carded a splendid gross 77 off 12 to claim the seniors’ Geoffrey Walker Trophy with 43 points. Colin Cloy, 40, and Geoff Case, 39, were his nearest challenger­s with Cloy nowwithin two points of Andy Bone at the head of the seniors’ order of merit race.

Andrew Hoskins claimed the Ken Forsyth Plate for first round losers by beating Alan Houliston.

A 6-2 home win against the Dyke followed by the same margin of victory at Bletchingl­ey wrapped up the seniors’ friendly matches. Their match tally ended 16½11½ in their favour.

The ladies staged their Stableford finals for the year’s competitio­n victors. Mina Burton’s winning 34 points off 15 included seven pars and beat Julia Hoskins by three and Emma Francis by four.

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