Bristol Rovers players tee off at Farrington Park Golf Club
Bristol Rovers players swapped their studs for spikes last week when the football club staged their annual golf day at Farrington Park.
The popular event – which attracted corporate sponsors, businesses, football supporters and keen golfers – featured 20 teams of four, each of which included a Rovers player or official.
The winning team, Irene the Gorilla, included Rovers academy manager Tom Curtis, while nearest the pin and other spot prizes were given out by first-team boss John Ward throughout the day.
The event, which was capped by dinner in the Montgomerie Suite, raised almost £500 for St Peter’s Hospice thanks to a charity hole, which saw golfers pay to take part in a competition to get their ball onto the green on the fifth.
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Rovers stadium manager Ian Holtby: “Everyone at the club would like to thank the staff at Farrington Park for hosting such a successful day.
“The compliments have literally been flying in from all quarters – sponsors, guests, players, media, everyone making very positive comments and expressing their sincere gratitude for the way in which the whole day worked out and the quality of the facilities.”
The following day saw Aimee Sawyer win the annual Ladies’ AGM Salver on countback from runner-up Victoria Watts and third-placed Gail Proctor after each of them scored 35 points.
The subsequent AGM saw the ladies section bid a fond farewell to outgoing captain Sharman Bradshaw and a warm welcome for 2013-14 incumbent Didi Ager.
Sue Stilwell also stepped down as competitions secretary and is replaced by Liz Thomas.
Ladies’ 2013-14 committee
Captain – Didi Ager. Vice-captain – Min Woodward. Secretary – June Symonds. Ladies & mixed section treasurer – Jacqui Gregory. Handicap secretary – Maureen Charlton. Competition secretary – Liz Thomas. Committee members 1,2 & 3 – Clare Salter, Bridget Rylance & Pauline Young. Somerset county delegate – Jean Sage. Senior county delegate – Jane Waller.
Saturday’s Qualifying Stableford was won by Mandy Hobbs with an impressive seven pars and two birdies, which earned her 42 points – eight more than Maria Brodrick, who beat Gail Proctor on countback.
Eighteen mixed pairs competed for the Romaine Punchbowl in glorious conditions on Sunday, with Sue and Clive Stilwell winning the trophy for the third time in its 17-year history.
They recorded the best gross score of 74, while Jane and Steve Ball had the best net score of 66.5.
The consolation Stableford was won with 39 points by Peta Romaine and Phil Thompson, who were also nearest the pin on the eighth hole. Nearest the pin in two on the 14th were Terri O’Shea and Mike Goodliff.
Farrington Park would like to thank Peta and Charles Romaine for presenting the trophy and supplying other prizes.
Men’s Saturday Stableford
Division 1: 1 Martin Jones* 39, 2 Mike Goodliff* 39, 3 Danny Farnen 37.
Division 2: 1 Roger Farr* 41, 2 Aaron Ridewood* 39, 3 Mike Hogg* 38.
Men’s Sunday Stableford
Division 1: 1 Shane Phelps 39, 2 Eric Brooks 39, 3 Steve Kingman 38.
Division 2: 1 Adrian Cronin 36, 2 Nick Russell 34, 3 Pete Willcox 32.
* Handicap reductions