Betty’s captain’s day is a colourful occasion

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More than 50 members of Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club took part in a colourful Ladies’ Captain’s Day for Betty Cox last Thursday.

The team event on the Gainsborough Course took place in glorious conditions with two scores to count on par fives and three on par fours and fives.

The ladies greeted their captain, driven in her decorated buggy by ladies’ vice-captain, Anne Hemmings, to the front of the spike bar overlooking the two 18th greens where she was presented with a bouquet of flowers by ladies’ section secretary, Ann Major.

Cox’s chosen theme for the day was ‘Cool Cats and Country Cottage Gardens’ with the ladies dressed in all things colourful with some inventive costumes worn before and some during play.

The overall team prize on the day went to Lesley Munro, Susie Milner-Moore, Joan Landen and Fiz Grundy, with Jane Golding, Hilary Cairns, Margaret Bentley and Sybil Paton coming second.

At the end of the round, Cox was joined by some 70 people including family and non-playing guests to sit down to a buffet in the Garden Room.

Following the meal she was presented with a book of photographs both past and present which all the ladies had signed with messages of goodwill and thanks for all her hard work so far. She also received a silver bracelet from the ladies as her gift.

One raffle prize of a round of golf for four at Bury St Edmunds raised more than £150 for her charity, The Children’s Society.

The prize winners were: Best Front 9: Alison Jennings, Kate Fitzgerald, Amanda Hall and Eileen Hands; Best Back 9: Mal Went, Suzanne Shaw-Smith, Jo Little and Mandy Byham; Nearest the Pin hole 3: Ann Thomas; Nearest the Pin hole 7: Gwen Broadhead; Nearest the Pin hole 18: Karen Lewis; Straightest Drive on hole 13: Mandy Byham; First overall: Lesley Munro, Susie Milner-Moore, Joan Landen and Fiz Grundy; Second overall: Jane Golding, Hilary Cairns, Margaret Bentley and Sybil Paton; Third overall: Roz Clements, Gwen Broadhead, Debbie Howlett and Sue Gregory.