Sue Thurgate’s captaincy of Newton Green Golf Club ladies’ section got off to an explosive start as she stepped out for her drive-in.
The retired headteacher had not bargained for a St Trinian’s-style initiation.
But, as she approached the first tee, she was confronted with 60 women golfers, many in ill-fitting school wear they had once worn as youngsters.
As a school bell tolled, a startled Thurgate was dressed up in a teacher’s cape and a tri-part hat, and led to the tee.
She swung her driver, only to make contact with a fake ball, which exploded in a cloud of smoke, before being given a real ball to strike down the fairway.
Prior to the ceremony, Thurgate had watched retiring captain Carol Durston finish her year by putting out on the 18th green.
Following the drive-in, the ladies played a 10-hole pairs social Stableford.
Results: 1st (29) Cynthia Chapman and Sarah Williams; 3rd (28) Caroline Crace and Angela Allen; 5th (27) Sally Cade and Sue Hobbs.
The nearest-the-pin (handicaps up to 28) on the sixth was Andrea Thompson, while the same competition (handicaps 28-36) on the second was Elizabeth Underhill.
The previous evening, the ladies held their AGM when a cheque for £1,000 presented by outgoing captain Carol Durston to Nick Naughton from The Samaritans.
During the year, £130.04 had also been raised for Fishermen’s Mission.
Carol said a big thank you not only to those involved with Newton Green’s success in the Haskell, Weston and Cranworth county trophies, but also to all the club’s lady trophy winners for 2013.
Thurgate said her chosen charity will be Canine Partners.
n As part of the national Get Into Golf initiative, a number of beginner group sessions are to be staged at Newton Green Golf Club.
Professional, Tim Cooper, will be running the following four-week courses. Ladies: Saturday, March 9, 9-10am. Mixed: Saturday, May 4, 4-5pm. Juniors/young adults: Saturday, June 9, 9-10am.