Pro pair offer a helping hand off tee

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Stoke-by-Nayland’s annual captain’s day was held over the traditional 27 holes.

Three separate nine-hole Stableford competitions were played, American greensomes, better ball and aggregate, with everyone enjoying the hospitality of the captain and his trolley-dollies as part of the aviation-themed day.

The event started early, with one of the more industrious members, Clive Bentley, confiscating the captain’s golf buggy and turning it into a Spitfire.

The winners of the day were Ian Smith and Ian Benson, with an immense 90 points, scoring a record-equalling 47 points in the aggregate, two ahead of Tim Larvin and Dave Clark with 88 points, closely followed in third place by Paul Lankester and Cyril Williams with 84.

The day also served as a fundraiser for two of Stoke-by-Nayland’s finest, Scott Brace and Miles Collins, who recently turned professional and play on the Jamega and Europro Tours.

The pair offered their services, on suitable payment, to hit an extra tee shot on the third, eighth and most notably the 16th Constable, a short 260-yard par four across a valley, with which they comfortably peppered the flag all day.

Graeme Head benefitted especially well, as he rolled in Miles’ tee shot for an eagle two, winning the nearest-the-pin-in-two prize.

The talented pair were delighted with the response from the members, who raised valuable funds to help kick-start their professional careers, both staying for the evening meal to present the day’s prizes.