Snow hope for new captain on opening round

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New Newton Green Golf Club captain Chris Williams suffered something of a white-out for the orange-themed opening of his term.

Clad in orange at the request of Williams, shivering members watched him send his drive down a snowy first fairway to open his year as captain.

It was the first time in living memory the captain’s day drive-in ceremony had been hit by the white stuff.

Earlier, outgoing captain Dave Levelle used a red ball to putt through half an inch of snow on the 18th green to signify the end of his year in office.

A good number of the entered 80 starters ventured onto the course, although only a few hardy players survived the unpleasant conditions for a social round of golf.

These did not include the new captain, who returned to the clubhouse after a few holes.

The competition proper has been rescheduled for March 24.

Ian Woodhead stepped down from his decade-long role at Newton Green Golf Club having overseen the blossoming of the junior section.

At the annual meeting of the club he was elected as a vice-president, while Chris Williams was named new men’s captain, with Andrew Johnson and Sue Thurgate as vice-captains.

Williams, a paramedic, announced he would be supporting the children’s burns unit at Chelmsford as his chosen charity for his year in office.