OAKE Manor's four new captains - Mike How (club captain), Ros Shepherd (ladies captain), Colin Shepherd (seniors captain) and Ben Thompson (juniors captain) - all nervously drove off the first tee in turn to cheers and jeers from the watching crowd to kick off the Captain's Drive-In competition.

The weather started nicely but turned into a cold wet windy day as more than 80 golfers battled the elements.

The winners were Dave Hill and former ladies captain Patricia Frazer with 38 points.

John Lowe and Jack Malden were second also with 38 but losing on countback and Greg Scribbins and Kathryn Loader were third with 37 points.

Elsewhere, the team of Simon Rudd, Colin Dyke and Steve Barham won the Bowmaker Competition for the Absent Friends Trophy with an excellent score of 82 points.

Alan Samuel, John Coleman and Chris Rudd were second with 80 and Mike Amos, Neil Watson and Ian Shapter were third with 79.

Jeff Copp won the Seniors Monday Stableford Division 1 with 32 points, beating seniors captain Colin Shepherd on countback.

Phill Gadd was third with 31 and Colin Taylor fourth also with 31.

Bob Trott won Division 2 with 32 points, Malcom Holmes was second with 31, Rodney Smith was third also with 31 and Gordon Gosney was fourth with 30.

Nancy Marshall was the clear winner of the Ladies Tuesday Medal competition scoring a nett 76.

Lena Holland came second with 79, Jane Clist was third with 80 and Kathy Salway fourth with 81.

Brenda Taylor won Division 2 with nett 78, Ladies Captain Ros Shepherd was second with 79, Di Darlow was third with 82 and Sheila Grant fourth with 84.

In the Friday Men’s Stableford Competition, Jack Malden won Division 1 with 40 points, Andrew Ford was second with 39 and Michael Bright was third with 33.

Alan Clydesdale won Division 2 with 36 points, Nick Putt was second with 27 and Andrew Salisbury was third also with 27.


THE Captain’s Drive-in took place at Taunton & Pickeridge in bright sunshine on Saturday when there was a double shotgun - 72 players at 8am and 80 players at 1pm followed by a celebration.

The winners of the Captain’s Drive In Texas Scramble were Pete Scarratt, Roy Miller, Daryl Pengelly and Martin Short with 51.4.

Second place was claimed by Rob Darvell, Marion Mittermaier, Jeff Dyke and Nick Larcombe with 51.6, while third spot went to Andy Rhodes, Keith Wiggins, Bernadette Hatcher and Simon Stevenson with 51.6.

On Tuesday, the T&P Ladies played in the Captain’s Foursomes Medal, at the end of which it was Katie Guest and Shirley Portis, with nett 75.5, who were the winners.

Heather Crump and Jackie Pike came second with 77.5 on countback from third-placed Berni Hatcher and Jan Hill, who returned with the same score.

The top three pairs plus the next best five of Georgia Richards and Anne George, Lyn Gridley and Terina Parker, Katy Davies and Patsy Morgan, Margaret Blackaller and Jill Paul, Theresa Dowsett and Liz Reeve have qualified for the knock-out matchpay competition.

The winners will receive the Ladies’ Captain’s Foursomes Salver.

Twos were scored during the round by Heather Crump and Jackie Pike (2), and Katy Davies and Patsy Morgan.


IN the Seniors Winter League at Vivary Golf Club, Steve Baker and John Fisher set off at a gallop last October and were never headed.

Their sensational opening round of 52 in the pairs betterball competition cast a long shadow through the winter and they came home winners in March with an overall score of 421 points, comfortably in front of Colin Woodford and Mike Gough on 412.

Rod Hobson and Gwynne Ward came third with 407.

Mike Gough continued his success in the St. David’s Stableford and the March Medal.

He won the St. David’s with a well compiled 44 points, four in front of Dave Channon on 40 with Brian Thomas and Keith Parker both one further back on 39.

Thomas placed third with a better back nine.

The Medal was more closely fought out and Gough with a 63 just edged out Brian Thomas on 64, with Pete Jeffery coming third on 67.

Thomas, however, had his reward in the St. Patrick’s Stableford where his 43 was four ahead of Pete Jeffery who placed second.

Chris Stone and Steve Baker scored 37 each but Stone came third on count back.

The much enjoyed three-man Texas Scramble gave the team of John Troke, Dave Hinton and Brian Thomas a healthy victory coming home with net 46.7.

Placed second with net 50 were Colin Woodford, Steve Baker and Phil Nicholls who had a better back nine than Pete Jeffery, Graham Morris and Gwynne Ward.