Venerables Captains Day 2022

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Captains Day

On a scorchio day with the temperature nudging past 30, 34 Ven's set out to compete for the Soanes Trophy and a plethora of other prizes .A few of our older, and some not so older members were visibly flagging towards the end of their rounds, but fortunately all made it home in one piece.


In the conditions, which include a fresh breeze, there were a number of good scores, and one very good score.


After the golf, one or two cold beverages, and some exchanges of what could have been, if only !!!! we were treated to an excellent hot buffet


These events take a considerable amount of time and effort to organize and run, and a few words of appreciation are in order are in order.


Our thanks to Ed for the food, to Cyril, Ken R, Steve K, Steve Board for assisting on the day, to Steve Bonnett for the photos, David Baker for ensuring everyone purchased a raffle ticket, Dave S for sorting this all out on the web, to our skipper Richard for officiating (and promising to never mention yellow 24 again) to all the Ven's that supported the event, and last but by no means least, to Dave Watts for the splendid job in organising the day.

Out on the course
The gathering after golf
The Buffet
The presentation
Nearest pin 8th Essex - David Baker
Longest drive 6th Essex - Steve Board
Longest drive 7th Cambs - Steve Truckle
9 holes individual Essex - David Baker
9 holes Individual Cambs - Mick Williams
Hidden pairs - Roger Smith & Kevin Esplin
Richard Gardner presenting 
The Victor Soanes Trophy 2022 to David Baker
The days full results below
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A well supported Venerables Captain’s Day was held on Friday 23 of July.


Conditions were perfect which reflected on some excellent scores. After the competition the Ven’s gathered in the clubhouse and were treated to one of Mrs A’s famous curries.


Captain Steve presented the winners with prizes and David Soanes presented the Victor Soanes Cup to overall winner Martin Lane who came in with an impressive score of 42 stableford points


See the days other winners below:



Captain’s comments 


I would like to thank everyone who took part on the day and a special thanks to Dave Watts and Richard Gardner for their hard work in organising the event.


Your support is very much appreciated.


Steve Board

Captains Day pictures below:

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The results below

 Tony Leigh - Nearest pin 8th Essex                                                   Dave Sephton - Nearest pin in 2 - 4th Cambs

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Mike Phillips - Longest drives on both 6th Essex & 7th Cambs

Ian Taylor - 9 hole individual score Essex

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Martin Lane - 9 hole individual score Cambs

Hidden pairs 1st place Tony Leigh & Martin Lane

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Hidden pairs 2nd place Dave Sephton & Steve Truckle

The Victor Soanes Trophy Winner is Martin Lane

Below David Soanes presenting the trophy to Martin

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43 players set out and even though they endured a couple of short bouts of moisture and ‘wind’ all finished in good spirits, though maybe not all with scores like the leaders in the 40’s or high 30’s.


As ever Mrs A did us proud with one of her sumptuous buffets which gave us sustenance to endure the shouts of jealous derision as the better prizes are claimed during the scrum we call the raffle.


Thanks to Bernard Brown and impresario Dave Watts for organising a splendid event, David Baker and Alan Parkes for extracting ‘fivers’ for an excellent raffle,  and Andrew Wyatt for his phtographic skills.

Overall an enjoyable and well deserved salute to our captain Richard.


Pre Golf

Dave Watts giving out the days instructions

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A little practice before we go

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On the course

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After golf, oh what could have been!

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Food glorious food

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The presentation for the days winners:

Nearest the pin in two – Graham Handscombe

Nearest the pin – Paul Kidman

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Longest drive on the Essex – Colin Edge

Longest drive on the Cambs – Steve Board


Hidden Pairs

1st Place – Ian Desborough & Graham Handscombe

2nd Place – Richard Gardner & Graham Jarman

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9 Hole  Best Stableford Score on the Cambs – Terry Gardner (21 pts)

9 Hole Best Stablesford Score on the Essex –  Paul Kidman (20 pts)

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Overall Winner of the Victor Soanes Trophy with a magnificent score of 41 pts – IAN DESBOROUGH



Finishing off the day with Alan Parkes & David Bakers excellent raffle