New captains ushered in at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 15:46 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:47 15 November 2016

Welwyn Garden City Golf club 2017 ladies captain Esther Strous and mens captain Doug Barson.

Welwyn Garden City Golf club 2017 ladies captain Esther Strous and mens captain Doug Barson.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club have welcomed new men's and ladies' club captains Doug Barson and Esther Strous in traditional fashion.

Their year-long term commenced with the drive-in, stepping onto the first tee with a wooden club dating back to around the time the club was formed in 1923.

Barson’s drive-in was watched by many family, friends and members of the golf club, including immediate past captain Tony Smith and the new men’s skipper’s vice-captain John Malone.

Despite the unusual pressure of playing in front of a large crowd, Barson hit his first drive 160 yards straight down the middle of the fairway.

One of those attending the drive-in was David Duke, club captain 50 years ago and now a life member.

There hasn’t been many times when a past captain has watched the new captain start his year 50 years after his own tenure started in the same fashion.

Strous had the majority of the ladies’ section, including her vice-captain Julie Lovell, watching her drive-in and also managed to hit a straight drive of 164 yards.

It was announced at the drive-in lunch that the winner of guessing where Barson’s drive would finish was Colin Whatmough.

The winner of Strous’ drive was Helen Tovey.

The competitions started the fund-raising for Barson and Strous’ charities for the year.

Barson is raising money for Dreams Come True – a national charity that enriches the lives of terminally ill children – while Strous’ chosen charity is the Golf Trust.

Barson and Strous thanked everyone for joining them at their drive-ins and they look forward to an busy and happy year, with many events being planned to raise further money for their charities.

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