Welwyn Garden City Golf Club welcome new captains at traditional drive-ins

PUBLISHED: 07:43 21 November 2015

Mens captain Tony Smith, lady captain Carol Pomroy

Mens captain Tony Smith, lady captain Carol Pomroy


Members of Welwyn Garden City Golf Club have welcomed their new club captain Tony Smith and ladies’ captain Carol Pomroy with the traditional drive-in on the first tee.

Stepping onto the tee with a wooden club dating back to when the club was formed in 1923, Smith’s drive-in was watched by many family, friends and members of the golf club, including immediate past captain Ian Harpur and Smith’s vice captain, Doug Barson.

Despite the usual pressure of playing in front of a large crowd, Smith hit his drive 149 yards straight down the middle of the fairway.

Pomroy had the majority of the ladies’ section, including her vice captain Esther Strous, watching her and also managed to hit a straight drive 91 yards into a strong head wind.

It was announced that the winner of predictions where Smith’s drive would finish was Stuart Edwards and the winner of Pomroy’s drive was Laurie Partner.

The competitions raised £656 for the new captains’ joint charity for the year, ADD-vance, a local registered charity set up in Hertfordshire in 1996 to support and empower adults, children and families with Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions in Hertfordshire, helped by Edwards donating his winner’s share of the money back to the charity.

Harpur and previous ladies’ skipper Stella Lupson ended their year of captaincy with a bang at the fantastic firework display held at the club.

This was the second year that the club had held a fireworks display and in spite of the weather this year’s display was even better than the last.

The event was enjoyed by 300 members, family and friends, and was a fitting end to what had been a great year for both captains.

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