Out with the old and in with the new as Welwyn Garden City Golf Club honour champs and welcome incoming skippers

PUBLISHED: 10:58 06 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:58 06 December 2018

Sammy McShane and Jill Callender, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club's new captains.

Sammy McShane and Jill Callender, Welwyn Garden City Golf Club's new captains.

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It’s been a busy time of things down at Welwyn Garden City Golf Club with the old and the new being recognised and celebrated.

Reis Stuart was crowned champion of Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.Reis Stuart was crowned champion of Welwyn Garden City Golf Club.

The old relates to last season with the club’s annual prize presentation seeing all the stars of the year receive their trophies.

Louie Bloxham was crowned Welwyn Garden City Golf Club's junior club champion.Louie Bloxham was crowned Welwyn Garden City Golf Club's junior club champion.

Chief among them was new club champion, 14-year-old Reis Stuart.

Kelly Hutcherson won Welwyn Garden City Golf Club's Scratch CupKelly Hutcherson won Welwyn Garden City Golf Club's Scratch Cup

He is the youngest winner of the trophy and will go on to represent the Mannicotts-based golf club in their star tournament, the Commemoration Jug.

Kelly Hutcherson and Esther Strous of Welwyn Garden City Golf Club won the County Ladies Powell Cup.Kelly Hutcherson and Esther Strous of Welwyn Garden City Golf Club won the County Ladies Powell Cup.

Stuart has had an incredible year, both on WGC’s course and further afield, culminating in qualifying for the final of the Faldo Series.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

That will see him jet off to Dubai with his father.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

But he could soon be facing a big challenger who his even younger.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

Louie Bloxham, 10, swept the board in the junior section to become the youngest player to win the Junior Club Championship.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

Elsewhere the Ladies Scratch Champion is Kelly Hutcherson, with Alison Leake winning the Reiss Trophy and Cuneen Putter.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

Hutcherson was also on half of the County Ladies Powell Cup winners, along with Esther Strous.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

But if that was looking back, the traditional drive-in for the two new captains was looking to the future.

Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.Welwyn Garden City Golf Club held their presentation dinner and new captain drive-ins.

The celebration event started with the putting out of the outgoing skippers, John Malone and Julie Lovell.

They have been succeeded by Sammy McShane and Jill Callender in traditional fashion, who used a wooden club dating back to around the time the club was formed in 1923.

McShane was first up and with a packed gallery watching on, he hit his drive 126 yards down the fairway.

Callender’s took place a few days later but again there were plenty watching as she reached 111 yards with her effort.

The two events started the year of fund-raising for both captains’ chosen charities.

McShane’s is Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund while Callender is supporting the Friends of Danesbury & QVM Hospital, based in Old Welwyn.

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