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
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.
The old relates to last season with the club’s annual prize presentation seeing all the stars of the year receive their trophies.
Chief among them was new club champion, 14-year-old Reis Stuart.
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.
Stuart has had an incredible year, both on WGC’s course and further afield, culminating in qualifying for the final of the Faldo Series.
That will see him jet off to Dubai with his father.
But he could soon be facing a big challenger who his even younger.
Louie Bloxham, 10, swept the board in the junior section to become the youngest player to win the Junior Club Championship.
Elsewhere the Ladies Scratch Champion is Kelly Hutcherson, with Alison Leake winning the Reiss Trophy and Cuneen Putter.
Hutcherson was also on half of the County Ladies Powell Cup winners, along with Esther Strous.
But if that was looking back, the traditional drive-in for the two new captains was looking to the future.
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.