Over the last couple of weeks, Crow Nest GC has been celebrating a Captain’s Day with a difference.
Honouring captain Mike Greenberry’s roots, the course and clubhouse were converted to a small piece of Devon for the weekend.
Out on the course, there were hay bails and a cider tent between the fifth and sixth holes, while Ruth Wilson, in her Ice Cream cart complete with Greensleeves theme music, kept the competitors cool delivering some fine ice cream.
Back in the clubhouse, Devon flags and scarecrows adorned the entire place with more hay bails marking out the dance floor for the evening’s activities.
On the course, the ladies played the week before with Van Whitehill triumphant. Van’s delight was clear to be heard in her winners’ speech in which she thanked the Captain for his efforts, the greenkeepers for their hard work on keeping the course in such excellent condition and stated that she hoped that one day it would be a major competition for the ladies.
During the same week, the Academy course was in full flow and goes from strength to strength.
The brainchild of Mike Greenberry and course manager Rob Gee, it attracted many of our younger junior golfers and their parents, with the course seeing its first hole in one, struck by Natalie Morrison.
In the Captain’s Academy Competition, Dylan Shaw-Radford was victorious.
On the Friday of that week and in its third year, the Captain’s Salver competition for five and six-day members attracted its largest field yet with Bernard Collins narrowly taking the trophy from Nigel Wood
On Captain’s Day, the weather was almost perfect and the greens in fantastic condition – reflected in some low scores from the early competitors.
However, it came down to a pair of single-figure golfers out on the course in the late afternoon. Only a countback could separate them, each with scores of net 65 and Robin Webster came out on top with Nathan Scott in second place.
Robin delivered his speech to a packed Sir Titus Salt suite, reiterating Van’s thoughts on the course and organisation of the days, with a special mention to club professional, Paul Everitt, for getting Robin back on track after nine years away from golf.
The winners at last Saturday’s Captain’s Day for Mike Greenberry at Crow Nest Golf Club were as follows:
n Academy course – Nearest pin: Jamie Hereford, 3rd: Jack Clayborough, 2nd: George Langley Webb, Winner: Dylan Shaw-Radford
n Juniors – Runner-up: Harry Mowl, Winner: James Edwards.
n 5/6day members – Nearest pin: Bernard Collins, Longest drive: Mark Rogerson, 3rd: Bernard Collins, 2nd: Nigel Wood, Winner: Eric Smith.
n Ladies – Nearest pin: Van: Whitehill, Straightest drive Carole Hampson, 3rd: Gwyn Greenberry (Lady vice Captain), 2nd: Diane Higgins (Lady Captain), Winner: Van Whitehill.
n Men – Nearest pin and longest drive: Ben Adamson, 3rd: Dean Wright, 2nd: Nathan Scott (Best Gross), Winner: Robin Webster.