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Dinner date for captains

THE Society of Manchester and District Golf Captains got together for their annual dinner at The Mere Resort this month.

The society, which was founded in 1955, enjoys a busy programme of competitions and matches against other captains’ societies and the hard work put in by their industrious officials was recognised by an excellent attendance at the event.

The principal and distinguished guests were Nigel Evans OBE, the president of England Golf, and Gavin Caldwell, captain of the R&A. Tony McMunn, the president of Lancashire Golf Union, brought along the English Counties Champions Trophy won by the Red Rose this year and which was first won in 1926 by Cheshire at Formby.

Caldwell proposed a toast to the society giving an entertaining and enlightening insight into his career and the work being done by the R&A for the benefit of golfers. Society captain Tony Draper (Chorlton) replied and covered all of the results and work done by members of the organisation and announced that he would be succeeded in 2016 by Brian Ashfield (Chapel-en-le Frith).

The evening was concluded by Paul Mahoney, a sports journalist with The Independent who told stories of his work in meeting some of the game’s legends.

Pictured at The Mere (from left) are: Nigel Evans OBE, Gavin Caldwell, Tony Draper and Paul Mahoney.