Burghley Park Golf Club’s annual captain’s dinner turned out to be a hugely enjoyable occasion thanks to outstanding after-dinner speaker Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan.
Awarded an MBE in 2004 for his services to entertainment, Bevan is one of the most popular speakers on the circuit, drawing from his wide experience of sport and stand-up comedy.
He is currently president of Kent County Cricket Club, and entertains audiences all over the world with his unique brand of comedy.
His skill at picking up on things happening in the room around him was impressive, although Alan Cole probably wished that his chair hadn’t collapsed part way through Bevan’s turn!
And club captain Richard Gilbert, who hosted the evening, probably regretted some of the things he’d said over dinner.
The club captain said: “Bob kept everyone in stitches for the best part of an hour.
“The performance will go down in Burghley folklore, and helped create a terrific atmosphere throughout the evening.”
In his speech, Gilbert thanked everyone for helping to make his year so enjoyable, and paid tribute to the contributions which so many people had made to the club in the past year.
He particularly thanked the new professional, Mark Jackson, head greenkeeper David Salisbury, chairs of committees (David Jackson, Julie Emmins, Keith Duff and Paul Woods), and the A and B team captains, Mark Yarham and Andy Carr, all of whom received gifts of appreciation.
l Round 2 of the Men’s Winter League has now been completed, and patterns are already beginning to emerge. Only two teams still have 100 per cent records, Richard Vaughan and George Beadle in League A, and brothers Jordan Mayman and Adam Mayman (both still Juniors) in League C.
Vaughan and Beadle played solidly to secure a 4&3 win over Mike Barton and Chris Quinn, whilst the Mayman brothers beat David Jackson and Javan Argent (who regularly make the knockout stages of the competition) by the same score.
Two matches were halved in League A in this round, with the only other winners being Stewart Ward and Jon Tyrrell, who had a big 5&4 win over Simon Tee and Clive Knox.
As a result of all this, Vaughan and Beadle lead with six points, ahead of last winter’s runners-up Stuart Blessett and Martin Ash, and Doug Hunter and David Shales, both on four points.
League B is tight at the top, with three teams having four points.
Juniors Dean Vaughan and Lewin Auciello are at the top of the table on holes won, after recording a thumping 6&5 win over Chris Townsend and Alan Cole.
Bernie Clarke and Craig Neal are a close second, having beaten Graham Camp and Steve Hopkins 5&3, with Dave Tilley and Graham Bedford in third after securing a 3&1 win over Dave Millichip and Alex Cole.
Jordan and Adam Mayman’s six points give them a two-point lead in League C over Mark Yarham and Doug Watterson, and Barrie Dawson and James Bust.
Yarham and Watterson had a big win (6&5) over Chris Lees and Bob Chapman, whilst Dawson and Bust saw off Bob Emmins and Chris Bradshaw 4&3.
Three teams still have to break their duck in this league.
League D is the tightest at present, with four teams all having four points.
First place is shared by Dave Marsden and Gary Harrison, and Keith Duff and Phil Hunt, with Bill O’Driscoll and Terry Austin in 3rd, and Paul Ramm and Richard Allen in fourth.
Marsden and Harrison overcame Rob Fisher and Garry Steadman 3&2, with Duff and Hunt beating Dave Gibson and Peter Barnes by the same score.
O’Driscoll and Austin halved with Ramm and Allen, whilst the captain/vice-captain pairing of Richard Gilbert and Richard Cook saw off last year’s overall winners John Mayman and Paul Wilkinson 3&2.
If the title is to be retained, the holders need to hit a hot winning streak very quickly.
One more round is scheduled before the Christmas break, after which favourites may start to appear.