New captains at Lewes GC defy brutal winds for traditional drive-in

Ian Newman and Claudine Lower
Ian Newman and Claudine Lower

Ian Newman and Claudine Lower defied brutal winds to find the middle of the fairway on Sunday morning for the traditional drive-in to launch their year as Men’s and Ladies’ Captains respectively of Lewes Golf Club.

But it was their new vice captains who stole the glory in the Drive-In Competition which followed immediately afterwards.

Playing as a pair in the four-ball better-ball contest, Tom Drysdale and Diana Mitchell amassed 40 points despite the challenging conditions to take the first prize.

Second were Simon Arlett and Richard Baker with 39 points, the same score as Alan Burrows and Ellen Dunne, who were placed third on countback.

Lewes Men’s team are through to the second round of the Mail on Sunday Classic after a narrow 3-2 victory over Mid Sussex in a re-scheduled first round tie played in similarly tough conditions.

The points were earned by wins from Andy Webber and Andrew Fuller and halves from Henry Hilton and Tom Richardson. Only Jon Wood failed to score: he lost his match at the final hole.

AJ Boyse carried off this year’s Dinner Bowl, an open competition for those attending the Club’s annual dinner, the week before. Terry Ferber was second and Tom Hilton third.

In the Winter Eclectic, played in much gentler weather on Saturday, Jon Wood topped the leader board with 42 points. Don Ford finished second with 40 and Toby Fricker took third on countback with 39.

In the previous round, Alan Burrows had come first with 40, followed by Keith Newman, second, and Jon Abbott, third, both on 39.

Rosemary Wadsworth won the Ladies Stableford, six points clear of her nearest rival.