Tom and Diana are the new captains at Lewes Golf Club

Tom Drysdale and Diana Higson
Tom Drysdale and Diana Higson

Tom Drysdale is the new captain of Lewes Golf Club.

The Uckfield-based architect, who has been a member at Lewes for 24 years, ‘drove in’ with new Ladies’ Captain Diana Higson in the traditional opening to their official year on Sunday.

Tom said: “It’s a great privilege, and I’m looking forward to an exciting year for Lewes Golf Club.”

In the Drive-In competition which followed, Tom and Diana obligingly came 32nd of the 32 pairs who took part, with 23 points.

Incoming vice captains John Clark and Maggie Neve followed their example by coming 31st with 24!

At the other end of the field, Tony Grainger and Robert James won the event with a better-ball score of 40 points.

Tom Drysdale

Second home, a point behind, were Ashleigh Oliver and Theo Whiting. Jon Williams and Felix Oliver beat Dick Stay and Keith Newman for third place on countback after both pairs had returned scores of 38.

Weather conditions were much gentler on Sunday than they had been the previous day for the Winter Eclectic.

Of the 29 brave souls who ventured out, only 16 managed to complete their scorecards; and, for those that did, their points totals largely reflected the wild conditions.

So for Ronan Hegarty to put together a score of 34 points on the day was quite remarkable and, unsurprisingly, it earned him the winning prize. Graham White trailed in with 25 points for second place, and Tim Evans came third with 24, but both were a full ten points clear of anyone else who managed to complete the course - all of whom deserved a medal just for getting round.

* For his Captain’s charity this year Tom is raising funds for CRASH, a group which works with the construction and property industry to improve provision for homeless people.