A golfing mum and the boss of an oil recycling company have been named as the new Vice Captains elect of the 575-member Leighton Buzzard golf club.
Former Leighton rugby club packman Adrian ‘Ada’ Stephenson will take up the post when current Vice Steve Leng is installed as Club Captain in January.
Angela Samuels will take over from Debbie Pollard-Barns as Ladies Vice Captain when Debbie succeeds Jackie Stimpson as Captain in early November.
Adrian, 49, and life-long pal Steve both took up golf and joined the Leighton club 11 years ago after a ten-year stint in the engine room of Leighton rugby’s third team. They also played cricket for Leighton Foresters (now called the Eggington Foresters) and run the Olde Foresters Golf Society, organising competitions to raise money for charity.
Managing his own oil recycling business, Adrian is father of daughters Jodie, 22, and Naomi, 19, and sons Edward,12, and George, 8, who he is encouraging to take up the sport at which he now plays off a handicap of 10. He is also an elected member of the Leighton clubs’ Management Committee.
His nomination as Vice Captain Elect will be tabled for ratification of the club’s AGM in January.
Angela has been a member of the Leighton club since 1986, and is a former winner of the Ladies Medal Cup. She also plays regularly with husband Richard, son Gavin and daughter Rebecca in club competitions.
Richard, a bank relationship manager and five-handicap golfer, also plays for the club scratch team, while Rebecca plays off a handicap of 10. Scratch golfer Gavin, a former Bedfordshire County champion, turned professional last year and is currently recovering from a shoulder injury.
A charity golf day organised by Leighton club Captain Derek Lindley, raised more than £1,200 for Willen hospice. The event was won by Shin Bateman, Andy Tones and sons Teddy and Nat, with 130 points, three clear of runners-up Manny Barker, Richard Barrow, Philip Spratt-Callaghan and Jamie Stone. Barry Kent, Steve Boud, Stuart Andrew and Mark Vincent were third with 121 pts. Yellow-ball team winners were Colin Dunlop, Mick Cox and Len Neal with 39pts.
Regular lessons with club professional Maurice Campbell paid off for Mark Vincent when he beat Martin Price in the final of Leighton’s Lucking Cup. It was the first major individual trophy win for the 51-year-old design and development engineer since joining the club 18 months ago.
David Robinson beat Simon Goodall to win the Groves Trophy while Lance Lawes and Peter Burgoyne teamed up to beat David Scott and David Jones and be crowned new winners of the Mens’ Foursomes Challenge for the Dennis Jordan Trophy.