The first major golf competition of the year has been won at Leighton Buzzard by a member who racked-up a record score using just two old clubs which cost a grant total of £27.
While most amateur golfers invest in modern high-performance irons and woods more “sympathetic” for players of inconsistent abilities, 35-year-old Colin Beesley was gifted an 80-year-old short-shafted “mashie” bought by golfing pal Howard Smith for a fiver, and then forked out another £22 for a 30-year-old Mizuno Pro driver.
He chose to use them in the competition to mark the drive-in for new club Captain Steve Leng where players, who normally carry up to 14 clubs, are restricted to the use of just two clubs and a putter.
And the Open University management team employee beat more than 120 other competitors as he completed the 18-hole stableford event with 39 points – a score three shots lower than par for his handicap and a two point margin over runner-up Jeff Wood. His round included a competition record seven birdies, thanks to a large extent, his red-hot putter.
Colin, who joined Leighton four years ago from the Aspley Guise club, won the £40 first prize, giving him a £13 profit on his old-club investment and his first major competition win at Leighton.
The four-handicap golfer normally plays his golf with a top-of-the-range set of Titleist clubs, but bought the old clubs to use in the winter months.
Explaines Colin: “Winter golf can be something of a lottery due to the conditions, but it’s important to maintain a smooth swing. The old clubs demand a slower swing speed, which is an important discipline. This is my first competition win since joining Leighton...I just wish I’d bought those old clubs earlier.”
The competition was won last year by 72-year-old retired turf accountant Geoff Dimmock who plays several rounds at Leighton Buzzard every week using just four clubs. He beat the field with a 41 point haul, this year finishing fourth on countback from David Embury after both finished with 36 points.
During his year in office, club skipper Steve and Ladies Captain Debbie Pollard-Barns, who also teed-off on Captain‘s Drive-In day with Seniors Captain Terry Wright and Junior Captain Josh Banwell, will be raising money for the Keech Cottage hospice charity