THE start of the golfing season for Flamborough Head Golf Club arrived with the gentlemen’s captain’s drive-in watch by a huge crowd of members from all sections of the club.
To a rousing announcement from the club’s PA system Alan Totty, dressed in the manner of a Venice Carnival figure and dubbed Baron Totty of Flamborough for the day, was driven in on a golf buggy past the waiting crowds in front of the club house to the first tee.
With his bottled golf ball orb and ball retriever sceptre, he looked every inch the regal clown. On the first tee much to the applause of his temporary subjects, he hit the first ball of his captaincy straight down the middle of the first fairway.
A remarkable achievement when you consider he was wearing a carnival mask, large wig and cape. Following this the inaugural competition of his year got under way with over 80 members competing in a two division individual stableford competition off full handicap.
Winning the first division (handicaps of 14 and below) was Kenny Miller with 42pts. In second place with 41pts was Dave Kelly and third on 38pts was Alan King but only on count back from Pete Dyson and Steve Brown who both had 38pts.
For the second division (handicaps of 15 and above) Paul Dyson came first with a score of 42pts. In second place rabbit captain Mark Wright with 41pts and third Tom Lambert one point further back.
Sunday was very much a family affair for Alan seen pictured with outgoing with junior captain Kirsty Wright, his granddaughter and her father Mark Wright, the current rabbit captain.
Following Alan’s drive-in it was the turn of the incoming junior captain, Stephen Hirst to drive his first golf ball for his year in office.
Unfortunately, for the young, fit, talented Stephen, he could only manage a weak shot off the tee with his ball coming to rest a long way back from Alan’s.
To see Stephen drive in was his mother Gillian Hirst who as lady captain drove in earlier in the week.
During the competition Alan’s wife Barbara, with the help of Kirsty, provided a magnificent spread of food, hot drinks, and a wee dram, for all players at the halfway house.
After completion of the competition Alan was on hand in the clubhouse to give out his captain’s prizes to those successful golfers and also distribute a huge amount of prizes by way of the raffle.
Alan’s year in office got off to a great start and was enjoyed by all those involved who made his first day so special.