New captains take up their positions as Belvedere club welcomes in 2014

Back row: Doug Turner (outgoing captain), Barry White (incoming captain), Dean Thompson (vice captain). Front row: Pat Neal (outgoing lady captain), Jenny West (incoming lady captain), Viv Stevenson (lady vice captain)

Back row: Doug Turner (outgoing captain), Barry White (incoming captain), Dean Thompson (vice captain). Front row: Pat Neal (outgoing lady captain), Jenny West (incoming lady captain), Viv Stevenson (lady vice captain)

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It was a hectic time over the Christmas and New Year period at Bridlington Golf Club, both on and off the course.

The annual carol service followed the popular Christmas draw and one of the highlights over the festive period at the club was the visit of Santa Claus to over 50 children who were enjoying the club’s popular children’s Christmas party.

Santa arrived at the clubhouse on a golf buggy and he delivered every child a special present.

Following all the Christmas festivities, attention switched to one of the most important days of the golfing calendar, New Year’s Day when the new captains come into office.

Hundreds of members and guests swarmed to the club on January 1 to watch the traditional captain’s drive-in.

Last year the incoming captains turned up dressed as the Tellytubbies but this year the incoming captains Barry White and Jenny West entertained the crowds in the clubhouse with a performance of the waltz.

Following the elegance of their dance, they both ventured outdoors to brave the miserable rain and wind to hit their much anticipated tee shots, and both hit reasonable shots in the very difficult conditions.

Returning to the warmth of the packed clubhouse, members enjoyed a number of speeches which saw the outgoing captains Doug Turner and Pat Neal receiving thanks for all their efforts throughout 2013.

The 2014 captains were officially welcomed into their new positions and they were both presented their respective captain’s brooch and tie.

Dean Thompson and Viv Stevenson were also introduced to the members as the new captain-elects.

It looks set to be another busy year at Bridlington Golf Club and all involved hope the weather will as good as that experienced in 2013.