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A distant ‘thwack’ broke the eerie silence of a cold, mist-shrouded November evening as a mini-moon, in the shape of an illuminated golf ball soared accurately and at speed over the first fairway at Queen’s Park Golf Club, followed by a muffled cry of jubilation. The Bournemouth North Rotary Club’s Annual Charity ‘Golf in the Dark’ competition was under way and out of the all-encompassing gloom seven teams emerged to tackle the challenging 5-hole course ahead of them. Many a groan and worse could be heard as some balls, failing to reach their targets crashed like spent rockets into the trees and bushes. Torches flashed and bushes were thrashed as many helpful souls attempted to find the misdirected golf balls. However, one team of past-winners overcame the frustrations and held their nerve to win this enormously enjoyable competition for the second time.
Only one injury was sustained during the course of the evening, and that was to the pride of the club’s Health and Safety officer Trevor Clements who, having warned all players about the locations and depth of the ditches surrounding the course fell into one, much to the barely concealed mirth of all the Rotary stewards who witnessed the scene.
The Dawn’s Lawns team of four gifted, ‘can’t-see-a-thing’ players won the event with a score of 24 points. The photograph shows Dawn and Ray Gascodine, Don Hudswell and Dave Schofield being presented with the winner’s trophies by Sue Slade of the Bournemouth North Rotary Club.
Midnight Hackers team of Martin Brewer, Mike Head, Danny Dear and Anthony Brewster were runners-up with a score of 20 points.
The third placed team was Boscombe and Southbourne Rotary Club team comprising Tony Francis, P Goodhead, M Freeth and D Driver who finished on 19 points.
The prize for ‘nearest-the-hole’ was won by Anthony Brewster of Midnight Hackers.
The event, which included a warming and beautifully prepared meal raised over £200 for the local Women’s Refuge, a branch of the Bournemouth Church Housing Association (BCHA) which provides help and support to local women and children who find themselves in desperate situations due to domestic violence, drug addiction and other issues. (SM)