Stalwarts tee-up new roles as captains

THE NEW captains of Kibworth Golf Club have driven themselves into office.

Malcolm Davies, Alison Picken and teenager Emily Blount were supported by around 200 fellow club members and friends.

Their ceremonial tee shots achieved a total distance of almost 600 yards. This was the basis for a fundraising competition, which raised 200 for their nominated charity for the year – the East Midlands Pacemaker Fund.

This was boosted further by a highly successful raffle, bringing the total raised to 600.

A member of the club for 22 years, Malcolm Davies has taken over from Mike Abrahams.

Alison Picken, who succeeded Pat Darke, has also been a member of Kibworth GC for many years. She was chairman of Tennis Leicestershire for the past three years and was the county's representative on the LTA council for 16 years until last December.

For more than 20 years she has been involved with tennis nationally and locally, but is now able to devote more time to golf after successful operations on both her knees.

Last season Emily Blount, who is 15, became the youngest ever winner of the club's women's championship. She took over from Jack Dunkley as junior captain.

Andrew Rastrick, a former county second team captain, Suzy Clampin and Harry Durham, are the new vice-captains.

*Kym Larratt of Kibworth GC competes today (Thursday) in her first big tournament since gaining her Ladies' European Tour card at the end of last year.

She is playing in the Pegasus New Zealand Women's Open Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand, for which she received an invitation to take part.

For all seven LET qualifying school rounds her father, Bob (Kibworth), a European Seniors Tour professional, caddied for her in Spain. At the end of this tough test, she finished 23rd tied and received and received card 25 for the 2010 LET campaign.

Kym, her parents Bob and Judith, spent some time in Auckland to work preparing for the start of this top championship in Christchurch.

*Bryn Morris (Kibworth) shot level par 70 in the county golf Alliance meeting at Birstall GC.

He finished runner-up in the pro medal, one stroke behind Craig Shave (Whetstone), who fired four birdies in his 1-under-par-69 return.

Clive Fromant (Clive Fromant Golf Academy) on 73 was third.

Morris and Kibworth amateur Terry White, with 40 points, won the pro/am prize, with another Kibworth amateur Steve Taylor and Mick Brookes (Glen Gorse), on 39 points, taking the am/am section award.

But overall winners were amateurs Jamie Voss (Western Park) and John Berry (Longcliffe) with 42 points, one clear of two chasing pairs.

Shave and Mick Jordan (Cosby) were runners-up on Alliance rule from another pro David Mee (Longcliffe) and his

amateur partner Bill Walker of his home club, third.

Cosby amateurs Keith Akiens and Mick Treacy with 40 points finished in fourth place.

Shave, a former Lutterworth GC

professional, shot level par 71 a few

hours earlier to take fourth in the pro medal of a PGA Midland winter series pro/am over the PGA National course at The Belfry.