Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Golf professional marks 25 years at club with fun game

HENLEY Golf Club’s resident professional has celebrated 25 years of service.

HENLEY Golf Club’s resident professional has celebrated 25 years of service.

Mark Howell, of School Lane, Wargrave, marked the occasion by hosting a Texas Scramble tournament at the club.

Eighty-eight members playing in teams of four took part. There were fun and silly rules at each hole, including one where players had to drive with a tennis racquet and another where they teed off from paper cups. On one occasion, they had to take every other shot by picking the ball up and throwing it.

The winning team, who scored 59.6 points, consisted of David Griffin, Alan Wilson, Ian Heggie and Rob Elleby.

Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a fry-up brunch at the clubhouse off Harpsden Way and Mr Howell was presented with a personalised Reading FC shirt as he is a Royals supporter.

He said: “The best thing for me has been watching the golfers arrive and seeing their expressions of hopefulness that they will have the perfect round. Golf is such a difficult game and being there to help them, whether they’re adults or children, has been a real pleasure.”

Club captain Tom Campbell said: “Mark has been so supportive over the years and his contribution to the club cannot be faulted.

“We are so proud to have him as our professional â?? he is held in very high esteem not only by us but many of his fellow professionals.”

Green staff Andrew Goodall and Dave Parrish were also congratulated for completing 34 and 25 years’ service respectively.

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