Melton Golf Club’s new captains drove off on Sunday to mark the start of their respective years in office.
A crowd of around 100 members surrounded the first tee as Karen Middleton hit her first drive as lady captain 168 yards straight down the middle of the fairway.
But new club captain Brendan Boyce topped his ball and drove it 31 yards to much good-humoured barracking.
The 2015 vice-captains Jack Inguanta and Elizabeth Snow laser-measured the drives helped by club professional Dan Bailey.
Back in the clubhouse, president Owen Cook thanked outgoing club captain John Squires and lady captain Dorothy Jaggers for their hard work, and also welcomed the 2015 junior captain Ed Thompson.
Captains’ photographs were exchanged and hung by Owen and the club’s lady president Drina Terzza before Brendan and Karen announced their chosen charities: the Alzheimer Society and Dove Cottage.
Brendan said: “I’m thrilled to be the captain of a club where the members have worked together so successfully to turn around its fortunes.
“We can all feel very proud of what we have achieved in the last 12 months with a course in the best condition it has ever been, and with a real buzz in the clubhouse we can look forward to a great year.”
* Round five of the Autumn Trophy was well attended and used a shotgun start. Pete Poolan, Andy Westwood, Mark Gamble and James Daulby won from runners-up Steve Goddard, Mezz Watchorn, Dick Chapman and Al Terzza.
Dave Poolan, Matt Thompson, Steve Riley and Cliff Daulby were third, and Billy Kevan won the nearest the pin prize.
* The course stood up well to heavy overnight rain before Saturday’s fourball Texas scramble.
Matt and Ray Catton, along with David Haylock and Gary Kitchen, won with nett 58, just 1.1 shots clear of Andrew and Josh Blunt with Gerry Stephens and Eddie Cham. John Harvey, John Burgess, Simon Palmer and Chris Shardlow were third.
* The Monday morning minglers have seen different couples in the mix as the winter-long series hots up.
Geoff and Liz Clark narrowly won the January 19 round with nett 36.2 from runners-up Terry and Julia Brown (nett 36.4), and third-placed Denis Dayman and Alison Gatward (nett 36.8).
The best combined fourball was John Squires, Bettyne Norton, Geoff and Liz Clark with nett 78.2.
Last Monday’s round saw senior captain Haydn Snow and new lady vice-captain Liz Snow take top spot with nett 30.2.
Second place went to Geoff and Liz Clark (nett 36.2), and third place was shared between the pairs Bob Luke and Chris Cook, and Karen and Steve Middleton, both with nett 37.4
The best fourball was John Squires and Bettyne Norton with Haydn and Liz Snow (nett 73.2).