A game of two blazers
The Captain’s Farewell dinner was the last event for Captain ‘Nod’ Forder.
There was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse for the dinner with an air of anticipation for the hand over to our 2019 Captain and his announcement of his successor.
2019 Lady Captain (Linda Green) read out a short message on behalf of recently retired 2018 Lady Captain , Fit Richards, who was not able to make the dinner. Fil thanked everyone for their support over the year and was only sorry her various ailments stopped her from playing as much golf as she would have liked. She wished the new team every success for 2019.
Mr Captain gave his summary of his year and echoed Fil’s words of thanks for everyone’s support throughout the year. He specifically mentioned the importance of volunteers to the working of the club including the directors who were also volunteers working for the benefit of members.
As his final official act, ‘Nod’ (after first dropping it on the floor!), helped incoming 2019 Captain Neil Flynn into his pristine Captain’s blazer. Neil was supported by his many friends and family with a special guest of honour – his mum Elsie.
Neil gave a very moving speech about his background and achievements throughout his life including military service for the Queen at Horseguards parade, but also as a tank commander on active service, service in the arctic and also representing the UK against the USA in this year’s Simpson Cup in the USA. However he said that being Cavendish Captain was a very special honour for him and he would do his best to serve the club with distinction.
Neil announced that his charity would be the On Course Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping injured servicemen and women back into the community through golf. He mentioned a particular story of a 23 year soldier who was suffering from the dreadful effects of PTSD, which Neil witnessed at first hand and how playing golf has started the healing process for that ex soldier. Neil is totally committed to raising money in support of this excellent cause and asks for members to help him throughout the year.
Neil concluded his speech with the announcement of his Captain Elect – and so Captain for 2020.
In a beautifully timed entrance Mike Higgins and Max Chewen arrived as surprise additions to the party straight from their holiday in Portugal. Then to unanimous approval and rousing cheers, Neil confirmed that Greens Chairman Mike Higgins (44 years a member and distinguished golfer who played in The Open in Troon in 1982) was to be his successor.
Mike made a speech confirming his love for Cavendish and was pleased to follow in the footsteps of his father Peter and mother Gwenda who were both past Captains.
As Mike finished, Mr Captain had another surprise – this time for Mike himself.
With a live video link to Miami, Florida, Mike was congratulated by his Mum, Dad and all his relatives in the USA – and so not a dry eye in the house after that!
After the speeches Pat Campbell presented ‘Nod’ with a beautiful framed montage of photos from his special year and then our new 2019 Captain invited everyone for a glass of bubbly in the lounge where the party spirit continued for several hours.
And finally … with thanks to Pat Campbell for the great images.