No Rest For Mr Captain

Nod leads first MacKenzie Mixed to Bolton

With the memories of the Captain’s weekend away to Hawkstone Park and last week’s Captain’s Day still very vivid, Mr Captain was once again leading the way to Bolton Old Links for the first of three Captain’s Mixed MacKenzie Away Days.

We were concerned that Bolton Old Links might be affected by the awful moorland fires around Winter Hill as it is literally only a very short distance from all the activity and danger. However Dan in the BOLGC proshop kept assuring us that they were not affected and thankfully that was the case.

It was surreal to be playing golf so close to the frantic firefighting efforts seen by all of us on the TV over the past week and yet there we were watching the helicopters drop water and the amazing fire fighting efforts while we played golf and in plain sight!

Our special thanks go to Pat Campbell who once again took some great photos of the whole day.



The Captain’s MacKenzie Mixed Away Days demonstrate the potential for cooperation with all nine clubs in the Cavendish MacKenzie Trail. Yesterday 30 Cavendish members enjoyed a very special course with ultra quick fairways and fast greens – many with false fronts just like the 14th and 5th and Cavendish and great fun to play … unless you didn’t quite get up, then you were further back than when you started! All Cavendish members know the joys of playing MacKenzie-designed greens!

Bolton Old Links Captain sees us all off
We were delighted that BOLGC Captain Steve Hazlitt made a special point of welcoming us to the club and seeing each and every team off, together with hints and tips to play the course. Thank you Steve, we look forward to entertain you and your wife at Cavendish in the near future.

Steve’s Groupies
Steve made a great hit with the Cavendish ladies as can be seen by this great photo!




And the winners were …
A lovely meal was prepared by Julie, Olivia, Evita and others for our return and when the last group came in Mr Captain got straight on with the presentation.  Everything arranged as promised.

The competition was singles stableford, full handicap for both men and ladies.

For the ladies:
Elizabeth Brammeld took first prize with 40 points
Chris Campbell took second prize with 39 points

For the men:
Mr Captain won with 39 points
Captain Elect, Neil Flynn, was second with 38 points

For the rest of the group Lady Vice Captain, Linda Shepherd, drew 4 cards at random and the winners were: Dave Marshall, Julia Rowlands, Brenda Smith and Reece Swain. Each received a bottle of wine.

‘Last but not least’ prize
A final extra-special award was made to the lowest stableford score.
This ‘LAST BUT NOT LEAST’ prize went to Lionel Craufurd-Stuart and he will get to keep this award until the next Captain’s Mixed Away Day which will be at Sitwell Park GC near Rotherham on Tuesday 7 August.
Enjoy it while you can Lionel – you only JUST WON it believe me!


Many thanks to all members who supported this first event and to Mr Captain for providing sweets for everyone and of course Pat Campbell for the brilliant pictures.

Finally make sure you tick off Bolton Old Links on your MacKenzie Trail Record Card.

1 reply
  1. Chris Campbell
    Chris Campbell says:

    It was a fab day & we are looking forward to the next one at Sitwell. Thanks to Mike Watson for all his hard work organising it.


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