Honour for new captain

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IT’S a milestone year for Lytham Green Drive golfer Graham Ashton and for the club he represents.

He is taking over as club captain in Green Drive’s centenary year.

Several events are planned to mark the 100 years, the highlight coming on the official centenary day, May 3.

There will be a match between the current Green Drive professional Simon Williamson and his predecessor Andrew Lancaster, who is now based at Fairhaven.

They will be decked out in garb that is 100 years old - Graham and the new ladies’ captain Ros Smitham will follow suit, as will any other members keen to get into the spirit of such a landmark occasion. A centenary plaque will be unveiled on the day. Graham, a 13-handicapper who works as a self-employed plumber, said: “The club has been thinking of using hickory clubs for the match, but we have been worried that they may snap!”

Graham’s elevation to the captaincy follows a long standing association with Green Drive.

He said: “My dad was a member and I used to down to the course with him in the 70s.

“I have been a member for 18 years, and I am very honoured to be asked to represent the club as captain - it is something that I never thought would happen to me.

“Green Drive is the type of club that wants it gets into your blood, it stays there. The course has had a little bit of a reputation for being damp, but recently it has come on in leaps and bounds.”

Graham has not yet finally decided on his chosen cause for the coming year, though he is edging towards a breast cancer charity. He will have his captain’s drive-in on April 6. Ros Smitham’s drive-in has already taken place to mark elevation to office.