Polar bears spotted on Stow golf course

DRIVE-IN: Stowmarket Golf Club manager Geoff Scott tees up the ball for new captain Ron Woodham, a former managing director of Bury St Edmunds-based refrigeration wholesaler, with club members dressed aptly in his honour
DRIVE-IN: Stowmarket Golf Club manager Geoff Scott tees up the ball for new captain Ron Woodham, a former managing director of Bury St Edmunds-based refrigeration wholesaler, with club members dressed aptly in his honour

THE igloo, polar bears and snowstorm which appeared on the first tee at Stowmarket Golf Club’s newly-elected captain and chairman Ron Woodham’s drive-in was more a reflection of his pre-retirement business life as managing director of HRP Ltd, the Bury-based refrigeration wholesaler, than the weather conditions.

Geoff Scott, Stowmarket’s club manager teed up Ron’s ball who, suitably attired in a polar bear skin and, despite menacing growls from a number of surrounding members also dressed as polar bears, hit a 202-metre drive.

The low temperature theme was put together and made by vice captain Dick Taylor and his wife Alison, and kept secret from the captain until he arrived on the tee.

Amazingly, his wife Lynn correctly forecast the distance hit and was presented with a bottle of champagne.

The day was well supported and raised £670 towards Ron’s chosen charity, Motor Neurone Disease.

On Friday, March 30, outgoing club captain James Lewis and ladies past captain Sylvia Pearce presented a cheque for £8,636.92 to the ITP Support Association in Bedfordshire.

This sum was achieved from a number of fund raising activities arranged at Stowmarket Golf Club between November 2010 and March 2012.

ITP stands for Immune Thrombocytopenia.

It is a disorder in which the body’s immune system destroys platelets in the blood.