ANDOVER Golf Club seniors got into the Christmas spirit as part of a yearly Texas Scramble event.

The Winchester Road course welcomed 35 festive-filled players from both the Seniors and Ladies earlier this month.

Players, decked out in Christmas attire, were divided up into eight teams of five to play a Texas Scramble format match.

The game is played whereby two team members drive the ball from each tee and then take alternate shots to hole the ball on each of the 10 greens.

They then take turns to try to hole the putt.

The winning team on the day was captained by one of next year’s joint Senior Captain, David Kettell.

He was ably assisted by Gill Frendo, Angie Sargeant, Ray Langdown and Roger Brooks with a nett score of 27.2, two over par gross and with 12.8 handicap.

They won the competition by 1.9 shots.

The ‘wooden spoon’, for eighth place, was decided by the team with the highest gross score of 43.

Ted Bentley, Lorraine Colliss, Colin Saunders, Bob Flaherty and Derek Simm were the ‘winners’ of the wooden spoon and a Christmas pudding.

The golf was followed by an evening meal and fundraising entertainment, led by the outgoing Senior Captain, Bill Savage and one of next year’s captains, David Kettell.

A festive 59 members and their guests sat down to dinner, their appetite sharpened by the afternoon walk in the fresh air.

The dinner was followed by prize giving and an auction held by Mike Bulpitt of the famous ‘Fred Brender Chocolate Father Christmas’.

A generous donation of £55 was made by Martin White, which also went towards the Senior captain’s chosen charity.