GOLF: 'Tiger' Wood roars in as new North Oxford captain

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NORTH Oxford’s answer to Tiger Woods drove into office as the new men’s captain on Saturday.

Alan Wood, a 17-handicapper, appeared on the tee in a tiger costume, maintaining the North Oxford tradition of wearing fancy dress for the occasion.

Wood, 57, from Kidlington, has been a member for three years. He has worked for Unipart for 26 years and is an ardent Manchester United fan.

His drive into office went 153 yards – not quite in the Tiger Woods class.

The new ladies captain, Fay Luteijn, was escorted to the tee by the lady committee members all wearing Dutch national costume A member for 19 years, the 17-handicapper hit her drive 144 yards. She lives in Abingdon and worked in Oxford University’s psychology department.

The men’s and ladies’ captains have chosen SEE SAW as their charity – one that helps children and their families both before and after a major bereavement.

Connor Hiles, 15, is the new junior captain, having been a member for three years.

He is the most improved junior in the club, having reduced his handicap from 34 to 11 in that time.

A pupil at Gosford Hill School, Kidlington, he drove his ball with effortless ease a full 215 yards.

CLUB RESULTS.

NORTH OXFORD.

Winter Challenge round 4: 1 R & J Simpson 46pts, 2 C Varney & J Nicholson 45, 3 D & R Titcombe 43.

Midweek Turkey Trot Stableford: 1 D Wisken 41pts, 2 J Simpson 39, 3 J Masih 37.

Captain's Drive-in (7-hole Texas Scramble): 1 A Wood, C Varney, FLuteijn & L Riding 20.9, 2 C Hiles, M Henderson, J Clarke & J Northover 21.4.

HINKSEY HEIGHTS.

Turkey Trot Stableford Mixed Competition: 1G Whitehead 42pts, 2 K Godfrey 41, 3 Stephen Byrne 38.

WITNEY LAKES.

Ladies Medal: 1 S Baxter 88-20=68. 2 D Palfreyman 92-22=70, 3 H Clack 97-22=75.

WEST BERKS.

Ladies Texas Scramble Winter League: 1 A Davies & R Clayton 45pts, 2 S Biles & M Coutts-Laing 44, 3 M Harwood & G Mcauley 43.

Ladies Midweek Stableford: 1 A Davies 33pts, 2 O Adams 30 (cb), 3 J Davis 30.

Men’s Winter League (better ball stableford): 1 C Whelehan & G Cook 47pts (cb), 2 M Kendal & J Kendal 47 (cb), 3 J Hurst & S Henderson 47.

Men’s Midweek Stableford: 1 B Loughlin 41pts, 2 S Blyth 37 (cb), 3 B Lancaster 37.

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