Retford Golf – in the pink!

by | 17 October 2023 | Hobbies, Retford, Sports Club

Recently the ladies of Retford Golf Club held a Pink Lunch in aid of this year’s Lady Captain’s charity Breast Cancer Now. This charity not only supports people with this disease but funds important research that has enabled more reliable treatments, so that the survival rate has doubled in the past 40 years.

The ladies were invited to ‘Wear Pink! Eat Pink! Drink Pink!’ as well as having a Pink Raffle. There were many prizes: bottles of rosé wine, chocolates, toiletries, pink rugs from Kev’s Carpets and generous donations of vouchers from Ye Olde Bell, Revue Hairdressing and the Body Café. Over £300 was raised and a fun time was enjoyed. There was even a Pink Quiz!

Earlier last month both the Captains of Retford Golf Club held their joint Charity golf day, supporting not just Breast Cancer Now but also Weston Park Cancer Charity and raised £2,600 – a fantastic amount. There was also a well-supported Music evening raising £550.

But they don’t just raise money for charity – they play golf too! Anybody is very welcome and the ladies section is currently running taster sessions, so go and try golf at this friendly club.

Retford Scratch Team promoted

The top players at Retford Golf Club are celebrating their most successful season following their promotion to the Championship Division 2 of the Nottinghamshire Golf Union League in commanding style, winning seven of their eight matches against other Nottinghamshire clubs.

Six wins out of the first six matches meant promotion was guaranteed well before the season ended. The team included Mark Nicholson, Owen Rafferty, Andrew Cooke, Chay Rafferty, Chris Wakefield, Alex Woodcock, Ralf Marshall, Qinqin You and Peter Wheatcroft – most of whom gathered for a celebration dinner at Fred’s Cantonese Restaurant in Grove Street, Retford.

Club President, Stuart Moore, who manages the team, was delighted. He said: “It is a stunning performance from the guys and we hope to progress and do the same next year to get promotion again onwards to the Premiership Division 1.”

Outstanding player of the year was Owen Rafferty who, at age 14, playing scratch, won all seven of the matches he played including a dominant 10 and eight victory against Ratcliffe. This means winning all the first 10 holes of the round – a rare feat, after which he could not wait to tell his dad, Chay Rafferty, who was playing the match behind!

Club Captain, Dave Halford walked round to watch all the matches, and said: “I have been proud to witness some great golf being played by everyone on the team and this is a highlight of my year.”

Next year’s fixtures will include home and away derby ties against close neighbours Worksop Golf Club, as well as Wollaton, Stanton and Norwood. Full details of these matches will be found on the website of the Nottinghamshire Union of Golf Clubs,