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Measures imposed to help reduce the spread of the Covid pandemic wiped out virtually all competitive and inter-club matches for Leighton Buzzard golfers this year…while new Senior Section skipper Denis Leitch is hoping a troublesome shoulder injury won’t sideline him during his forthcoming year in office.

Denis, 59 is due to succeed Ian Rimmer as Seniors Captain of the 600-member Plantation Road club in early January.  And with a busy schedule of golf and social events already in the diary, he’s hoping to avoid the need for surgery which could rule him out for most of the season.

“Medics know what the problem and how it can be cured, but if an operation is necessary it’s going to make playing golf very difficult,” says Denis.

Born in St Andrews, Fife, Denis has the perfect golfing pedigree.  His great grandfather David Hutchinson Leitch was a highly successful amateur golfer winning many prestigious tournaments as well as competing in The Open. One of the ‘crack’ members of the St Andrews club of which he was Captain in 1912, David was the first winner of a silver salver won in a major competition at Troon in 1888. The salver was returned to the Troon club by the Leitch family several years ago having been discovered in a house clearance. It now takes pride of place in the Troon trophy room.

David’s grandfather and father were both accomplished amateur golfers and Denis himself reduced his handicap to single figures before moving to South and playing at Dorking and West Herts before joining the Leighton club in 1974.

Denis, whose sons Mark and James both play golf, has been treasurer of Leighton’s Senior section for the past six years.