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A Leighton Buzzard man has been named as the next Captain of a unique group of golfers who have all experienced the privilege of being Captain of a Bedfordshire based club.
Ex-Captains of the 23 golf clubs in the County are eligible to play in the Bedfordshire Past Captains’ Golf Society, with fixtures against other groups and Counties during the year.
Former Leighton Buzzard club Captain David Hawkins will be the next Captain – but when exactly he will take over from current skipper Mike Davies has been clouded in uncertainty because of the corona virus lockdown which has resulted in many of this year’s fixtures having to be cancelled.
Says David, 65, who was Leighton club Captain in 2011 and President in 2013-14: “I am really delighted with being given the opportunity of Captaining the Bedfordshire team, whenever that appointment becomes effective.   Meanwhile, we must all ensure a safe return to playing golf and complying with whatever restrictions remain in place.”
David joined the Leighton club in 2000 having previously played at Millbrook where he was club Captain in 1994.
Having retired from a career specialising in transport in shipping and as head of air, rail and road transport with the Royal Mail, David, a 12-handicap golfer, was Bedfordshire County President in 2016/17, and is currently Secretary of the Bedfordshire County Golf.
Bedfordshire Past Captains play around 23 matches a year, with fixtures including games against Essex, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Suffolk, Gloucester, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Warwickshire, Northants, Leicestershire and Hertfordshire.   To date, only one of the fixtures has been completed.
Leighton’s David Hawkins and wife Tina.