Eaton & Cringleford

Rudi driven to succeed

Just Regional
Mar 11, 2024 3 mins read

Rudi Hare is looking forward to a successful year on and off the course at Eaton Golf Cub after making a flying start at his captain’s drive-in.

“I was absolutely delighted that we raised around £1500 from the drive-in including an auction of prime tees, and other donations on the day. I wasn’t expecting it to be anywhere near that. I hope we can continue the success throughout the year and the enthusiasm for coming to events at the golf club.”

The event, which also saw Ladies Captain Kay Bailey, Veterans’ Captain Richard Nichols and Juniors’ Captain Harry Thomas driving off, featured 124 players competing in 31 teams. It was won by Paul and Daniel Manganaro, Steve Hill and Arthur Sauverin with 88 points.

Rudi, 45, an Eaton GC member for 10 years has a 4.0 handicap and plays in the Myhill club KO contest and in the scratch league.

He is looking forward to a year of fun and fund-raising at the club, which has over 700 members and has been a part of the community since 1910. “I have focused on bringing the various sections of the club together and I want to bring back the social buzz. Post-covid we struggled to get people into the clubhouse as much as we did pre covid,” he said.

Rudi has chosen the East Anglian Children’s Hospices as his charity for the year. “EACH is a charity close to my heart because because my friends Simon and Claire Nicholls’ son Harrison passed away at four days old in February 2010. They had a lot of counselling and support through EACH. Since then they have raised over £60,000 for EACH and the neo natal ward at NNUH and I want to support them. The work that EACH does is absolutely incredible.”

Almost £4,000 has been raised so far including £1800 from corporate donations, a £500 donation from the midweek swindle at Eaton GC, and £1500 from the drive-in.

Kay Bailey – Ladies’ Captain

“I have been playing on and off since a teenager and have been playing at Eaton since 2010 when I moved into the area and very close to the hidden gem that is EGC. My single-figure handicap flatters my actual ability! I love Eaton as it’s not just about the golf but fun and friendship are also the key values that make it such a special place to be for so many local lady golfers.”

Richard Nichols – Veterans Captain

“I finally took up golf in my forties when my legs gave up and football and hockey had to go. Previously Captain at Halesworth, I joined Eaton in 2010 when I moved close to Norwich. Since then I’ve got my name on the winners’ boards and have two hole-in-ones.”

 Harry Thomas – Juniors’ Captain

Harry only took up golf 3 ½  years ago and his dad calls him a covid golfer as he took it up during the pandemic. After a meteoric rise he is playing off +0.4!  In 2023 Harry won the National Schools Team Championship, finished 3rd in the Irish U15 Championship. received a call-up into the Wales Boys squad and has been  playing for Norfolk County Men’s 1st Team.

Left to right: Richard Nichols (Veterans captain), Rudi Hare, Kay Bailey (Ladies captain), Deborah Pollard-Barns (ladies vice captain)

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