RYAN King has been encouraged by the success of the second nine-hole night-time competition at Datchet Golf Club.

Fifty-six members and guests took part and, as participants hit their illuminated coloured balls into the clear but dark evening sky, back in the clubhouse secretary Mark Grieve and bar steward Eileen Murray were busy preparing for the arrival of the after-event dinner, cooked by Spices in Datchet.

There are three more night golf evens planned for 2018.

King, 30, is Captain at Datchet Golf Club and said: “The success of both competitions is very encouraging and I’m confident this will be a very popular event going forward.

“Judging by post-competitions comments that have come my way, it seems that everyone enjoyed the formate, and it surprised me that there were a number of good scores.

“The competition was played over nine holes with four members in each team playing a Texas scramble format.

“The winning net score of 24.2 (par 35) was exceptional but all teams finished under par, which just goes to show you don’t necessarily need daylight to score well.”

Bradley Spender (competition handicap five) has won a nine-hole stableford competition at Datchet with a total of 18 points.

The runner-up was David Walsh (competition handicap two), with Paul Smith (competition handicap five) in third position after both made a total of 15 points.

Kenny Kidston (nine handicap) won Division One of a January Stableford with 37 points. Freddie Wright (10) was runner-up with 35 points, while Ross Ford (nine) took third place with 31 points.

Frank Cook (17) won Division Two of the competition on countback from David Efde (21) after both scored 35 points. Third position went to Dave Jones (16) with 31 points.

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