Ex-fireman Jim is blazing a trail on the golf course

JIMS JUG -- Jim Gissing receives the coveted Captains Day crystal jug.
JIMS JUG -- Jim Gissing receives the coveted Captains Day crystal jug.

Former fireman Jim Gissing is blazing a trail on the golf course and enjoying a red-hot summer at Ilkeston Borough Golf Club.

Gissing has already bagged five titles, and his latest success came on Captain’s Day when he won the coveted crystal jug for the 27-hole competition.

The 62-year-old, who plays off a 12 handicap and is in his tenth year at the West End Drive club, said: “I’m delighted. I’ve never won this before.”

The Captain’s Day competition is always one of the highlights of the calendar at the popular Ilkeston club.

As well as the golf on the nine-hole course, members enjoyed breakfast and lunch, prepared by the captain himself, Ross Slater, who announced that his charity to benefit from fundraising for the year would be Community Concern Erewash. This is an organisation that provides support services for local residents, such as gardening, decorating, DIY, decorating, befriending, activity groups, a luncheon club and a laundry project.

Meanwhile the golf club enjoyed county-wide success last month when their team of 12 golfers defeated Ormonde Fields Golf Club, of Codnor, by 3.5 points to 2.5 in a challenge match on the short, but tricky, Pewit course.

A return fixture at the much longer Ormonde Fields course, scheduled for later this month, is likely to test the Ilkeston Borough golfers more.