Spotlight on Ben Hazzledine, Board Member

When did you start playing and how long have you been a member at Newark?

Started playing occasionally in 1984, but at the time cricket was my main sport. Joined Newark GC in 2004.

 

Favourite course played and why?

St Enodoc. Superb links with the best views of any course I’ve played.

 

Best result as a golfer?

I won the Coronation Cup in 2004 with a nett 58. Caused the odd comment at the time ...

 

Biggest tournament you’ve attended or played in?

Not attended any big tournaments, but once played Carnoustie the week before the Dunhill Links. All the scoreboards were in place, so an enterprising local charged us £10 to have our picture taken in front of a scoreboard with our names displayed.

 

Most memorable moment on the golf course?

Winning the Winter League Cup with my brother.

 

Funniest thing you’ve seen on the golf course?

Chris Weaver chipping on the 12th – he’d asked me to video him. He duffed it and his reaction was priceless. I still have the video …

 

Favourite player and why?

No real favourite (many fine players out there). One thing that always sticks in my mind is Darren Clarke and Davis Love sitting by the 18th Green sharing cigars together after halving their singles match in the 2004 Ryder Cup. How golf should be.

 

Away from golf … other hobbies and pastimes?

I claim I’ve retired from playing Cricket … but you never know …

 

Favourite holiday destination and why?

Orlando, for the weather and the Parks.

 

Favourite food?

Steak and Kidney pudding.

 

Castaway on a desert island:

Your piece of music and why?

Graceland by Paul Simon. An album I never tire of listening to.

 

Your chosen book and why?

Night Watch by Terry Pratchett. The best of a series that I can read over and over and still makes me laugh out loud.

 

Your luxury item and why?

Sun cream. Lots and lots of sun cream.

 

Something about you that is unusual?

When working for NatWest Bank I was robbed at gunpoint …

 

And, finally … your ideal fourball?

Given the current restrictions, I’d be delighted to have a four ball with anyone! But, given the opportunity, Jack, Tiger and Rory.