Golf Section – Mid Season Report

As we continue to bask in this glorious sunshine and look forward to the Open at Carnoustie, I thought that it would be good to provide an update on our golf section endeavours so far this year.

We were all saddened by the loss of Robert Hails who was an enthusiastic golfer and a good supporter of the section – he will be missed and our thoughts are with his family.

We have been busy participating in the multiple livery company events available – thank you for your support, with special thanks to those who “volunteered” at short notice when a team found itself short of a player:

Pewterers Day                    Alan Botterill, Bill Hudson, Michael Pomery

Team came mid table and Alan was second in the individual

World Traders Day            Jeff Medlock, Martin miles, Simon O’Regan, Gordon Sharp

Team came second and Simon was third in the individual

Horners Match                    Michael Deakin, Ian Farr, Bill Hudson, Jeff Medlock, Gordon Sharp

A hard-fought victory returned the Medlock Trophy to its rightful home

Prince Arthur of  Connaught             Bill Hudson, Martin Miles, Tom Ross, Gordon Sharp

Not quite mid table but made the cut for next year

Horners Day                          Alan Botterill, Michael Deakin, Ian Farr, Simon O’Regan

An enjoyable day but some way short of the podium

Newson Smith Day            Clive Hopkins, Jeff Medlock, Martin Miles, Michael Pomery

Mid table for the team and Martin won nearest the pin

Master’s Day

We enjoyed a day of lovely weather at Camberley Heath for the Master’s Day. Dick Strattan won the cup with an excellent individual score of 36 points on what proved to be a challenging course. We were delighted to be joined for dinner by the Master, Nick Dumbreck, and Past Master Sally Bridgeland who kindly donated a unique trophy to the golf section last year – The Past Master Bridgeland Beautiful Bunker Trophy. The players applied themselves diligently to exploring the bunkers in pursuit of the prize which went to Gordon Sharp who demonstrated some lack of expertise by getting into 10 bunkers but some excellent expertise in getting out of each in one shot.

Tour to Norfolk                   

Some 25 golfers, together with 4 non-golfing partners, visited Norfolk for our tour from 30 April to 2 May. On the arrival evening the main topic of conversation was the weather – storms with wind up to 45 miles an hour and torrential rain were forecast. While the worst predictions did not materialise, our mettle was tested by some horrible weather.

Our first round was at Sherringham a cliff top course with spectacular views – the course was open, just, and eventually 11 hardy souls went out in strong gusting winds (fortunately not blowing out to sea or we may have lost more than golf balls) to which was added heavy rain. Happily, the 11 all made it back with some interesting tales to tell. The team that won, or survived best, was Alan Botterill, Rosemary Derby and Simon O’Regan. Some of those who decided not to play enjoyed a more civilised day with a bridge competition arranged by Dick Strattan, or a Scrabble competition.

Our second round was at the traditional links of Hunstanton and the weather was delightful. We had 23 golfers and some decent scoring – with the team prize going to Jane Bennett, Graham Clay, Michael Deakin and Peter Felton. Simon O’Regan was awarded a special prize for efficiency, scoring over 30% of his points in two holes, scoring 4 stableford points on each.

Our third round was at Cromer where the stormy, wet weather returned in force, reducing the field. Eleven 11 hardy golfers made it round and enjoyed the best part of the day, having lunch in a warm dry clubhouse. The winning team in this select field was David Carse, Malcolm Murray, Tom Ross and Gordon Sharp with a special mention for Pam Hudson, unable to play due to injury, who caddied for Bill in the terrible weather.

As ever, the event is as much about the social side as the golf. We enjoyed excellent company and conversation in our dinners and left with good enthusiasm for next year – I will have to try harder on the weather.

Second half of the season

We have complete teams entered for:

Marketors’ Day– Verulam

Loriners’ Day– Sundridge Park

Ray Jeffs Day– Hartley Wintney

Inter-livery pairs event– Moor Park

ACA Golf Day– West Hill

Also, we have entered a team for the Lord Mayor’s Golf Day on 17 September at Moor Park– we always look to support the Lord Mayor. We have two players but need another two to complete the team so we are looking for volunteers – please contact me if you can make what will be an excellent day at the prestigious Moor Park High Course and mansion house.  

Happy golfing, Alan