Review of 2021 from the Golf Society

Members of the Golf Section enjoyed another busy season playing in a variety of events on some excellent courses. Despite the restrictions of Covid, we managed to enjoy flying the flag for the WCA and engaging convivially with other livery companies in helping to raise charitable funds.

Thank you to everyone who played in an event, sometimes filling in at short notice to cover the inevitable team changes that occur when health or other priorities intervene.

It was a great pleasure to have 20 of us come together for Master’s Day at Beaconsfield in October, where we were delighted that Master Julie Griffiths joined us for lunch.

I have summarised the different events and players below, with a few accompanying photographs.

Our most notable achievement was to come 3rd equal out of 37 teams in the premier livery company golf event of the year, the Prince Arthur of Connaught Cup played at Walton Heath – a pleasant change from our usual battle to avoid the relegation zone.

Overall, 15 liverymen played in the different matches and we topped up teams on four occasions with friends. We would like to expand the group so please do encourage your livery contacts with an interest in golf to join in and enjoy some fine events.

I will aim to develop the expected programme for 2022 in January and to circulate this for your planning. Hopefully, many of us will be able to meet to enjoy the twice deferred tour to Wiltshire in May.

Keep safe and well.

Happy golfing.

Alan

1 June – Match v Insurers – Beaconsfield – Alan Botterill, Bill Hudson, Jeff Medlock, Philip Moore, Tom Ross, Gordon Sharp, Andy Cherkas

This was a new event which we intend to be an annual match – we started with a win, captained by Jeff Medlock.

21 June – Horners’ Day – Ashridge – Ian Farr, Clive Hopkins, Andrew MacRae, Gordon Sharp

Not the best of weather and there was copious rough, but always a good day at an excellent course. Under captain Gordon Sharp our team were respectably mid table.

21 June – World Traders’ Day – Woldingham – Robert Ross, Bill Smith, Simon O’Regan, Barry Hitchens

A soggy day on a damp course did not inspire the team, but good company and our support to the World Traders was much appreciated.

24 June – Newson Smith – East Berkshire – Rosemary Derby, Alan Botterill, Robert Ross, Bill Smith

A good team effort secured 4th place at this always enjoyable course.

5 July – Marketors Day – Verulam – Jeff Medlock, Philip Moore, Tom Ross, Bill Smith

An enjoyable day but our team were well behind some suspiciously high scores.

26 July – Loriners Day – Sundridge Park – Bill Hudson, Michael Pomery, Tom Ross, Clive Hopkins

Another excellent day at this fine course where everything is managed so well – our team enjoyed the course, the company and the service greatly, perhaps so much that their scoring was too relaxed to trouble the upper half of the field. The day raised over £2,000 for a great cause.

20 August – Prince Arthur – Walton Heath – Alan Botterill, Jeff Medlock, Mike Parker, Robert Ross

The team came 3rd equal overall – our highest ever position – and Alan Botterill and Mike Parker won some glassware for being 3rd equal pair out of 74.

15 September – Lord Mayor’s Day – Moor Park – Alan Botterill, Guy Freeman, Jeff Medlock, Bill Smith

A good team effort on the challenging Moor Park High course saw us take second place, albeit well behind what Bill Smith described as a dubiously high score by the City of London Police!

13 October – Master’s Day- Beaconsfield Winner – Guy Freeman

We had 19 golfers playing on the excellent Beaconsfield course with Guy Freeman just pipping Mike Arnold for the Master’s Cup. Angela Waddingham was the clear winner of the visitor’s prize with an exceptional 40 points. Alan Botterill, Margaret Ross and Tom Ross earned a special mention as each had their ball stolen by a crow during the round!

WCA Golf Section – Review of 2021

Some photographic memories

Master Julie Griffiths presenting Guy Freeman with the Master’s Cup, at Beaconsfield

Jeff Medlock, Bill Smith, Guy Freeman and Alan Botterill enjoying a successful day at the Lord Mayor’s Golf Day at Moor Park

Angela Waddingham – winner of the visitor’s prize at Master’s Day – with Master Julie Griffiths

Tom Ross, Michael Pomery, Clive Hopkins and Bill Hudson about to start their round at the delightful Sundridge Park in the Loriners Day event.