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Golf News May 2017
WCIB Golfers on May 24th from L-R: Bernie van Praagh, Emma English, Jason van Praagh, Charles Burrows, Andrew Lee, Cliff Knowlden
May always sees the start of a busy golfing period for the Society.
Tom Dissen ( Society Captain) , Cliff Knowlden, Andrew Lee and John Nestor represented the Company in the Prince Arthur Cup competition at Walton Heath. This 36 hole foursome bogey competition is always a highlight and with 48 Livery companies represented, the team performed well to finish 3rd equal on points but 5th on countback. This ensures our entry for next year but it was very much a case of “ if only”. We were in 2nd spot after the morning round but could not maintain the momentum in the afternoon. Andrew and John unluckily missed out on a prize for the best 18 hole score in the afternoon (again on countback) . Event winners were The Merchant Taylors.
Our Spring Meeting was held at the New Zealand Golf Club on May 24th. What a scorching day! The course was absolutely stunning to look at with lush green grass and surrounded by shrubs and flowers in full bloom. Winner of the main singles event and the Spring Trophy was Andrew Lee, with Trevor Bush the runner up. Cliff Knowlden won the Keller Cup (over 60 competition). Nearest Pin Prizes were won by David Roberts and Can Bitirim. Charles Burrows won the guest prize (guest of Andrew Lee) with a best of the day score of 35 points whilst the ladies prize was won by Emma English.
The temperature went up several notches after lunch and the greensome competition was won by Jason van Praagh and his father Bernie, who was over from Melbourne. Their score at 31 points over the 13 holes was very impressive. Runners up in that competition were Tom Dissen and Can Bitirim.
At 21 the turnout for the event was a little disappointing and hopefully we will return with a higher number next year. Those present on the day felt that we really must retain playing at New Zealand. It is a course that is not on many people’s radar but it truly is a wonderful venue and we are always made most welcome.
We now turn to playing in a variety of Livery Company events and reports will appear here in due course.
Enjoy the Summer everyone.
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