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GOLF REVIEW 2018
We opened our golfing season at Burnham Beeches Golf Club on March 28th in torrential rain.
Turnout was disappointing but those of us there enjoyed the usual banter and competition.
Winner of the Captain’s Prize and AGM salver was Charles Burrows with 34 points. Mark Stevenson pipped Chris Lyons for 2nd place on countback, both with 31 points. Our Captain Tom Dissen won the seniors prize.
Guest winner was Paul Barker (guest of Cliff Knowlden ) with a best score of day 36 points off 8 handicap. Runner up was Chris Scoble (guest of Peter Hinson)
Nearest pin prizes were won by Andrew Lee and Mark Stevenson.
At the AGM, Cliff Knowlden passed on the sad news that Bob Botcherby had passed away a few days earlier. Bob had run the Overseas Bankers Club Golf events for many years and gave a fabulous speech at the Society’s 50th Anniversary event some years ago. He was a true gentleman and a lovely guy.
Our opening Competitive team event of the year saw us playing for our first time in the World Traders Golf day which was held at Woldingham Golf Club, on April 24th 2018.
What a fantastic start to our new season in continuing our success from last year with the team consisting of Tom Dissen (captain), Andrew Lee, Mark Stevenson and Charles Burrows and between them winning 3 prizes.
A tremendous team effort and 129 points resulted in us winning the team prize (best 3 scores per hole), the 2nd and third best placed teams each came in with 124 points.
Tom Dissen came second in the individual guest competition with 43 points and Andrew Lee third with a score of 39 points. The winner had 44 points. A total of 20 teams participated in great playing conditions and our thanks go to The Worshipful Company of World Traders for hosting this very enjoyable day.
Picture from the left: Andrew Lee, Mark Stevenson, Organiser Dallas Macgillvray, Charles Burrows and Tom Dissen.
We then fielded a team of 4 in the Prince Arthur Inter Livery Cup competition at Walton Heath. With some 50 teams playing, the 36 hole foursome bogey competition is a tough one!
After the morning round, we were lying in 3rd place; Tom Dissen and Andrew Lee were –6, whilst John Treadwell and Cliff Knowlden were +2. Clear leaders at that point were The Barbers on +9.
A strong afternoon round from Andrew and Tom ( +3 and best score of the afternoon ) and Cliff and John (-2) saw us finish overall on – 3. ..............The Barbers, struggled somewhat in the afternoon but held on to win on –2, ie beating us by just one shot. Well played to them.
On a glorious sunny June day, we then held the Spring event at New Zealand Golf Club. What a delight it is to play there!
Winner of the Spring Trophy was David Roberts, with Andrew Lee and John Treadwell 2nd and 3rd respectively. Tom Dissen won the Keller Cup competition. The guest winner was John Illsley (guest of Andrew) with a best score of the day 37 points. Nearest the pin prizewinners were Paul Delaney (guest of Michael Llewelyn- Jones) and Tom Dissen.
The afternoon greensome competition was a very close run affair. Winners were Stuart Howell and James Buchanan (guests of David Roberts) on 30 points over the 13 holes, narrowly beating John Treadwell and Steve Anthoney (guest of Jason van Praagh) who had 29 points. 2 other pairs similarly scored 29.
We then moved into our busiest time of year with our teams playing in a number of events.
A team of 4 captained by Tom Dissen and including Chris Lyons, Cliff Knowlden and Charles Burrows won the team prize in the W C Info Technologists Golf Day at Burnham Beeches. 13 teams played on what was a much friendlier day weather wise than when we were there for our AGM Meeting earlier in the year. Cliff managed to win the individual prize.
We then moved on to the W C Marketors Fellowship Golf day at Verulam where 21 teams participated on what was a scorching day. We entered 2 teams of 4, Team A seeking to retain their trophy from 2017 – Tom Dissen , Peter Hinson , John Treadwell and Mark Stevenson. Team B, seeking to dethrone them.....Cliff Knowlden, Jonathan King, Michael Bowles and Klaus Schreiner. Over the years this has been our most successful event and thus the comments/ banter from all present when it was announced that Team B were the winners ( 113 points) and Team A were 2nd ( 111 points) was all highly amusing! To compound their amusement Cliff also won the individual prize (38 points) .
Tom then captained our team in the Annual Loriners event at Sundridge Park. Tom, Michael Bowles, Andrew Lee and Robbie Kerr came 3rd in the team event, but an excellent 41 points from Michael saw him win the individual prize.
Two WCIB teams participated in the Ray Jeffs Cup tournament at Hartley Wintney GC on another baking hot summer's day in July . The lead team of Jonathan King, Mike Housden, Chris Lyons and John Nestor scored 76 points but were outscored by our other team of Michael Llewellyn- Jones, Can Bitrim, John Naish and David Roberts with 78 points (2 from 4 players scoring). Unfortunately, both teams left too many scoring chances out on the course and finished "mid- table" with the Actuaries winning the trophy with 93 points. In the individual event, David Roberts scored well with 38 points and narrowly missed 3rd place on count back with 41 points (an Actuary) winning the day. A consolation was a nearest the pin prize for Jonathan King on the 17th.
Later, a great win was achieved at the 2nd World Traders livery golf day held at The Old Fold Manor golf club, a Harry Colt design.
The WCIBGS team consisted of Tom Dissen (Captain) Charles Burrows, Chris Lyons and Terry Upham (making his debut as a team member) with a winning score of 85 points.
Also worth a mention....., our lucky “mascot” Charles had now played in 3 events and had been on the winning team every time!
Second place score was 84 points and third place 79 points.
The WCIB Captain came second in the guest competition, on count back with a score of 37 points
A very interesting course with superb greens and tough par 3 holes played in glorious weather and no wind. The Worshipful Company of World Traders provided excellent hospitality and they were extremely grateful that the WCIBGS supported the event.
A WCIBGS team then played in the Worshipful Company of Carmen/Fanmakers golf day held at Verulam golf club. Our team consisted of Tom Dissen (Captain), Andrew Lee, Michael Bowles and Trevor Bush.
Due to the very dry summer we had had, preferred lies were the order of the day to afford some protection for the fairways.
Our team scored well again with a score of 92 points (best 2 scores counted) ....
The winners were the Tilers & Bricklayers with a score of 97 points, and the Carmen came second on 94 points.
The good news that day was that we came second in the Worshipful Company of Fanmakers event with a score of 121 points (best 3 scores) losing out to the Carmen who scored 123 points.
Our team participation was extremely well received and the Carmen look forward to our involvement again next year.
The Lord Mayor's Charity Appeal Golf day was held at Moor Park on September 17th, in which 18 teams were represented including the WCIBGS.
Our team consisted of Tom Dissen (Captain), Jason Van Praagh, Can Bitirim and John Treadwell.
This prestigious annual event is held in support of the Lord Mayor's Appeal with all funds going to the multiyear appeal currently supporting 3 charities: Place2Be, OnSide Youth Zones and the Samaritans.
The event itself was extremely well organised at the splendid Moor Park Golf Club ( that is some Clubhouse!) and was played on the High course.
Methods of fundraising during the day included an entry fee for Nearest the pin competitions on all par 3 holes, the buying of mulligans (which were expertly used by our Team) some tremendous raffle prizes and some rather special SILENT AUCTION items.
It is a tremendous pleasure to report that the winners of the event were indeed the WCIB team who produced a super team score of 100 points and won on count back from the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, whilst in 3rd place were the Tallow Chandlers on 97 points. Jason Van Praagh won one of the nearest the pin prizes. Needless to say our team were elated and proud to win such a high profile event.
What a summer that was!
Our final golf event was at Swinley Forest on 4th October. This was certainly a summer that kept giving as we had really good weather again with the afternoon round in glorious warm sunshine.
The morning singles saw John Treadwell win the De La Barre trophy with 37 points which also meant he won the Mallory Trophy for the best score in a round at our 3 events. Tom Dissen won the Korts Salver with 32 points. 2nd place in the main competition went to Can Bitirim and 3rd to Mike Housden. The Guest prize was won by Tony Allen (guest of Jason van Praagh) with 38 points, narrowly edging out Alex Morris ( Guest of Can) on countback. Anne Treadwell won the ladies competition with 30 points. Nearest pin prizes were won by Rob Edge and Doug Hutton (guests of Cliff Knowlden and Peter Hinson respectively.) Tom had also donated a bottle of champagne for the winner of a Par 3 challenge (best cumulative points score on all par 3’s at all 3 of our events). This was won by..........Tom. (happy drinking!).
Pictured above: Tom Dissen ( left) and John Treadwell with trophies.
The afternoon greensome was a keenly fought affair over 13 holes with Can and Alex winning by 1 point from Peter and Doug whilst Phil Swanson and Rob Edge ( both guests of Cliff) were 3rd.
This event was in effect the final one for Tom Dissen as Captain. His 2 year tenure has had a number of amazing successes both for individuals and for various WCIB teams. He has led us from the front, most ably supported by Andrew Lee, his vice Captain. Very many thanks Tom and congrats on the many successes.
We now have the task of organising the 2019 Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal Golf Day. There is a real need to access some appealing auction items as the target auction income needs to be circa £10,000. Thus, we urgently need to hear from any WCIB members whose firms/ contacts have access to possible auction items and /or who are able to in any way sponsor part of the event. For example corporate boxes at a sporting event/ entertainment event/ sponsorship of wine for the day / sponsorship of prizes for the day etc etc. Please contact either Cliff Knowlden/ Jason van Praagh/ Nicholas Westgarth. Thank you
So ends a pretty remarkable year and a fabulous 2 tear Captaincy stint for Tom Dissen. Andrew Lee will take over the reins at our AGM Golf Event in April.
Best wishes to you all at this festive time.
No doubt you will get diaries in your Xmas stockings so dates for next year’s events are as follows:
AGM and Golf event at Walton Heath April 3rd 2019
New Zealand Golf event May 22nd 2019
Swinley Forest Golf event October 3rd 2019.
2017 Annual Review of WCIB Golf Society
Our first event of the year took place at The Addington near Croydon. On what was a really good weather day scoring was pretty good overall. The course was in very good condition for so early in the year and the greens significantly quicker than most of us have seem to date! The course is a real gem and with plans in for a completely new clubhouse having been submitted, this will be some venue in the future. We will certainly return there.
A strong turnout of 35 saw the Captain’s Prize (from new incoming Captain, Tom Dissen) and AGM Salver won by Alexej Pikovsky with 37 points. Well done Alexej on your first golfing success. Runner up was Tony Tucker on 35 points whilst in 3rd was Andrew Lee with 34 points. Andrew was playing off 2 shots below his club handicap ( as he had been a previous prize winner) so his score was very solid. The guest prize was won by Emma English (guest of Cliff Knowlden) with 35 points,. Derek Nute (guest of Peter Hinson) was 2nd on 34 and Keith Mullins (guest of Michael Housden) was 3rd ( on countback) with 33 points. Nearest pin prizes were won by Emma and John Treadwell whilst the Seniors’ winner was Michael Bowles.
We held our AGM after the prizegiving and this saw Tom Dissen appointed as Captain for the next 2 years with Andrew Lee being his vice Captain.
May always sees the start of a busy golfing period for the Society...........
Tom Dissen ( new 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( guest of Cliff).
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 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.
The WCIT (The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists) held its annual golf day at the Lambourne golf club on June 27th , at which the Worshipful Company of International Bankers (WCIB) Golf Society was also represented.
The WCIB team consisted of Peter Hinson, Tom Dissen ( Captain), John Treadwell, Mark Stevenson ( pictured above with Peter Cordery- centre- organiser of the WCIT event)
A total of 14 teams were represented at this event played over a testing golf course with particularly fast greens.
I am delighted to report that the WCIB golfers did themselves proud in winning 3 of the top 4 prizes on the day. This included winning the overall team event with a total of 88 points. Mark Stevenson won the individual competition with 38 points playing off a 9 handicap, and John Treadwell winning the nearest the pin on the 17th hole.
This was a great team result and bodes well for the rest of the year.
Coming fast on the heels of our success at the W C Information Technologists Golf Day , we entered teams in events hosted by the W C of Marketors , The W C of Loriners and also the Ray Jeffs Livery Schools Link competition.
The WCOM ( The Worshipful Company of Marketors), held its annual "Ryder Cup" Livery Fellowship Golf day at the Veralum
golf club on July 3rd .
The WCIBGS team consisted of Peter Hinson, Trevor Bush, Tom Dissen ( Captain), and Andrew Lee. ( Pictured below)
A total of 24 teams (15 Livery Companies) were represented at this event which was played in ideal conditions with some tricky pin placements.
The WCIBGS team did themselves proud in producing another superb team performance in winning 3 prizes on the day. This included winning the overall "Ryder Cup" Livery Team trophy with 115 points ( best 3 scores per hole to count) .
The second and third team scores were 113 and 110 points.
The WCIBGS captain won the individual prize with 37 points and Andrew Lee was second on 36 points.
This is the 4th time in 10 years that the WCIBGS have won this prestigious team event. Clearly, the words "International Bankers again" received some playful comments from the hosts, all in good fun!
A tremendous WCIBGS team result with excellent hospitality providedby the Marketors who celebrated the 10th anniversary of holding this event.
Soon after, The WCOL ( The Worshipful Company of Loriners ) held its annual Golf day at Sundridge Park Golf club on July 7th , at which the WCIBGS also took part.
The WCIB team consisted of Tom Dissen ( Captain ), Michael Bowles, Robbie Kerr and Trevor Bush.
A total of 18 teams took part in hot conditions with excellent greens and rather tough rough surrounding the greens!
Once again the WCIBGS team were in amongst the prizes coming third in the overall team event ( best 3 scores) with a total of 83 points, the Loriners team came second on 87 points and the winning team who actually were all members of Sundridge Park, won the team event on 88 points.
Our busiest period for competitions finished with our entry in the Ray Jeffs Livery Schools Link golf event at Hartley Wintney. Captain for the day was Andrew Lee ( Society Vice- Capt) who together with John Naish, Christopher Lyons and Klaus Schreiner came a very creditable 3rd with 16 teams competing. Andrew narrowly lost out on the best individual score whilst John won the Nearest Pin prize. Winners of the event were the Environmental Cleaners with 89 points, 2nd were The Furniture Makers with 83 with ourselves on 82.
The Carmen linked with The FanMakers to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Carmen and held an event at Cuddington Golf Club. Tom Dissen. John Nestor, Jonathan King and Cliff Knowlden represented the company. Despite scoring well, we actually came nowhere in the rankings and some scoring from the winning teams were eye wateringly impressive. (Winning score in the Fanmakers “3 per hole to score” competition was 127 points ( Info Technologists), whilst in the 2 to score competition the winning score was 96 ( Team Toby Pawson) . Many congrats to the winners .
Our season concluded at Swinley Forest Golf Club in early October. On a truly fabulous day, those present felt that the course was in magnificent condition with true fast greens and immaculate manicuring of fairways. 34 played including 16 guests. Morning scoring was tough as we sought to get comfortable with the fast greens. Charles Burrows won the De La Barre Trophy ( 35 points) with Mark Stevenson and Jason van Praagh coming 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Ladies prize was won by Jane Thomson ( guest of David Potter) whilst Paul Barker ( guest of Cliff Knowlden) won the guest prize with a best of the day score of 39 points.
Pictured below from the left Charles, Jane and Peter
In the afternoon we played a 12 hole greensome competition which was won by Graham Penn and Cliff Knowlden with 28 points. They just pipped Can Bitirim and his guest Mark Incledon on countback.
So all in all a very good year and one which Tom Dissen will do well to match in his second year as captain next year.
Our first event next year will be at Burnham Beeches Golf Club on March 28th. Please put this in your diaries and we look forward to seeing you and your guests at our various events