THE INTERNATIONAL BANKERS GOLFING SOCIETY
The Society actually came into existence back in March 1961, and was called The Overseas Bankers Club (OBC) Golfing Society. Following the merger of the OBC and The Guild of International Bankers, the Golf Society became that of the Guild and subsequently of The Worshipful Company of International Bankers in Sept 2004.
The Society holds 3 main events a year ( March/ April, May/June and October) playing fabulous courses such as Swinley Forest and New Zealand Golf Club and to which guests can be invited. We also enter teams into various Inter Livery events and have twice ( so far) finished runners up in the prestigious Prince Arthur Cup Inter Livery competition , held annually at Walton Heath. We have also been fortunate to win a number of other competitions over the years including the Lord Mayor’s Annual Charity Golf Day event at Moor Park in 2018.
We fielded 2 teams at the annual Golf Day hosted by Worshipful Co of Marketors at Verulam on July 1st. Over the years this event has been a very happy hunting ground for us but it was not to be this year.
Andrew Lee ( Capt) with Tom Dissen, Mark Stevenson and Peter Hinson were our team A with Cliff Knowlden, Michael Bowles, Jonathan King and Klaus Schreiner ( 2018 winners) team B. Winners of the event were the Brewers with an excellent 116 points (best 3 to score per hole). Our Team B had 106 points.
Thankfully we did get a mention, the hosts were delighted to announce that we were not in the prizes but then had to finish up having to indicate that Peter Hinson won the Lord Mayors Charity challenge which was a nearest the pin competition on the golf simulator played at Hazeltine National Golf Club’s famous par 3 17th.
On May 16th our new Captain , Andrew Lee led a team with Tom Dissen, John Nestor and Mark Stevenson in the Prince Arthur Inter Livery competition at Walton Heath. Scoring on the day proved difficult for all but the winners ( well done to The Cutlers) , but we finished 6th out of a field of some 50 Companies, thus ensuring our entry into next years event. I hear that the bunkers were in excellent condition ( enough said!)
Our Spring Trophy meeting was held again at New Zealand Golf Club on 22nd May. What a picture that venue presents, a beautiful course surrounded by rhododendrons, many of which are in full bloom in May. The sun was shining and the afternoon was surprisingly warm.
The morning singles saw Cliff Knowlden win the Spring Trophy with 35 points, narrowly beating Trevor Bush on countback. Trevor thus won the Keller Cup. Runner up in the singles was Tom Dissen (34) with Charles Burrows 3rd on 32. A good number of guests enjoyed the day, so much so that the Guest winner Phil Swanson- guest of Cliff) had a best of day score of 39 points . Nearest pin prizes were won by Captain Andrew Lee and Danny Mead ( another guest of Cliff).
After a super lunch, we embarked on the afternoon greensomes competition. It may have been something to do with the wine at lunch but temperatures had seemingly gone up several notches and it was very warm! Scoring was hot too with Terry Upham’s guests, Allan Brodie and Wayne Collier scoring a hefty 30 points over the 13 holes and winning the afternoon by 1 point.
The next 2 months will see us entering teams in a number of inter livery events- good luck everyone.
We will return to Swinley Forest on October 3rd and details for that meeting will be circulated around mid July.
The first event of our Golfing calendar is the AGM event which this year was held at Walton Heath Golf Club. Andrew Lee became Captain for the next 2 years with Jason van Praagh his Vice Captain.
A good turnout of 36 ( incl guests) saw us have good weather and some good scoring. Winner of the Captain’s prize and AGM Salver was.........Jason with 36 points, with John Treadwell and David Roberts scoring 34 and 32 respectively. Pete Weller ( guest of Cliff Knowlden) won the guest prize , with a best score of the day of 42 points off a 10 handicap ( impressive!). The Ladies prize was won by Jane Thomson ( guest of David Potter). Andrew Lee won the “seniors” prize with 32 points.
We enter teams in various inter livery events throughout the year and the first of the year was the World Traders Golf Day at Woldingham at end April.
Our team consisted of Tom Dissen ( acting Captain in the absence of A. Lee) John Illsey, Charles Burrows and Mark Stevenson.
The course was in good condition and the weather perfect for golf with 16 teams participating in the event.
The WCIBGS team put in a commendable performance and finished with a score of 112 points, but outside the top 3 places.
The winners were The Farriers on 125 points, 2nd, The World traders on 120 points and in third place The Tilers & Bricklayers on 118 points.
The WCWT organizers thank all participating teams for supporting their day and looked forward to seeing us again next year.
For your diaries , we shall again be at Swinley Forest on October 3rd.
Members of The Company who have a recognised golfing handicap are eligible to join the Society. Simply contact the Clerk who can provide the contact details for the Golfing Society Secretary.