The Autumn Meeting was held again at the Berkshire. The portents for the day were not good as upon arrival, for the early birds, we were greeted with grey clouds and rain but our worst fears for a wet days golf were soon dispelled as the conditions improved dramatically and play was conducted in perfect Autumn conditions which brought out the wildlife that lurks beneath the trees in the heather.
We had a total of 38 pairs entered playing for the Captain’s Prize and Tercentenary Salver, The Buncome Trophy (1908 Captain Prize) for combined aggregate Spring and Summer Scores Under 35, the 1923 Captain’s Prize – combined score for Spring, Summer and Autumn meetings and the Neville Drury Cup – Combined aggregate Scores for Spring and Autumn meetings.
The competitions are played over both the Red and Blue Courses and to everyone’s delight both were in fabulous condition and an absolute pleasure to play on.
At the halfway point the scores being returned were eclectic but 36 and above were setting the early pace and so to lunch.
The President, Cheets and Hitch fresh from their morning round.
Lunch at the Berkshire is a wonder to behold and members of LGC are among the most enthusiastic when it comes to dining, certain in the belief that plenty of Saint Veran and Chateau Lescalle will add yards onto the ball for the afternoon round. The afternoon returns in most cases gave lie to the belief except for some noticeable exceptions.
Now with all the various competitions being played for the calculations that have to take place under pressure are quite immense but this was meat and drink to our Andy Davies and his trusted PA, Sam Chrismas who took the art of organization to a new level. We had charts everywhere but it did ensure that the results could be collated and the Captain could be appraised of the various winners ion good time.
Whilst this was going on our members gathered on the terrace to muse over what might have been or had they done enough to secure prizes?
Some were very relaxed. Pat Murphy O’Connor and Howard Cheetham
Some a little perplexed! Charlie Davies and Andrew Cunis
Others have seen it all before. Tabby and the Captain
Eventually at around 6.30pm we were ushered into the lobby for prize giving and being the Captain’s Prize Jonathan Ticehurst, our current Captain, took over proceedings.
The Captain opened with a very deserved round of thanks to Sam Chrismas in recognition of her outstanding work in helping Andy Davies to organize the meeting, and presented her with a bottle of Champagne. Now our Captain as we know still has a twinkle in his eye, but the gallery were reduced to paroxysms of laughter and disbelief when during the presentation the Captain seemed to suggest an alternative use for the champagne but decorum won the day and Sam walked away, happy with her prize.
Buncome Trophy (1908 Captains Prize) Winner was Simon Acland pictured with the Captain
Simon Acland and The Captain.
Stewart Laderman and Gordon Marsh won the Veteran’s Prize
Stewart Laderman, Gordon Marsh, Captain
The Winners on the Blue Course were Nick Young and Simon Cox.
Simon Cox and Nick Young and Captain
Winners on the Red Course were Geoff Thrower and Mark Aylward pictured below receiving their prizes.
Geoff Thrower, Mark Aylward & Captain
And so to the main prize for the day.
With an aggregate score of 76 the Tercentenary Salver and Captain’s Prize, were won by David Roberts and James Kearsey, who are both pictured below receiving their prizes from the Captain.
Dave Roberts, James Kearsey & Captain
David Polden won the Neville Drury Cup pictured here with the Captain and his foursomes partner Simon Acland
Simon Acland, David Polden & Captain
And Simon Cox won 1923 Captain’s Prize with an aggregate score of 169 for all three meetings in 2014.
Simon Cox & Captain
With all the prizes awarded David Roberts thanked the Captain and the Berkshire Golf Club for their warm hospitality and he invited the members to join him at the bar.
I would like to add my personal thanks to you all for supporting our President and Captain through out this year and for supporting the club.