President and Captain’s Half Term Report – 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The AGM does not seem that long ago. But much seems to have happened since. Completing the project that was started by the IPP to re-house our silver in a new cabinet at the City of London Club took up a lot of time in the early months. A Master cabinet-maker with a workshop in Kent was chosen to make the cabinet, and Members will be very pleased to know that the not insignificant cost of manufacture was underwritten by the Presidents, past and present. LGC is most grateful to them for their extraordinary generosity.

As a mark of gratitude LGC arranged for a brass plaque to be struck, showing the names of the contributing Presidents around the LGC coat of arms, and beneath a short inscription in recognition of the presentation to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Club.

For its part, the City of London Club has agreed that after 5:00pm any paid-up member of LGC, whether or not he or she is a member of the CoLC, is welcome to use the Salisbury Room and the WC facilities of the Club, but not the Members’ Bar, nor the general areas upstairs. The

Salisbury Room is first on the right after entering the Club; it has a bar and a very good snack and brasserie-type early evening food menu. Do please make use of it. The dress code for the Salisbury Room is business casual and ties are not a requirement, but the remainder of the club remains formal so do bear this in mind.

Our 125th Annual Dinner saw 298 members and guests at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in early March. A record number and only 6 below the Hall’s capacity. The President introduced Dr Johnny Gayner who proposed a toast to LGC.  The President then spoke, his theme being ‘match play golf as a character-builder of life’, with the occasional amusing story, and proposed the health of the guests. He then introduced Jeffrey Archer who responded on behalf of the guests.

President with Jeffrey Archer and Johnny Gayner his Guest Speakers at our Annual Dinner (below).

Members might like to note that the annual dinner next year will be one week earlier than usual, on Thursday 27th February 2020.

We enjoyed our Spring Meeting at Walton Heath in May in filthy weather, and our Summer Meeting at Royal St George’s in early July in glorious weather. And of our 25 matches this year we have now played 15; so, we are 2/3rds through the season.

The Spring Meeting, for which a 125th anniversary gold medal was awarded, was won by Gordon Marsh and Geoff Thrower with 75 points. An astonishing total given the weather; well played Gentlemen.

President presenting Gordon Marsh and Geoff Thrower, winners of the Spring Meeting, with the Tercentenary Salver and their Gold Medals. (below).

At the Summer Meeting the winners of the Howden qualifier, for which a silver medal was awarded, were the President and the Captain with 40 points on the par card. They then went on to win the Cyril Wintle Putter for which a gold medal was awarded. Their opponents in the final were James Hopper and Elliott Brown who each won a silver medal as runners-up. Well played to the four of them, and to the winners of the Hogg Trough, the Bedford Bowl, and the R&A Quaiche.

President and Captain by the 15th Tee having just prevailed in the Cyril Wintle Putter at Royal St George’s Golf Club. (Below).

President and Captain receiving the Cyril Wintle Putter at Royal St George’s Golf Club and their Gold Medals (below)

James Hopper and Elliott Brown – Runners up in the Cyril Wintle Putter with their Silver Medals (below).

Members who were in attendance at Royal St George’s for dinner assembled on the lawn (below).

At the Summer Meeting dinner in the clubhouse dining room the President announced that with the unanimous support of the Past Presidents, the names of Pat Murphy-O’Connor and Shaun Scade would go forward to the AGM as nominates for President and Captain respectively in 2020. Both nominations were received with great applause. The health of LGC was proposed by the President of Royal St George’s, Richard McClean, who spoke most generously about the long and friendly history between the two clubs and how welcome the members of LGC always were when we visit Sandwich. Kind words.

President and Captain receiving their silver medals from Richard McClean, President Royal St George’s Golf Club, at the dinner (below).

Out there on the battlefield we have won 8 of our matches, halved 3, and lost 4. OK so far. Notable scalps have been Rye, the Lucifers and Aldeburgh. Notable defeats include those at the hands of Royal Worlington, and the Seniors. The President, Peter Carroll and Alistair Westgate visited Holland in May to join in a match organised by the older and now non-competing members of the Dutch team of years gone by in what they termed a Lloyd’s memorial match. Language is a funny thing but happily the 3 of them were able to agree a translation on the day, re-naming it a Lloyd’s reunion match. The Dutch ‘Oldies’ were in cracking form and wish to be remembered to all their old friends and playmates in LGC.

LGC Vs. Dutch Insurance Golfing Society -Reunion Match (below).

Onwards we march to the next 7 matches. The annual match against the LGC under 35s is always a wonderful occasion at Sunningdale. We look forward to seeing our younger members out in strength then, and if possible at some of our remaining fixtures. Thereafter we play the Autumn Meeting at the Berkshire on 2nd October at which the final set of medals will be awarded, and we end the season with matches against the Himalayans, the Bar, and the Stock

Exchange. It really is a wonderful fixture list now that it has been trimmed down and altered a bit in recent years.

The Grand Finale to the year is the 125th Anniversary Dinner to be held on Thursday 21st November 2019 at Mercers’ Hall. It is a members-only evening, black tie, and intended to be a relaxed and informal occasion for us all to enjoy our own friendship and camaraderie in the most elegant of the City’s historical private buildings. There will be one guest; Tim Dickson, a recent Captain of Royal Wimbledon, Captain Nominate at Royal St George’s for its Open year in 2020, and Editor of the immensely popular Golf Quarterly magazine, has kindly agreed to speak.

It has been and continues to be our great pleasure to lead Lloyd’s Golf Club in this very special year. The support that all of you are giving to us both is tremendous. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

Jonathan Ticehurst – President

Andrew Sturdy – Captain

 

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