This year, owing to preparations for The Open taking place at our regular venue, Royal St. George’s G.C., the LGC Summer Meeting moved along the coast to Rye G.C. – another fine, challenging links course. As such, we always knew that it would feel different, but the change in the Covid roadmap again presented further challenges to our programme. Regrettably, we had to forego our usual formalities (no black-tie dinner this year, with small groups dining instead in different restaurants) but a focus on maintaining our golfing traditions kept everyone in good spirits and judging by the feedback, the event was regarded as a great success.
We teed off in heavy sea mist on Friday morning and although the forecast was for this to burn off, visibility stayed poor all day, making some of the longer approach shots to the pin even more challenging than usual! Saturday started in rain, but thankfully not for long, and by the end of the afternoon we finally enjoyed some gentle sunshine, as our winners returned to the clubhouse.
The Friday morning winners of the Howden Challenge Cup (stableford competition) were Ed Lines (Summer Meeting Secretary) and Francis Paszylk. Winners of the WJ Foster Cup (best veterans in this competition) were Simon Allport (Captain) and Sally Coryn (Hon. Sec.).
Friday afternoon saw the start of the three knockout competitions which take place over three rounds (with golfers’ entries dependent on their Friday morning results). The winners of the prestigious silver Wintle Putter (tier one) were Simon Allport and Sally Coryn. Edward Wilcox and Harry Reilly won the Hogg Trough (tier two) and the winners of the Bedford Bowl (tier three) were father-and-son team, Tim and Rob Kemp. The winners of the Saturday morning R&A Quaich stableford competition (for those knocked out on Friday afternoon) were Richard Hodge and Oliver Daws (no photos, sorry!).
Congratulations to all our winners, and our thanks to Rye G.C. who looked after us brilliantly, despite their ongoing building works. We look forward to returning to Royal St. George’s G.C. and the resumption of our usual Summer Meeting arrangements in 2022.