Once again we gathered as a club at Walton Heath Golf Club, on a glorious Spring day to challenge each other for the President’s Prize and the Tercentenary Salver. Our President arrived in fine fettle as did Andrew Sturdy accompanied by Otto.
Play commenced with the President leading the way and by the half way stage the early signs were that our members were enjoying the good weather and taking advantage of the Old and New Courses, which were in really fine condition given the cold Spring that they have had on the heathland, with 41, 40 and 39 points being recorded in the morning. Definitely time for all to quench their thirsts and full advantage was taken of the terrace by our members, although sadly supplies of Vodka Pimms have yet to hit golf club bars this Spring.
During the break in play many of us took the opportunity to take a closer look at the LGC accessories that were on display and Simon Peaford, Walton Heath Professional, doing brisk trade on towels, markers and putter covers and tote and shoe bags.
Members took lunch in good order with magnum’s of Beaumont on display and by 2.00pm the early starters had begun their second rounds. As we did so none of us were aware of what was about to unfold.
Where were you when…..?
People often recount knowing precisely where they were when certain historical events take place; fall of the Berlin Wall, JFK, Europe winning the Ryder Cup under Tony Jacklin’s captaincy, the Moon shot (that’s not a maximum in the IPL). Well I will certainly remember 13th May 2015 for a very long time as that was the day when I happily bore witness to something really quite remarkable which I believe is an Old Course Foursomes record.
Andrew Smith and David Lang knocked their Titleist ProV1 around the Old Course in 64 shots Gross (Par 72) to register 45 points and to take the President’s Prize and the Tercentenary Salver with an aggregate score of 84, which again is a record, beating the highest previous aggregate points score of 80.
If that is not remarkable enough they were level par for 7 holes, and played the balance of their round in 8 under par which consisted of 7 Birdies, 1 Eagle and 1 Bogey. If by chance you are thinking the number of shots received made the difference then let me put the record straight – they received 1 shot as Andrew plays off 1 and David off scratch.
As the news of this feat spread it was good to see that all took pride in being part of our club that allows us to keep such august company and those of us who thought we may be in with a chance of victory could only accept that Smith & Lang would be deserving winners, although the President seemed to have a look of utter disbelief at the news of their score.
Meanwhile Gordon Marsh and Katie Raven busied themselves with the final accounting and with the scores all in, our President Called us to order and prize giving commenced.
Winners on the New Course were Shaun Scade and John Eakin with 43 points.
Winners on the Old Course were Lennox Batten and Fraser Waters with 43 Points.
Winners of the Veteran’s Prize (Best Aggregate Score on Old and New Courses) were Philip Truett and James Hopper
Runners up were Robin Clark and Simon Allport with an Aggregate Score of 79 points
Winners of the President’s Prize and the Tercentenary Salver with 84 points were Andrew Smith and David Lang.
With the formalities over, the winners invited the members to join them at the bar to celebrate their remarkable victory. Whilst this was going on we took the opportunity to gather those Past President’s of Lloyd’s Golf Club who were present for a photograph on the steps of Walton Heath GC.
Past Presidents of Lloyd’s Golf Club with S D Clapham our current President. From L/R Back Row: Tim Kemp (2007), Philip Truett (2000), Robin Clark (2013) Front Row: Charlie Cantlay (2014), Charlie Davies (2009), Simon Clapham (2015), Wim Bushell (2012), David Gilchrist (2006)
Our thanks must go to:
- Our President – Simon Clapham, who’s day it is, for his wonderful prizes.
- Gordon Marsh – Spring Meeting Secretary, and Katie Raven for all their hard work in organising the event and running it so well on the day.
- Simon Peaford – Walton Heath Professional for putting on such a wonderful display of our new line of accessories.
- Walton Heath Golf Club for looking after us so well and for providing two courses, in great condition, contributing to the fun we all had.
Finally I would like to thank all of you who played for supporting the Spring Meeting so well, as we had 92 pairs on the day which is a great effort. The Summer Meeting will be held on 10th/11th July 2015 at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich and those wishing to play should sign up for the event on the LGC website where full details of the event can be found. At the time of going to press we have 17 pairs entered with a maximum total of 28 pairs available. If you do not have a partner please feel free to enter your name and we will endeavour to find you one.