Once again we took on the Senior’s at New Zealand Golf Club where early clouds threatened to bring the odd squall but the golfing gods favoured us and we enjoyed fine, sunny weather all day and New Zealand was looking at its loveliest with is array of rhododendrons in full bloom creating a majestic profusion of colours and hazards.
As we gathered for coffee though it became apparent that some of our members were wearing a different set of colours and we should congratulates Wim Bushell and Philip Whittaker on being elected to the Senior Golfing Society and making their Senior debut against us.
There was an obvious tinge of sadness in the air that day as we remembered our great friend and former President and Captain Colin Frizzell who sadly died a few weeks earlier, but as is the way of these things the match proceeded, all be it, in a more sombre mood than normal but as events turned out we were to be part of history again.
In a year of Lloyd’s Golf that has so far brought us the most remarkable final round in the Spring Meeting of a Gross 64 by Smith & Lang at Walton Heath to clinch the President’s Prize, Howard Cheetham stepped up to the tee on the 7th Hole (Par 3 2015 yds), pulled out a 5 Iron, let loose with those long levers and promptly dropped the ball, one bounce into the hole for one.
For those of you who don’t know the course this is a tricky Par 3 and to those who witnessed say it was indeed a very pure strike of the ball, high with a slight draw into a breeze! Fortunately for us the Steward was in attendance at the half way drinks table, twixt the 7th and 13th Greens and aside from the steadying libations required by Howard’s foursome, the magnificent Cheets requested that Champagne be put on ice for the end of the morning round.
So as we gathered on the terrace Cheets ensured that a constant supply of bubbles was on hand to quench the thirst of Senior and Lloyd’s golfers as they came off the 18th or 6th Greens and made there way to the clubhouse terrace where we all celebrated his hole in one.
What a perfect tonic to the diaspora we had all felt and as we sat and chatted we all couldn’t help wondering if Frizz was looking down with that smile thinking – “just like that!”
So lunch beckoned during which speeches were made in honour of Colin, recognising the massive contributions he had made to both the Senior’s and Lloyd’s Golf Club, and once the formalities were completed, battle was resumed with LGC leading 6 – 2.
The Senior’s took a run at us but our nerves held and we lost the afternoon round 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 but our morning work was enough to ensure a victory for LGC 9 1/2 – 6 1/2. The full result sheet can be found by following this link.