The Lord's Taverners v Rugby's Golf Club
Seven teams of golfers representing Lords Taverners set out on a gloomy October morning to try to wrest the Dominic Welham trophy back from Rugby’s Golf Club and succeeded – by one point (the same margin that separated the teams last year). Both teams also had the objective of raising some funds for the Taverners and Help For Heroes (Rugby’s charity). The weather forecast was not good but, once again, things turned out differently from expected and the 56 golfers remained mainly dry throughout the morning.
The best 5 of the Taverners’ teams scored a total of 386 points to the Rugby Golf Club’s 385. The Essex CCC team consisting of Graham Napier, Tim Phillips, Jon Lewis and Arnie Witkin took the first prize with 83 points. In second place came Rugby’s Edgars Water team with 81 followed in 3rd by Taverners’ HB International with 79 (on a countback from Rugby’s Hanover Search team).
Martin Saggers, a member of the Taverners’ Catch 22 team, had a very special day. He had a hole in one (his first), took the nearest the pin prize (on a different par 3 hole) and also won a raffle prize. He was, of course, delighted and the assembled company gladly forfeited their hole in one drink in favour of a donation from Martin to the 2 charities of the day. Mark Rowley took the longest drive prize.
Everyone enjoyed a fine Sand Martins carvery lunch and Duncan March, a Taverner and an ex- Marine (so equally interested in both charities), cleverly extracted £1660 from the audience’s pockets in the auction and together, with the raffle and the secret auction, the charities benefited to the tune of over £3200.
All agreed that it had been a very enjoyable day on a fine golf course.
Original event details:
Venue: Sand Martins Golf Club, Wokingham
Price: Team £390, Individual £130
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