Liveryman David Houseman, Chairman of the Golf Committee, reports on the Stationers' Foundation Golf Classic held last month.
Once more the Foundation Golf Classic was held at Worplesdon and in glorious sunshine. Seventeen teams of four set forth to play on this beautiful Surrey heathland course.
For some the experience proved to be more difficult than for others, with too much heather, too many bunkers and even a lake or two too many!
However after a fun filled morning on the fairways and immaculate greens, drinks were taken in the sunshine on the terrace at the Club. Somewhat reluctantly, the participants who had been joined earlier by the Master, Helen Esmonde, repaired to the Dining Room where a splendid lunch awaited us, followed by the prize-giving and auction.
Prior to the prize-giving the Master talked of the work and causes that the Foundation supports and this year the Saturday Schools are one of the major charity projects that she particularly wants to help.
For the first time this year the Jonathan Straker Trophy was also presented to the Liveryman or Freeman with the best individual score and, happily, Jeannie Straker and her son Will,who presented the Trophy, were able to be with us.
1st Christian Poltera 40 points
2nd Chris Hills 38 points (on back 12 holes)
3rd Barbara Houseman 38 points
1st Spicers (see photo below) 92 points
2nd The Four Birdies 85 points
3rd Peggs 84 points
Nearest the Pin on the 7th Hole: Bob Swallow
The Jonathan Straker Trophy: Martin Woodhead (with Will Straker in main image) 35 points
Our Auctioneer this year was Duncan McEuen, who in the past had sold fine wines at Christies, and who proved to be a very class act who extracted from the audience some good prices for our auction items.
The total raised for the Foundation was just over £9,000, which is a very creditable figure and our thanks go to all who entered teams, as well as our sponsors and those who so generously gave auction items, for making this result possible.