Tim Westbrook reports:
On 29, June, 20 stalwarts turned up at a wet and windy Westerham golf club in Kent for the annual match between The Stationer’ Company and The Old Stationers Association Golf Society.
Team captains, Mike Kerlogue and Peter Bonner selected the competitive playing groups and after taking on ballast with bacon rolls we were ready to get on the tee.......
but Mike decided to explain the rules for a yellow ball side contest which proved unfathomable to those still suffering M 25 jet lag. Unfazed by this half hour diversion the first tee strokes were struck and battle commenced.
The OSA team was made up of; Tim Westbrook, Peter Bonner(Capt.), Ray Humphreys, Dave Sheath, John Taylor, Peter Clydedale, Dave Hudson, Doug Fussell, Peter Bennet (best individual score), Roy Saunders, Alistair Sivill and Roger Rufey. There were seven Liverymen representing the Company at the golf match; Chris Bell; Brian Hill; Neil Haslam; John Waterlow; Tony Mash; Brian Amor and Mike Kerlogue.
With an average age of 60+ the hilly terrain, boggy conditions and battering wind made it a real challenge for all concerned and the finishing hole played over water in front of the club house gallery provided a watery end for several players.
John Rowlands the newly appointed OSA President joined us for dinner an prize giving.
After a splendid meal Mike announced that The OSA had prevailed and retained the prestigious Hinkledon Cup but then confessed to having lost it so a water jug was presented instead!
I am embarrassed to say that after a couple of days searching I found it on my bookshelf at home where it had stood for the last 12 months. Apologies to all!
The venue for next year’s return fixture will be decided by the OSA Golf Society but I can safely say it will be North of the river where the climate can be better relied on.
Hopefully The Company will field more players next year with a view to securing the silverware for their trophy cabinet at the Hall.
Photography by Tim Westbrook