CAPTAIN’S BLOG – May 2019
It is now just over a month since I was appointed your captain for the year at our Spring meeting at Hillside which was another enjoyable outing for the LSGC so I thought I would take the opportunity to update you all on progress so far. Hillside was particularly successful for Gerry Johnson who won the John Jenkins scratch trophy; Ben Hughes who was victorious in the Stableford singles and won the Blackheath Bowl; and Gerry Kennedy and Robert Ackroyd who triumphed in the Stableford foursomes to win the John Folley Salvers. Hillside is always a treat to visit. It is the home club of Liverpool FC royalty (King) Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen who were in attendance but not to play with us ! We witnessed much activity there preparing for the British Masters won this year by Marcus Kinhult, his first European tour victory after 52 attempts – there is hope for all of us !
After Hillside I was invited to join the past captains for their outing to Formby on the condition I was not allowed to win ! I gave it my best but came up two points short of Ian Newton who won with 34 Stableford points.
Then it was off to Leeds for our annual match against the Scottish. Alwoodley and Moortown are two courses designed by Alistair Mackenzie who also designed Augusta (see the LSGC flag flying at Alwoodley below). The most notable feature at Moortown was a brass plaque in the bar marking the spot where some years ago a member’s ball had landed and from where he was required to chip through the window onto the 18th. green. This is now out of bounds !
Hardly back from Leeds and it was off to Heathrow for a flight to Munich for the German match. This year we visited the beautiful “Sound of Music” area of Bavaria. We saw no Lederhosen but lots of excellent food and wine interspersed with golf in magical settings surrounded by snow capped mountains. The Germans gifted us team shirts for the last day (see below). Franklin complained because he had already selected his outfit for the day and could not wear it ! He was nevertheless his usual jolly self (see below).
After Munich we met the MCC at the ever immaculate Berkshire. Our healthy lead in the morning sadly disappeared in the afternoon. Something happened at lunchtime !
Many of you will know of the recent sad death from cancer of our captain from last year, Brian Sheridan. I was pleased that a number of members were able to attend his funeral last week. We remember him fondly. Influenced by Brian’s death and also our member David Wilkinson who died of cancer last year and the many of us who have had a close association with cancer either personally or through friends and family, I would like to invite members to support the work of the Royal Marsden cancer charity which I am proposing as my captain’s charity for the year. The Royal Marsden is a world leading centre which provides the very best care and develops life-saving treatments which are used around the world. To find out more please visit their website at royalmarsden.org If you would like to donate I have set up a justgiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lawsoccaptainscharity2019
AND NOW WE ARE OFF TO PORTUGAL for our 10th. ELTC meeting. All the preparations are in place so I know we will have a superb time of golf, fun and friendship. I look forward to seeing you all there in a week’s time.
With warm regards
LSGC Captain 2019