This is my last blog for this year as we have now completed all our matches for 2019. Autumn has been a very successful time not least for the Richards family with father Richard and son Marcus triumphing in the Autumn meeting (I attach a photo of said gentlemen with lots of silverware) and husband Richard and wife Rebecca contributing to our success in France.
Our Autumn meeting was held this year at Purdis Heath Golf Club in Ipswich. This is the home club of our member John Pulham who kindly invited us all for drinks at his nearby home on the evening before our golf day. This was our first visit to Purdis Heath for some time and there was an excellent turnout.
Members brought their guests for a full day of golf – foursomes in the morning and Rye foursomes in the afternoon. The outstanding performance of the day came from Paul and Marcus Richards who scored a total of 81 points earning them the Pat Hill/Alan Baillie Rose Bowl as well as the Jimmy Stones (family foursomes) salvers.
VISIT TO DEAUVILLE
Our annual match with our French counterparts at the Golfe Club du Palais is always eagerly anticipated. This year we were hosted in Deauville for two days/three rounds of golf and excellent French hospitality. With a late cancellation Rebecca Richards stepped in at short notice and proved a great addition to the team. It was a close match with the teams equal after two rounds and I am pleased to say the LSGC came through with a winning score in the final round to retain the trophy won at Royal Liverpool the previous year. More polishing and engraving work for the captain !
We love Royal West Norfolk GC at Brancaster. A course steeped in history and a regular event for LSGC matches. It also has something to do with the secretary’s liking for staying at the nearby Titchwell Manor hotel! This year we invited the Northern Irish team whose skills at negotiating a links venue by the sea somewhat exceeded that of the LSGC team. It’s not always easy when competing against players whose home course is Royal Portrush, the venue for this year’s Open Championship. As always the match was played in excellent spirit and we left our N. Irish friends to smuggle the trophy in their luggage back home. No customs checks as yet !
Our last match of the year was played against the Welsh solicitors in somewhat damp but beautiful surroundings at the Rolls of Monmouth and Monmouthshire courses. The Welsh had one dubious member who went by the name of Bryn Mulligan. It was good not to have Mr. Rowlands picking me up for not giving the full title to our club ( The Law Society Golf Club of England AND WALES) as on previous occasions in my closing addresses. This time it was trully the English against the Welsh and the English won retaining the rather grand Three Feathers Trophy. Our thanks go to Howard Palser and his team for their hospitality including a rather good night out in a Spanish restaurant in Abergavenny.
And so to next year. We await with interest the new fixture list from our Secretary. I look forward to seeing many of you at New Zealand golf club in the Spring, our regular venue for our first outing of the year. I hope also that you have the date for my captain’s day in your diaries – 31 March 2020 at West Hill Golf Club, details to follow.