Inter-Livery Golf Day 2023

Inter-Livery Golf Day 2023

Tandridge Golf Club, Thursday October 19th 2023

The second Distiller’s Inter-Livery Challenge took place at Tandridge Golf Club, Surrey on Thursday October 19th.

The Distiller’s team of (l-r) John Barnes, Paul Varney, Chris Porter and Farren Drury

Hosted by Immediate Past Master, Chris Porter and Distiller’s Golf Secretary, Liveryman Graham Franklin, teams from the Worshipful Companies of Draper’s, Butcher’s, World Trader’s, Insurer’s, International Banker’s, Tylers & Bricklayers, Weavers, Makers of Playing Cards and Distillers all took part.

Playing in a four-ball-better-ball stableford format, the day was a little dank, but mercifully free from downpours enabling some enjoyable golf to be played on a course that was in fabulous condition.

A welcome dram of The Distiller’s Master’s Cask greeted every player upon completion of their rounds before heading everyone headed into the sanctuary of the clubhouse for the legendary Tandridge lunch!

Prize-giving followed, with only 11 points separating the top from the bottom team, with the Insurers emerging victorious. They were the proud winners of the magnificent print of Tandridge, freshly framed and engraved, presented especially for this annual Challenge by the inaugural winners, The International Bankers. Sincere thanks must go to their Immediate Past Master, Jason van Praagh for arranging this.

The Butcher’s finished in second place, finishing just one point behind the Insurers, with the International Banker’s making a very fair defence of their title, in third.

A very relaxed and enjoyable day spent in great company and fellowship. Thanks to everyone who took part and roll on next year!

Chris Porter
Immediate Past Master

Post-Scottish Dinner Golf

The morning after the Scottish dinner, an intrepid group of four (Messrs Gammell, Mills, Urquhart, and Williamson) held the annual Scottish section golf match at the Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society.

L – R: Matt Gammell, Nigel Mills, David Williamson

Founded in 1761, Bruntsfield is the fourth oldest golf club in the world and a challenging parkland course, with some deep bunkers that can cause havoc with a score card.

Hard fought throughout, Nigel set the pace showing the power, skill, and finesse of the low handicapper.

After a slow start, the higher handicapped chasing pack had to use the Stableford system to its full potential to keep things close.

Each of Matt, Michael and David had moments to remember, reducing the points difference to keep the galleries entertained. Michael’s tee shot to the par three 10th, which flirted with the hole, was particularly memorable.

In the end, Matt’s driving and consistency around the greens was enough to pip Nigel to the win in increasingly wet conditions. Victory was toasted over very welcome soup and sandwiches in the club house afterwards.

Many thanks to Matt for making the arrangements and his hospitality on the day.

David Williamson
Liveryman

Distillers Golf: RAF 603 Sqn vs Distillers Golf 2023

On Friday 16th June we met at Kinross Golf Club in beautiful sunshine. We agreed the formalities and set off to play Montgomery one of the two courses.

The course was in superb condition with beautiful mature tree lined holes framing the greens. The course was superbly laid out with a number of well-placed lateral water hazards and the greens were well guarded with sand. This made for a challenging round especially when coupled with the very dry conditions as the hard greens were very difficult to hold on to.

All the matches were tightly contested and as the scores came in it was neck and neck, thankfully for us Cammy was not able to pull off the same heroics as last year and I am pleased to report that the Distillers were eventually victorious and won back the shield.

L-R: Kenny Mackay, Andrew Macaree, Michael Urquhart. Matthew Gammell, Flt Lt Nick McGlynn, Air Specialist (Class 1) Garry Campbell, Flt Sgt Joyce Souter, Flt Lt Cammy Dalziel, Flt Sgt (ret’d) Jason Robson

Thank you to Nick and the team at 603 for hosting a very enjoyable day and for putting on such great weather. We look forward to next year and I am sure another tight contest.

Matthew Gammell
Liveryman

Keith Garrard to step down as President of the Distillers Golf Society

Our esteemed and long-serving President – Keith Garrard – has taken the decision to step down after 15 years of guiding the Distillers Golf Society to the place it is today. We now have at least six external matches per year against other livery Companies, three Golf Days per year, as well as knockout competitions in both England and Scotland, which are enjoyed – and closely fought – both sides of the border. All these golfing events enable members to meet in a sociable (and competitive) environment, and Keith is to be thanked most wholeheartedly for everything he has done over the past 15 years.

Keith Garrard, Master 2006-2007

Of course, we are incredibly fortunate to have the most efficient Hon. Sec in livery golf circles – Graham Franklin – someone who organises, cajoles and sometimes even bullies us (in a nice way!) to ensure that the golf section of the Distillers is run like clockwork. Graham and Keith have made a great team!

I felt incredibly honoured to have been asked by Keith to take over from him as President of the Distillers Golf Society and am delighted to follow in his footsteps. I will try – with Graham’s help – to keep up the traditions of the society, and to make sure that the Golf Section of the Livery not only thrives, but also grows, both in numbers of golfers and in the esteem in which we are held in the livery world.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the match managers who ensure that we field a strong team for each of the matches, and please note that the first match is on Monday 3rd April v the Vintners Company. As I am now the President of the Distillers’ golf society, the fact that I am on the Court of the Vintners is irrelevant – my place is with you!

I would also urge you to put Tuesday 2nd May 2023 in your diary – as well as being my 68th birthday (all presents gratefully received), it is also the date of our Annual Golf Day at Beaconsfield.

May I wish you and your families a happy Christmas, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2023. Remember to keep your head still and your swing slow!

Ian Harris
President, The Distillers Golf Society

Inaugural Distiller’s Inter Livery Golf Day

On a foggy, soggy morning in the Surrey Hills, teams of 4 from 10 Livery Companies assembled at Tandridge Golf Club to take part in the first Inter-Livery Golf Day, organised by our Master and Hon Golf Secretary, Graham Franklin

A great day was had by all, with the team from the International Bankers (captained by their Master, Jason van Praagh) emerging triumphant, with the Tylers and Bricklayers (captained by Master, Simon Martin) finishing as runners up. The team from the Butcher’s Company also achieved a podium finish in third place.

The less said about the Distiller’s performance, the better! However, many thanks to Liverymen Ian Harris, Paul Varney and Jonathan Clark who made up the Master’s team and to Liverymen Neil Stevenson and Toby Cutler who joined up with two members of the Cordwainers to take part in the day.

The Distiller’s didn’t go away empty handed however, as Toby won the “nearest the pin” competition, putting an exquisite 8-iron tee shot to 2 feet from the hole at the 15th.

Toby Cutler receives the nearest-the-pin award from The Master

Above all, thanks to Hon Golf Sec, Graham Franklin, for his expert admin and organisation skills, making sure that the day went without a hitch.

Many good comments and enjoyed by everyone who took part – here’s to next year!

Chris Porter
Master 2021-22

Distillers Golf Society: Scottish Distillers VS RAF 603 (Edinburgh) Squadron

The Royal Burgess Golf Society, Edinburgh

We met at The Royal Burgess Golf Society on a beautiful fresh sunny day in early October and after a coffee and bacon roll we headed to the first tee. The weather was perfect for golf with glorious early autumn sunshine and a slight breeze.

L–R: Michael Urqhart, Matt Gammell, Nick MGlynn (603), Cameron Dalziel (603), Fergus Hartley, Archie McCallum (603)

The course was in superb condition with the green being perfect and providing a fast pace for putting. The teams were mixed into two 4 balls with the Distillers 3 players being nominated, and we then scored our Stableford scores against the course.

All the players made a good start with strong scoring until we reached the 141 yard 5th hole, where Cameron played a crisply hit 8 iron. The ball landed on the left fringe of the green on the edge of the bunkers and then rolled sharply right onto the green and straight into the hole!

This was his first hole in one as well as the first I have witnessed, and resulted a net Zero and 5 Stableford Points!

The competition continued to be tight, and we all enjoyed a great round of golf. After the round we retired to the clubhouse for a light lunch and refreshments while we counted the scores.

The result of the 3 scores was 97 points to 96 points with 603 Squadron narrow winners and Cameron’s Hole in One clearly proving vital.

The trophy was presented to Nick McGlynn and it was agreed that we all had a wonderful day out.

Matt Gammell handing the trophy to Nick McGlynn

Distillers

Matt Gammell – 35 points
Bill Wemyss- 32 Points
Fergus Hartley – 29 Points

603

Nick McGlynn – 35 Points
Archie McCallum – 35 Points
Cameron Dalziel – 27 points

The “Icicle” Winter Golf Meeting

The “Icicle” Winter Golf Meeting, held at Beaconsfield on 23rd November.

A full match report was written by Liveryman Bruce Hyde, who was the Winner of the Budge Brooks Shield on the day. This can be seen on the golf page in the members’ section.

Great time had by all and many thanks due to Graham Franklin and Keith Garrard for organising yet another wonderful event for the Golf Club.

The Prize winners were:

WinnerBruce Hyde37 points
Runner UpMike Keiller32 points
Third PlaceBob Howell29 points

Other participants  Mike Campbell, Mike Walpole, John Barnes, Allan Westray, The Master, Chris Porter, Bryan Burrough, Chris Searle, Rupert Bull, Graham Franklin, Keith Garrard, Chris Vane (Guest), Glen Macfarlane (Guest)

Anyone wishing to know more and come and play Distillers Golf, please contact Graham Franklin

Chris Porter
Master 2021-22

Golf Society

The Livery has a very active Golf Society with over 70 members covering the full handicap range. During the season there are four golf days, six matches against other Livery Companies and our Affiliates, and Knock out Competitions in both Scotland and the South.  Anybody wishing to play should contact our golf secretary Graham Franklin ggfranklin3@aol.com